IOMeter is another open source synthetic benchmarking tool which is an I/O subsystem measurement and characterization tool for single and clustered systems, originally developed by Intel Corporation who ultimately discontinued their work on the software which today is a free and open source application.
Solid state drives do not suffer from long access times like mechanical drives do, which is why they can easily dominate in an I/O measurement benchmark. Using the default configuration, the Force GT 120GB drive managed to reach 7551 I/Os per second, closely followed by the SF-1200 SSD drive. In order to reach Corsair’s advertised 85K I/Os, one need to set up the software to perform a 4K aligned test run as described here.
SiSoft Sandra is a very popular software suite which can also be used as a synthetic all-around benchmarking tool. We are using two of the suite’s tests in our article, the File Systems benchmark and the Physical Disks Benchmark.
In this test the Corsair Force GT 120GB drive once again severely outperforms the SF-1200 based drive and is no match against the mechanical drives, running almost 5 times faster than a single, relatively fast 1.5TB HDD.