The number of new hard drives, SSDs, and other interesting storage devices due out this year is staggering. Heck, even what's coming in just the next few months is daunting. To meet this growing tide, I'm in the process of putting together a fresh suite of tests for storage reviews. And I'm open to suggestions—reasonable ones, anyway.
Obviously, the focus of the suite will be isolating storage subsystem performance. I'd like to have a good mix of synthetic and real-world benchmarks, and I'll probably restrict testing to Windows 7. So, what would you like to see in our new storage test suite? Keep in mind that a good benchmark test should be repeatable and offer performance metrics that are easily measurable. Ideally, tests should also be scriptable and use freely (or cheaply) available software. Oh, and relevant. Duh.
You can make suggestions in the comments below or email me directly. I should also note that a few elements of our current suite will probably migrate to the new one: IOMeter and FC-Test will definitely return, and there's a possibility that iPEAK—or something like it—could, as well. We'll also be doing system boot time tests and our usual level load tests with an updated collection of games.
|1. BIF - $340||2. chasp_0 - $251||3. mbutrovich - $250|
|4. Ryu Connor - $250||5. YetAnotherGeek2 - $200||6. aeassa - $175|
|7. dashbarron - $150||8. Lucky Jack Aubrey - $100||9. Captain Ned - $100|
|10. Anonymous Gerbil - $100|
|Intel debuts embedded Skylake-R CPUs with Iris Pro graphics||47|
|Chromebooks get multi-monitor support with DisplayLink||3|
|AMD bolsters its budget storage options with its R3 SSDs||12|
|Radeon Software 16.5.1 drivers fix Forza follies||5|
|Fallout 4 gets more love from Bethesda with Far Harbor expansion||20|
|AMD adds refresh-rate ranges to its FreeSync monitor page||38|
|Rumor: Early Broadwell-E benches hint at solid performance gains||91|
|HP refreshes Pavilion consumer PC lineup||18|
|Nvidia teases Pascal GeForces amid GTX 1000-series rumors||56|