TSSDR TEST BENCH AND PROTOCOL
SSD testing at TSSDR differs slightly, depending on whether we are looking at consumer or enterprise SSDs. For our enthusiast testing today, our goal is to test in a system that has been optimized with our SSD Optimization Guide. To see the best performance possible, the CPU C states have been disabled, C1E support has been disabled, Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST) has been disabled. Benchmarks for consumer testing are also benchmarks with a fresh drive so, not only can we verify that manufacturer specifications are in line but also, so the consumer can replicate our tests to confirm that they have an SSD that is top-notch. We even provide links to most of the benchmarks used in the report.
Testing of the Kingston DCP1000 was a bit different of a test animal. Normally, the RAID configuration might be achieved on the device which is not the case with the DCP1000, where it was fully user configurable after installation, preventing any sort of RAID volume from the UEFI…or even enabling it to boot from a set RAID volume. The RAID volume needs to be set after bootup, eliminating testing with PCMark 8 and other programs where we prefer an unformatted volume.
Interesting enough, however, one could easily set one of the Kingston 400GB SSDs as a boot volume as it is UEFI compatible, and then RAID the other 3 volumes for their needs.
The components of this Test Bench are detailed below. All hardware is linked for purchase and product sales may be reached by a simple click on the individual item. As well, the title is linked back to the individual build article where performance testing can be validated.
|PC CHASSIS:||Corsair Crystal Series 460X RGB|
|MOTHERBOARD:||ASUS Z270 ROG Maximus IX Apex|
|CPU:||Intel Kaby Lake I7-7700K|
|CPU COOLER:||Corsair Hydro Series H110i GTX V.2|
|POWER SUPPLY:||Corsair RM850x 80Plus|
|GRAPHICS:||PNY GTX 1080 XLR8 Gaming OC|
|MEMORY:||Corsair Dominator Pl 32GB 2800|
|STORAGE:||Samsung 2TB 960 Pro M.2 SSD|
|KEYBOARD:||Corsair Strafe RGB Silent Gaming|
|MOUSE:||Corsair M65 Pro Gaming|
|OS||Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit|
The software in use for today’s analysis is typical of many of our reviews and consists of Crystal Disk Info, ATTO Disk Benchmark, Crystal Disk Mark, AS SSD, Anvil’s Storage Utilities, and PCMark Vantage. We might typically use PCMark 8, as well, but cannot as the RAID volume cannot be achieved at source leaving an unformatted volume for the test. We prefer to test with easily accessible software that the consumer can obtain, and in many cases, we even provide links. Our selection of software allows each to build on the last and to provide validation to results already obtained.