Kingston HyperX 240GB SATA 3 SSD Review – Crystal Disk Mark, AS SSD and Anvil Storage Benchmarks

CRYSTAL DISK BENCHMARK VER. 3.0 X64

Crystal Disk Benchmark is used to measure read and write performance through sampling of raw (0/1 Fill/compressible) or random data which is, for the most part, incompressible. Many new SSD owners who cant wait to test the performance of their SSD often grab this program and run a quick test, not realizing that they are testing with incompressible data rather than compressible data used in testing by manufacturers. The following results will show RAW data (oFill) on the left with random on the right.

Crystal Disk Mark testing always shows performance results a bit lower than ATTO Disk Benchmark in our testing.  The 300+ MB/s result for high sequential and 512K write speeds with incompressible (random) data we are seeing is excellent but the key thing to observe in these tests is the low 4k random write disk access result of 103MB/s.  It is rare and, in fact, we have only seen this prior from OCZ and OWC SSDs.  It is also great to see because, other than disk access, the 4k results are indicative of the visible upgrade you will see in migration to an SSD from hard drive.

AS SSD BENCHMARK VER 1.64

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 while using SandForce Driven SSDs as they use compression in storage as discussed earlier.  Many enthusiasts like to benchmark with AS SSD for their needs.

In comparing numbers between Crystal and AS SSD, the reader should realize that Crystal DiskMark repeats tests and the highest of all tests is displayed, whereas, the average is displayed with AS SSD.  This is a prime reason why we choose so many similar benchmarks to provide a final relatively consistent idea of synthetic performance.  In using AS SSD, we have seen low final benchmarks as a result of a bad run in the testing stream which dragged the average down.

ANVIL STORAGE UTILITIES PROFESSIONAL

You may not see this for long (and its definitely not common) but you get a freebee simply for reading!  Over the last little while, we have been assisting with beta besting 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 utilize in our benchmark testing.  Recently, we published the exclusive public release here and, if you happen to check it out, there is a FREE download of the software!  Lets see how the Kingston HyperX fares on the Anvil Pro:

As much as we would have likeD to see a repeat of the 100MB/s plus 4k random write disk access score, the final IOPS result of 81,486 was great to see at 4K QD16.  We tried to stretch it a bit further and got it up to 83,000 which is the single highest SATA 3 SSD result we have received to date.

INDEX

INTRODUCTION AND EXTERIOR PACKAGING

INTERIOR COMPONENTS AND TEST PROTOCOL

CRYSTAL DISKMARK, AS SSD AND ANVIL STORAGE UTILITIES

HDTUNE PRO BENCHMARKS

PCMARK VANTAGE TESTING AND THE SATA 3 HIERARCHY

THE VERDICT

FOLLOW THE DISCUSSION

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