I'm not sure if this is exactly the right forums but if you can point me in the right direction or other forum, please let me know.
I have a Mac Pro (early 2009 model) and recently installed an SSD drive in Bay 1 (it's a 256 GB OWC Mercury Extreme SSD-E). I've been googling and searching for any SSD benchmarking utilities or tools for Mac however I have not been able to find any. I only see utilities for windows such as HD Tune Pro, CrystalDiskMark and SiSoftware Sandra.
If you know of or can recommend any SSD benchmarking utilities _for Mac_, please let me.
Mac Pro Workstation, Mac OS X (10.6.3), 2.93 Ghz Quad-Core Intel Xeon, iPad, iPhone
Reply by Kappy on Apr 26, 2010 8:37 PM
There have been a couple of benchmarking articles about the OWC product. Perhaps you should try searching for them on Google.There are no benchmarking tools specific to SSDs, but there are disk drive benchmarking tools such as SpeedTools (commercial) and XBench (freeware) - VersionTracker or MacUpdate.
Reply by JimKells on Apr 29, 2010 12:41 PM
GeekBench http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/systemdiskutilities/geekbench.html (free) is good too it gives you ability to compare with other similar machines.
@ Kappy & Jim: Thank you both for your suggestions.
I found a great disk benchmarking utility by Intech Software called "SpeedTools Test Suite for Mac OS X". It's packaged with QuickBench, ZoneBench and Integrity applications. QuickBench is a disk drive performance evaluation tool which allows you to run standard, large, extended and custom tests of sequential reads and writes and random reads and writes. ZoneBench measures the read and write speeds over an entire local storage device such as logical volumes or physical drives and Integrity utility detects problems associated with disk firmware, data cable signal quality and overall data transferring reliability.
With these apps, I can run various tests and determine if my disks, SSD boot and HDD's raid stripe volume, is performing optimally.