AS SSD BENCHMARK VER 1.7
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.
First up we have the MX100 256GB results.
Reaching an overall score of 1060 and sequential speeds hitting 520MB/s reads and 330MB/s write is pretty decent for this drive. Furthermore, it was able to achieve the rated IOPS for its capacity no issue coming in at 85,773 read IOPS and 70,931 write IOPS at queue depth 64. While such high IOPS are nice to see, most consumers should be looking at the 4K performance of the drive. High queue depth speed results over queue depths 3-5 usually don’t matter much for typical consumer desktop usage. Reaching 31MB/s 4k read and an impressive 116MB/s 4k write is decent performance out of a budget oriented drive.
Now the copy Benchmark results.
This test basically gives us an idea on how the drive will deliver performance with a certain type of file. Comparing to our 1TB M550 results, Crucial seems to have improved the performance a bit with this drive.
Now we have the 512GB results.
The 512GB drive delivered decent performance in this test as well reaching a max of 518MB/s read and 479MB/s write. However, it wasn’t able to reach the rated IOPS of 90k read and 85k write in this test. 4k results are the same as the 256GB variant coming in at 31MB/s read and 116MB/s write.
Copy Benchmark results.
Here we see slightly better results than the MX100 256GB for ISO and Game rows, but slower speeds on the Program row. The difference is so minute that it is really a tossup between margin of error and actual performance differences.
ANVIL STORAGE UTILITIES PROFESSIONAL
Anvil 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.
And above are Anvil’s results, with a result of 5,210 points the 512GB beats out the 256GB overall which achieved 4,889 in this test. Furthermore, both drives had an issue reaching their rated IOPS. To see if I could get anything more out of them I tried the dedicated IOPS testing meters for read and write.
Here we go, now we are seeing some results. Testing at a queue depth of 32 the 256GB MX100 is able to reach 97,930 4k read IOPS and the 512GB is able to even break the 100k IOPS barrier at 100,086 4k read IOPS! For being rated at 85k/90k IOPS this is quite impressive!
And for our write tests, again both drives exceed their rated IOPS. The 256GB MX100 reaches 78,685 4k write IOPS and the 512GB reaches 87,047 4k write IOPS.