G.Skill Falcon II 128GB SSD review

Memory (DDR4/DDR5) and Storage (SSD/NVMe) 357 Page 10 of 12 Published by


SSD Performance HD Tach


HD Tach

HD Tach is a physical performance hard drive test that uses a special kernel mode VXD to get maximum accuracy by bypassing the file system.

The HD Tach sequential read test is a little bit different from other benchmarks. Most benchmarks create a file on the hard drive and test within that file. The problem is that modern hard drives use a zone bit recording technique that allows different read speeds depending on where the data is located. Data on the outside of the drive is much faster than data recorded on the inside.

Obviously for SSDs this is not an issue. We measured read performance at roughly 214MB/sec measured.

In addition to sequential read performance, HD Tach tests the drive's random access time. Random access is the true measure of seek speed. Many drives advertise sub 10 millisecond seek speeds, but seek speeds are misleading. Also again, without a physical head that needs moving around, the SSDs are just so fast as they have no mechanical moving parts. Here obviously .. the smaller number is better, 0.1 ms (!).

G.Skill Falcon II SSD review

Here's a little test report of HDTach in both a long READ and WRITE sequence as well. Really fast results, with write performance a little lower measured at 133 MB/sec just like HDTach reported.

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