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. Transfer speeds are displayed on the left with IOPS results on the right.
Performance with AS SSD is a bit lower than Crystal DiskMark but still excellent, especially when we consider that we are getting just under 200,000 IOPS from a ultrabook. The Copy Bench result was equally as good:
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.
SSD REPLACEMENT AND FRESH INSTALLATION
Replacing the SSD in the Dell XPS 13 has been extremely difficult for many, with countless threads resulting in no successful conclusion. In our scenario, the initial SSD was configured in RAID mode, and we wanted a fresh installation for our new SSD. Regardless of how we tried, we could not get any other SSD to properly install in RAID mode, with or without drive installation. Regardless of our efforts in RAID mode, the SSD would not be recognized at the installation process. To go even a step further, it would ONLY install in the Legacy Mode within the BIOS and not UEFI.
We were able to get it recognized and installed in UEFI by NOT creating an installable flash drive with the ‘Windows 7 USB Download Tool’. Rather, we found a little known software program called Rufus that installed all appropriate drivers, along with our Win 10 ISO, on the USB for a quick and easy UEFI recognized installation. Next up, we switched off RAID to AHCI and the installation went smoothly. As much as we continue to try and solve the RAID installation difficulty, we have had no luck so far.
DELL XPS 13 SIZE COMPARISON WITH THE MBA
One of the most striking features of the Dell XPS 13 is it’s incredibly small footprint. It is significantly smaller than our MBA on hand and, where the MBAs clamshell design might make it look thinner, it actually isn’t. Considering both screens are the same size, this is a significant size difference with the two head to head: