For testing, the drives are all wiped and reset to factory settings by HDDerase V4 which you can get yourself over here. We try to use free programs and some real world testing so you can compare our findings against your own system.
This is a good way to measure potential upgrade benefits.
CPU: Intel Core i7 980x @ 4.4ghz
Cooler: Noctua NH D14 (3 fan setup)
Motherboard: Sapphire Pure Black X58
System Hard Drives: C300 Crucial 256GB, 2x2TB Western Digital
Memory: Kingston [email protected] 2000mhz 6GB 9-10-8-9-28 timings
Sata Interface: Highpoint RocketRAID 620 SATA Controller
PSU: Corsair AX1200W
Graphics: Sapphire HD6870 Flex Edition
Chassis: Silverstone Raven 2
Operating System: Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate
Monitor: Dell U2410
Other Drives for comparisons:
Corsair F100 100GB
OCZ Vertex 2 100GB
Samsung SpinPoint F3
Atto Disk Benchmark
STALKER: Call Of Pripyat
All our results were achieved by running each test five times with every configuration. Median averages were extrapolated from the results – this ensures that any glitches are removed from the results. Trim is confirmed as running by typing fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify into the command line. A response of disabledeletenotify =0 confirms TRIM is active.