HD Tune Pro 4.01 is an extended version of HD Tune which includes many new features such as: write benchmark, secure erasing, AAM setting, folder usage view, disk monitor, command line parameters and file benchmark. It’s a popular benchmark and perfect for testing thumb drives.
Benchmark Results: The file benchmark gives us a better idea how performance will look in the real world and it’s obvious that pairing them is extremely beneficial as they scream in this benchmark.
CrystalDiskMark is a small benchmark utility for drives and enables rapid measurement of sequential and random read/write speeds. Note that CDM only supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ) with a queue depth of 32 (as noted) for the last listed benchmark score. This can skew some results in favor of controllers that also do not support NCQ.
Benchmark Results: Even the incompressible data used on the CrystalDiskMark benchmark barely fazed the pairing as numbers are still more than double on reads from what we saw on a single drive (435.8MB/s reads & 470.6MB/s writes) but shy of double on writes.
We have been running the AS-SSD Benchmark app for over some time now and found that it gives a broad result set. The programmer has worked very hard on this software and continues to make updates often so if you use it, show him some love and send him a donation. There are now three tests that are found within the tool and we’ll show the results from two of them.
Benchmark Results: Again, the performance numbers indicate nearly double that of a single drive where we saw reads at 503.19MB/s and writes at 472.22MB/s.
As expected, pairing a couple of drives like the Neutron GTX’s which already put up superb performance numbers singularly, really kicks up performance to a whole new level. In fact, in most of our tests, the throughputs nearly doubled from what we saw on a single drive. With the LAMD controller, we barely saw any difference between compressible and incompressible data which translates to a more even real world performance experience.
Those needing every bit of performance they can get should be very pleased with this setup. As with most things, the tremendous upside comes with a few drawbacks that most are already aware of. Obviously, there’s the cost of two drives rather than just the one which runs $219.99 shipped by itself. Second, you double the risk of data loss should something unfortunate happen.
Legit Bottom Line: If you like the performance of one Corsair Neutron GTX, you’ll be amazed how fast a pair of them are.