OCZ Vertex 2 60GB SATA II SSD - CrystalDiskMark and HDTach

Article Index
Features and Specifications
SSD Testing Info and Benchmarks
CrystalDiskMark and HDTach
HDTune and Final Thoughts

Performance - Crystal DiskMark 3.0:

As we get warmed up with the benchmarks we stop by and give CrystalDiskMark a run through the paces.  This is a very basic read and write test that is used to either confirm or deny the manufacturers rated speeds.  DiskMark uses sequential tests as well as 4KB and 512KB random tests to gauge how the drive will perform when reading and writing various file sizes.  Smaller file sizes had a very strong showing, but sequential reads and writes were much lower than we expected.

Crystal - Read 

 Crystal - Write


The CrystalMark tests show why we have a disclaimer on our SSD testing platform.  The results are not consistent with previous tests at all.  Granted, we are using the 3.0 version of CrystalDiskMark for this test, but the Vertex 2 shows much slower sequential read and write performance than its rated speed, and this is not consistent with other tests.  We ran the tests several times and always yielded the same results.  Win, Lose or Draw we have posted the results - although I believe CrystalDiskMark is not accurate in this instance.


Performance - HDTach:

While HDTach was great for testing out traditional hard drives, it lacks the precision required to test SSDs properly.  We still included the results as they read speed is quite interesting.  In this test we compare all four 128GB SSDs we've looked at recently as well as the 60GB Vertex 2.

HDTach Chart

HDTach favors the faster SATA 3.0 Crucial SSD in terms of reading, but the Vertex 2 performs better when writing in this test and comes in second fastest in terms of read speed as well.  It's a darn fast drive for sure.