Sony VAIO Pro 13 Ultrabook M.2 Native PCIe SSD Review – 1GB/s Performance Fastest Ultra Speed To Date

CRYSTAL DISK BENCHMARK VER. 3.0 X64

Crystal Disk Benchmark is used to measure read and write performance through sampling of highly compressible data (oFill/1Fill), or random data which is, for the most part, incompressible.

VAIO Pro 13 256GB SSD CDM

Once again, very good high sequential data transfer is seen and, as well, the low 4K random write performance result of 80MB/s is encouraging as well.

AS SSD BENCHMARK VER 1.6

Up until recently, AS SSD was the only benchmark created specifically for SSD testing and it uses incompressible data.  AS SSD, for the most part, gives us the ‘worst case scenario’ in SSD transfer speeds because of its use of incompressible data and many enthusiasts like to AS SSD for their needs. Transfer speeds are displayed on the left with IOPS results on the right.

VAIO Pro 13 256GB SSD ASSD BenchVAIO Pro 13 256GB SSD ASSD IOPSAs with all Samsung SSDs, the performance remains stable through even the toughest of benchmarks.  The low 4K-64Thrd read IOPS of 104593 were actually higher than that received when testing our new 512GB sample. As well, the .ISO transfer speed of over 600MB/s in this Copy bench below is also one of the best received yet:

VAIO Pro 13 256GB SSD ASSSD Copy Bench

ANVIL STORAGE UTILITIES PROFESSIONAL (BETA)

You may not see this for long (and it’s definitely not common) but you get a freebee simply for reading! Over the last little while, we have been assisting with beta testing new benchmark software called Anvil Storage Utilities which is an absolutely amazing SSD benchmarking utility. 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.

VAIO Pro 13 256GB SSD Anvil

Anvil Storage utilities results are a bit lower than expected but the benchmark does give us an ideal look at disk access times, as well as ultrabook specifications in the lower left panel.  We wanted to see if we could duplicate the high IOPS we had seen earlier and did some custom IOPS testing:

VAIO Pro 13 256GB SSD AnvilRead 109051 IOPSVAIO Pro 13 256GB SSD Anvil Write IOPS 69374When pushing the low 4K queue depth to 128, we were able to stretch IOPS to a high of 109051 read IOPS.

PCMARK VANTAGE X64 HDD SUITE

The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:

  • Windows Defender In Use
  • Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
  • Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
  • Starting the Vista Operating System
  • Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time consuming
  • Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as XBox
  • Cataloging a music library
  • Starting application

SONY VAIO PRO 13 PCMARK VANTAGE RESULTS

The Sony VAIO Pro 13 hit a Vantage Total Point high of 118574 with a high transfer speed of 786MB/s when testing in Windows Media Center.  This result was only 479 points short of the XP941 512GB test with a brand new SSD and a great indication of what this ultrabook is capable of.

VAIO Pro 13 256GB SSD Vantage

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Hi, You say in the report that you were surprised by the power on count and the power hours count. Imagine my surprise to find that my brand new OCZ Vector had six power ons, twelve hours and – wait for it – 4.67 Terabytes of NAND writes on the clock ! OCZ say that is due to testing but they make no mention of it in the owner manual , or anywhere else that I could find. Considering that the warranty is limited to 36 odd TB ( again not mentioned in the owner manual) then they should tell… Read more »

Les@TheSSDReview
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Many companies do burn-in testing and none that we are aware of speak to it in any manuals or literature, albeit 4.67TB might be a bit excessive. It is hard to speak to the size of the write without knowing the size of the drive.

EricZ318
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EricZ318

I own 2 SSD from Crucial, and they have always come with 100% life.
Maybe Crucial is reseting SMART info after factory test, but i find not acceptable to receive a new ssd with 89% life. Maybe they are sending some refurbished device !

Les@TheSSDReview
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No…wouldnt think so.

dravo1
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dravo1

It’s quite possible that during the manufacturing process the controller chip itself is placed in a tester and run through tests using test NAND and/or simulated data feeds. After passing it is then inserted onto the actual SSD card. I don’t believe there’s a way to erase the counters on the controller.

boogerlad
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boogerlad

That adapter looks very interesting. Is one ngff slot hooked up to the slot on the pcb, and the other ngff slot hooked up to the ribbon cable pci-e?

Les@TheSSDReview
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It is capable of that, however, we only use it as a straight plug in to the PCIe slot when the M.2 is installed on the board. Quick and easy.

Nexitus
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Nexitus

Is there a way to find out which module you have without opening up the VAIO Pro?

Les@TheSSDReview
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Yes conducting any of the tests we conduct is a given. Also, Crystal Disk Info or Anvil will fully identify the SSD.

iCrunch
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iCrunch

With the PCIe SSD that’s in my iMac, I “only” get 720MB/s reads, 640MB/s writes. I just installed Win 8.1 Pro on it and I wonder what test results I will get with all the Windows utilities. I also wonder if the new iMacs have the same “specially configured” versions of the XP941 that are found in the Mid 2013 MacBook Airs. Apple wouldn’t need to artifically things down in an iMac, though, would they? The thermal considerations that apply in the ultra compact notebooks are not present here, the new and slimmer (2012) design notwithstanding. This thing doesn’t even… Read more »

Les@TheSSDReview
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What size is your SSD?

pezcore350
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pezcore350

How can you warn us of the differences between the preconfigured (SATA SSD) and the customized (PCIe SSD) ones and then recommend an Amazon.com purchase?

If the only way to guarantee a PCIe drive is to customize it from Sony, then that is the ONLY way to buy this ultrabook.

Les@TheSSDReview
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There have been a number of purchases from that link, regardless of the review and our opinion with respect to the storage medium. Our position is not to take away the opportunity to purchase pre-configured systems, but rather, provide the consumer with the best buying position possible. Visibly, there is not a person that could see a difference between either system in typical use.

Thank you for jumping in and provided your thoughts!