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Windows Vista Boot & Crysis Load Times

For this test we use disk imaging software to create an exact copy of the same Windows Vista Home Premium install on every hard disk drive before recording the time taken to boot from the BIOS logo screen and a working Vista desktop, using the Windows Vista Welcome Centre as the chequered flag.

Other than the Vista Welcome Centre, all other start-up processes were disabled prior to the imaging process. The boot time was recorded using a standard handheld stopwatch, with the test repeated five times and an average taken from the middle three results to produce the figures below.

We've retested a number of hard disk drives for our Crysis level load and Windows Vista boot time tests following some BIOS and boot optimisations to produce more accurate results. However, results are still recorded with a stopwatch, so even taking into account that we repeat tests multiple times there's still a very slight margin of error.

Boot Time

Windows Vista Home Premium 64 Bit

  • Corsair P256 256GB SSD
  • OCZ Vertex 120GB v1.3
  • Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
  • Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black
  • Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB
  • Seagate 1TB 7200.12
  • Samsung SpinPoint F1 1TB
  • Seagate 7200.11 1.5TB
  • Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green
  • Samsung EcoGreen F2 1.5TB
  • Seagate 250GB 7200.10
    • 24
    • 24
    • 54
    • 54
    • 56
    • 57
    • 60
    • 64
    • 74
    • 80
    • 96
0
25
50
75
100
time (secs) - less is better
  • Time (Seconds)

Crysis Load Time

1,280x1,024 0xAA 0xAF, DX10, High Detail

  • Corsair P256 256GB SSD
  • OCZ Vertex 120GB v1.3
  • Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB
  • Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
  • Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black
  • Seagate 1TB 7200.12
  • Samsung SpinPoint F1 1TB
  • Seagate 7200.11 1.5TB
  • Samsung EcoGreen F2 1.5TB
  • Seagate 250GB 7200.10
  • Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green
    • 28
    • 28
    • 35
    • 36
    • 36
    • 37
    • 37
    • 38
    • 40
    • 42
    • 43
0
10
20
30
40
time (secs) - less is better
  • Time (Seconds)

For analysis of these results, please see the Results Analysis page.