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[OLD VERSION] Size is not an indicator of performance

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In the online results, the partition size appears to be over-weighted compared to write speed. I would think many performance-oriented systems might have a small primary partition (SSD or short-stroked) and a larger, slower second disk.
For example:

Larger hard drive with worse performance gets higher score.

http://novabench.com/view/324.

- Primary Partition Capacity: 52 GB - Drive Write Speed: 102 MB/s

Hardware Tests (Score: 13)









- Primary Partition Capacity: 112 GB - Drive Write Speed: 93 MB/s

Hardware Tests (Score: 18)










Similar performance, but larger capacity:





- Primary Partition Capacity: 293 GB - Drive Write Speed: 201 MB/s

Hardware Tests (Score: 42)








http://novabench.com/view/1611

- Primary Partition Capacity: 559 GB - Drive Write Speed: 199 MB/s

Hardware Tests (Score: 58)













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The differences there are 5-16 marks, which on a most systems aren't that many points.

The NovaBench score isn't based solely on performance, but overall system value. The rational behind including hard drive size is this: on a system where performance is very close or equal, the one with the most storage capacity will win out by a small amount. So you are correct, in the formula, size is more heavily weighted than speed.

In retrospect, a higher weight probably should have been given to the speed. However it's not possible to change it now, but I will take it into consideration in the future (especially as SSDs become more common).

Thanks for your input.

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size is more heavily weighted than speed.


Depends on the person looking and what for that storage will be used for.
I for one have 2 HDD's (operating system and storage), looking to buy another for the operating system with 10k rpm.
I am looking for Read / Write speed, because this is what makes the computer slightly faster.

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