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  • Solid State Drives (SSDs) and Vectorworks

    PVA - Jim

    Many users have begun to inquire on the benefits as far as Vectorworks is concerned, if they were up upgrade their old hard disk drive (HDD) to a solid state drive (SSD). 

    We in Technical Support cannot stress enough the benefits of an SSD upgrade for general computer use. Vectorworks operations themselves may not increase in speed, but all applications including Vectorworks will load faster, files will copy, move and save quicker and generally you will spend less time waiting for your computer to complete various operations than you would with a traditional HDD. We highly recommend this upgrade for any computer user.

    Below you will find a list of the Vectorworks-specific benefits you may see as a result of upgrading to an SSD as determined by internal speed testing in Technical Support:

    Test hardware details:
    Model: Dell Optiplex 990
    OS: Windows 7 64bit
    CPU: Intel i7-2600 
    RAM: 8GB DDR3 
    Graphics: Radeon HD 6450

    These benchmark tests were performed on the same physical machine, the only difference was the swapping of and HDD for an SSD. The OS was cloned from one drive to the other to ensure an identical software environment as well. These two sets of tests were performed with the operating system, Vectorworks, and the files used for testing all residing on the same drive. The specifications of both the HDD and the SSD used in these tests are listed at the bottom of this article.

    Vectorworks will launch and close faster.
    We have seen a minimum decrease in Vectorworks startup and shutdown times between 6% and 12%

    Vectorworks files will open and save faster.
    We have seen a minimum decrease in Vectorworks file open and save times between 8% and 12%

    Rendering speeds may improve.
    We have seen decreses in Renderworks rendering times between 5% and 16%. In some extreme cases, a 20% decrease in rendering time was seen, but this is above what is to be expected on average.

    HDD tested:
    Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002
    Interface: SATA/300
    RPM: 7200
    Sequential Read: 77.4 MB/s
    Sequential Write: 73.57 MB/s
    Random 512k Read: 33.78 MB/s
    Random 512k Write: 50.02 MB/s
    Random 4k (Queue Depth 1) Read: 0.52 MB/s
    Random 4k (Queue Depth 1) Write: 1.36 MB/s
    Random 4k (Queue Depth 32) Read: 1.28 MB/s
    Random 4k (Queue Depth 32) Write: 1.45 MB/s
    (Speeds determined by CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3)

    seagate hdd.jpg

    SSD tested:
    Mushkin Chronos MKNSSDCR240GB-7
    Interface: SATA/600
    RPM: None
    Sequential Read: 219.8 MB/s
    Sequential Write: 160.2 MB/s
    Random 512k Read: 211.9 MB.s
    Random 512k Write: 160.5 MB/s
    Random 4k (Queue Depth 1) Read: 29.64 MB/s
    Random 4k (Queue Depth 1) Write: 100.9 MB/s
    Random 4k (Queue Depth 32) Read: 110.3 MB/s
    Random 4k (Queue Depth 32) Write: 157.7 MB/s
    (Speeds determined by CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3)

    mushkin ssd.jpg

    Edited by JimW

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