TSSDR TEST BENCH AND PROTOCOL
SSD Testing at TSSDR differs slightly depending on whether we are looking at consumer or enterprise SSDs. For consumer SSDs, our goal is to test in a system that has been optimized with our SSD Optimization Guide, although CPU C States have may or may not have been optimized depending on the motherboard base configuration. 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.
Purchased by myself at the end of 2012, this Test Bench build is a little out of date, however, it still has 2 high performing Intel SATA 6Gb/s ports for us to test any SATA 6Gb/s SSD on no issue. All of the components we use for testing and evaluation can be easily purchased at a relatively affordable price. The links provided below can assist in pricing, as well as availability for those of you who may find interest in our equipment.
|PC CHASSIS:||Corsair 650D|
|CPU:||Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.5GHz Quad Core|
|CPU COOLER:||Thermalright Silver Arrow|
|POWER SUPPLY:||Corsair TX650 PSU|
|SYSTEM COOLING:||Cooler Master MegaFlow 200|
|GRAPHICS CARD:||MSI GTX 660 Ti PE OC|
|MEMORY:||G.Skill Ares DDR3-1866Mhz Memory|
|SOUNDCARD:||Asus Xonar DX|
The software we will be using for today’s analysis is typical of many of our reviews and consists of ATTO Disk Benchmark, Crystal Disk Info, Crystal Disk Mark, AS SSD, PCMark Vantage, and Anvil’s Storage Utilities. In consumer reports, 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.
In the results please note that the MX100 256GB drive will always be on the left while the MX100 512GB will be on the right.
Crystal Disk Info is a great tool for displaying the characteristics and health of storage devices. It displays everything from temperatures, to the number of hours the device has been powered, and even to the extent of informing you of the firmware of the device.
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.
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. Performance is virtually identical, regardless of data sample so we have included only that using random data samples.