TESTING THE SAMSUNG 960 PRO M.2 NVME SSD
We tested the Samsung 960 Pro in both the HighPoint NVMe RAID configuration, and in the OS RAID. The only RAID type in use is RAID0 and we have displayed the OS RAID results on the left with the HighPoint RAID results on the right, or OS above with HighPoint below, depending on the layout.
ATTO Disk Benchmark is perhaps one of the oldest benchmarks going and is definitely the main staple for manufacturer performance specifications. ATTO uses RAW or compressible data and, for our benchmarks, we use a set length of 256mb and test both the read and write performance of various transfer sizes ranging from 0.5 to 8192kb. Manufacturers prefer this method of testing as it deals with raw (compressible) data rather than random (includes incompressible data) which, although more realistic, results in lower performance results.
Both results appear to underachieve regardless of the RAID configuration chosen. As well, we would like to see a gradual performance increase as sample data size increases but this is not the case in either result. This is a perfect opportunity to mention that, most likely, this device hasn’t been fine tuned for such software as we see with many consumer SSDs.
Crystal Disk Benchmark is used to measure read and write performance through sampling of random data which is, for the most part, incompressible. Performance is virtually identical, regardless of data sample so we have included only that using random data samples. Remember OS left and HighPoint RAID right.
Both of these results floored us as we never expected to get anywhere near 10GB/s. It would be great to see consistency in our other tests so let’s keep our fingers crossed.
The toughest benchmark available for solid state drives is AS SSD as it relies solely on incompressible data samples when testing performance. For the most part, AS SSD tests can be considered the ‘worst case scenario’ in obtaining data transfer speeds and many enthusiasts like AS SSD for their needs.
ANVIL STORAGE UTILITIES PROFESSIONAL
Anvil’s Storage Utilities (ASU) are the most complete test bed available for the solid state drive today. The benchmark displays test results for, not only throughput but also, IOPS and Disk Access Times. Not only does it have a preset SSD benchmark, but also, it has included such things as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests, all of which are very simple to understand and use in our benchmark testing.