ArchiCAD and SSD drives – speed test

by GRAPHISOFT and Marton Kiss · updated: 03.30.2012

Using SSDs instead of traditional hard drives is a great performance upgrade as they provide lower access time and latency when reading/writing the data. This results faster load times and the write speed can also benefit of this. To read more about SSDs see: the SSD article on Wikipedia.

In this brief test we compared three computers – laptops.

  • Computer 1: a Dell Latitude laptop with a 5400 rpm hard drive
  • Computer 2: a mid 2009 MacBook Pro with a 7200 rpm hard drive
  • Computer 3: a mid 2009 MacBook Pro with a Solid-state drive (SSD)

Test results:

5400 rpm 7200 rpm Solid-state Drive
Open ArchiCAD after boot (built in template): 0:45 0:43 0:27
Open mid size commercial project: 0:55 0:48 0:34
Update 167 drawings: 2:00 2:17 2:03
Publish 33 layouts to PDF: 1:32 0:56 0:59
Open a huge commercial project: 6:32 5:37 2:44

{i} The results are in minutes:seconds format.

Experiences:

The test shows that all processes that are mostly reading data from the drive speed up extremely – opening ArchiCAD, loading projects, loading libraries. Other processes may speed up slightly but the result is not that extreme.

If you need even more speed:

  • different makes/models of SSDs provide different speed, consult the manufacturer’s websites for performance tests (the faster drives are usually more expensive)
  • use SSD drives in RAID arrays: RAID article on Wikipedia