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. In the Monster Digital OverDrive 3.0 1TB GB External SSD, performance results are very similar whether we test with compressible or incompressible data and, for this reason, results are displayed utilizing incompressible data.
A good look at these results is where the reality of the Phison controller, mixed with the SATA to USB3 bridge can be seen. Typically in an SSD, we will see much higher 512K and 4K write performance and this was seen in the Angelbird SSD2Go we recently reviewed, although it was the first USB 3.0 external device to display such. Using this mixture of components, however, aims it directly at those large incompressible file transfers that is seen so much by media professions and keeps the total package very affordable.
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 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 utilize in our benchmark testing.
Anvil Storage Utilities clearly demonstrates the massive performance gain when moving to USB 3.0 from USB 2.0.