TEST BENCH, SOFTWARE AND PROTOCOL
TEST BENCH CONFIGURATION
|Motherboard||Asus Rampage III Gene SATA 6Gb/s USB3|
|CPU||Intel i7-930 CPU@2.80Ghz (OCd to 3.2Ghz)|
|RAM||6Gb G.Skill 1600 Triple Channel|
|Graphics||MSI N460GTX DDR5 768MB|
|Power Supply||OCZ ModXStream-Pro 600w|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper 212+|
|OS||Windows 7 64 Bit Ultimate|
|Wifi||Belkin Surf & Share Wireless USB Adapter|
|Monitor||Dell E228WFP 22? Flat Panel|
|Desktop Case||BitFenix Survivor Mid-Tower ATX Gaming Case (x)|
|Front Loading Mobile SSD Rack||Icy Dock SSD 4 x 2.5? Mobile Rack (x)|
Software used for testing by The SSD Review consists of Crystal Disk Mark, HDTune Pro, ATTO Benchmark, along with FutureMark PCMark Vantage. The first three do a great job of showing us the numbers that we want to see, or dont want to see in some cases, while PCMark Vantage x64 is an excellent program which recreates tests that mimic the average users activity, all the while providing a medium to measure each.
In order to ensure accuracy of tests throughout the evaluations, tests may be repeated or conducted in safe mode to confim consistency throughout and eliminate any possibility of a wild card result. Safe mode may be utilized as well as any other number of set criteria to ensure that tests conducted at present do not differ from those conducted in the past. Where comparative SSDs are still in the possession of The SSD Review, we will follow every opportunity to gain fresh test evaluations from sample media.
1. ATTO Disk Benchmark Ver. 2.46
ATTO is one of the main software applications used for manufacturers to determine the specs they post and at 742MB/s and 656MB/s read and write, they just aren’t that far off. This drive screams to be taken through PCMark Vantage testing and that will come soon enough.
2. Crystal Diskmark x64 ver. 3.0 (oFill)
The results dipped a bit in the high sequential read but the 4k QD32 is absolutely amazing. We have never seen anything even remotely close prior and, in fact, the result of this test almost doubled that of its little brother, the OCZ RevoDrive that we reviewed a few weeks back.
‘QD’ stands for que depth and, in simple terms, it is the amount of outstanding read/write requests waiting to access the SSD. A higher transfer speed is always best and results in success in getting the outstanding requests through the que. Higher results such as we see here are excellent indicators of the drives ability in heavy appliocation use.
PG 1 – Introduction
PG 3 – BenchMarks