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Dated: Jun. 24, 2013
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Hard Disk Drive
The authors of the program BenchMe and their protege are in a group of performance measuring tools. We will add that it is the measuring of hard drive performances, but also other types of storage spaces you have in your computer housing.
The program successfully tests flash memory, SSD drives, even the permeability of the RAID drives. BenchMe is not designed in a grandiose way, but it has a simple controlling interface and a group of the most basic options. The thing that we should point out is that the program is primarily designed for determining the so called linear speed of reading hard drives, then measuring the average speed of access (Access Time), ie. Determining the IOPS, the number of write-read instructions that the hard drive can service in one second. Of course you will get the basic information about detected devices, serial numbers, the original name, supported protocols (SMART, LBA48, TCQ, NCQ...), etc.
There are absolutely no settings, everything works as it is and the only thing that you need from the drop down menu is to choose the device you want to test. The first thing that is measured is the Access Time, then the IOPS, and in the end the linear speed of reading. Showing the results is in real time and they are visible on the screen until the test is done. The process of measuring the linear speed can last longer depending on the size of the partition/disk, and it is known that the speed drops when you get closer to the capacity limit of the tested device.
The biggest flaw of the program is the weak (or better non existent) possibility of comparing the gotten results. It seems that the author designed everything so it serves the purpose of comparing the speed of the devices that are on one system. And even then there is no possibility of direct comparison of the results, but you have to rely on good memory instead. Alternatively, the gotten results can be copied in a clipboard as a picture and then saved from some external editor. The size of the outgoing bitmap can be determined by yourself by choosing one of the four predefined values for width (max 1600 pixels). Finally, if you have a printer near you, the information can be printed and with that saved for further reading.
BenchMe is a simple tool meant for beginners and those that want to get the results fast and without much hassle. The program is free, it is easy to use (two clicks of a mouse, literally) and can work in a 64-bit environment. The thing that you may not like is the non existence of any settings, the limited number of tests, and the mentioned bugs when it comes to the comparison of gotten information. As a plus we have to mention the possibility of testing performances of flash memories, SSD drives and RAIDs. It sounds weird, but exactly these things are a deficit in competitive devices.
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