Crystal DiskMark / PCMark 7
Crystal DiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program allows to measure sequential and random read/write speeds; and allows you to set the number of tests iterations to run. We left the number of tests at 5 and size at 100MB.
With its abilities to trade blows with a Vertex 3 240GB, the Pyro SE’s performance may not be quiet as high as an enthusiast grade drive, but that is not the same as saying this is as slow drive.
While there are numerous suites of tests that make up PCMark 7, only one is pertinent: the HDD Suite. The HDD Suite consists of numerous tests that try and replicate real world drive usage. Everything from how long a simulated virus scan takes to complete, to MS Vista start up time to game load time is tested in these core tests; however we do not consider this anything other than just another suite of synthetic tests. For this reason, while each test is scored individually we have opted to include only the overall score.
It was not all that long ago that posting a PCMark 7 number such as this would have instantly allowed a drive to be called “enthusiast grade”. Sadly, those days are in the past, and while extremely good the Patriot Pyro SE’s numbers are exactly what you would want to see from a mid-tier drive: good but nowhere near the top of the chart good.
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