Benchmark results with ISRT enabled

In our test platform, we used the Core i5-2500K processor with 2x2GB Kingston running at DDR3-1866 C7-8-7-20-1T. The HDD we used is an old Seagate 7200.7 SATA 1.5G 160GB and the Kingston SSDNOw 64GB V Series SSD drive.

We first tested it without the SSD and cache disabled. PCMark Vantage HDD test gave us a score of 3237. With the ISRT enabled, the score shot up to 9451. That is a 191% increase in performance for PCMark Vantage HDD test.

In the detail test, the improvement can be up to 349% in application loading.

  Standalone HDD (MB/s) HDD with ISRT Enabled (MB/s) Diff (%)
PCMark Vantage Score 3237 9451 191.9678715
Windows Defender 15.561 46.355 197.8921663
Gaming 10.313 52.094 405.1294483
Importing pictures into Windows Photo Gallery 25.064 60.277 140.4923396
Windows Vista Startup 13.449 50.515 275.6041341
Video editing using Windows movie maker 34.076 60.075 76.2971006
Windows Media Centre 48.849 89.548 83.31593277
Adding music to Windows Media player 9.592 22.383 133.3507089
Application Loading 3.553 15.964 349.3104419


If you intend to take advantage of the speed, you have to remember to set the system to oeprate in RAID mode in BIOS. Most importantly, you need to get hold of the latest BIOS and ISRT driver from your vendor.

Come to think of it, if SSD pricing are coming down, would it be better that you get a SSD as your boot drive than to use it as a Cache. This might be true in years to come when we see higher capacity SSDs. HDD still provides a cheap storage medium and SSD will probably be just the CACHE for the time being.


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