SiSoft SANDRA and ATTO Disk Tests
We began our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA 2011, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran four of the built-in subsystem tests that partially comprise the SANDRA 2011 suite (CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia, Memory Bandwidth and Physical Disk Performance).
It’s almost impossible to build a rig with size and cost restrictions in mind without compromising somewhere. In the case of the Monster, that somewhere is in the graphics department, where it uses a solid but not particularly impressive NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M. As we’ll see on the next few pages, that will cost the Monster some points in a few benchmarks.
However, Eurocom made up for it by popping in a smoking fast Intel SSD, and in the SANDRA Physical Disk test, we see how powerful of a difference that can make. That 506MB/s blows away excellent some othher gaming systems like the Alienware M17x, which posted a score of just 87.34MB/s.
Otherwise, the SANDRA scores here are solid, if predictable.
ATTO is another "quick and dirty" type of disk benchmark that measures transfer speeds across a specific volume length. It measures raw transfer rates for both reads and writes and graphs them out in an easily interpreted chart. ATTO's workloads are sequential in nature and measure raw bandwidth, rather than I/O response time, access latency, etc. This test was performed on formatted drives with default NTFS partitions in Windows 7 x64.
Whereas rigs like the aforementioned M17x have lacked in the ATTO read/write test due to slower storage devices, we again see the performance benefit of the speedy SSD here.