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.
AS SSD is the bread and butter of SSD testing and it doesn’t take long to show the true colors of AMD storage performance.
Even more surprising is the fact that both PCIe SSDs didn’t get much better Total Score performance from AS SSD. Let’s take a look at IOPS…
Once again, there is not much to be surprised about with respect to IOPS, although it is good to see the Samsung XP941 break the 100K mark.
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 applications
Our first chart provides the test results for each of the eith PCMark tests in MB/s, followed on the next page by the Total Score result.