New Linux Benchmarks Of SilverStone's HDDBOOST
Written by Michael Larabel in Storage on 10 September 2010. Page 2 of 2. 16 Comments

Compressing a 2GB file with the SilverStone HDDBOOST setup was also faster than using the Seagate HDD or OCZ Vertex 2, but the original Vertex was actually the fastest by a small lead.

The Compile Bench performance with the HDDBOOST did improve significantly with it being 80% faster than a solo SSD while just 8% faster than the Seagate ST3320620AS HDD.

In not all disk benchmarks though does the HDDBOOST performance improve, but in SQLite (along with PostgreSQL) database tests there was not much of an improvement over the HDD, which is actually much slower than using a single SSD for such a workload. While this product can increase your read speed and decrease your write times, these results show that higher-end SSDs will continue to trump this in terms of performance. It's nice that the HDDBOOST retails for only $50 USD (at or, but at the same time you will still need to pickup a solid-state drive and hard drive. At least though this time around with our SilverStone HDDBOOST testing there was not any slowdowns when using this unique product.

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