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 not been changed at all. 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.
Although much of our testing was within the Lenovo Y510 itself, we thought our Test Bench should be mentioned as all SSDs get a run through this as well. For instance, the Lite-On SSD that was provided with the system seemed to have significantly low performance, speeds that were confirmed only through the use of this Test Bench:
This Test Bench build was the result of some great relationships and purchase; our appreciation goes to the below mentioned manufacturers for their support in our project. Our choice of components is very narrow, in that, we choose only what we believe to be among the best available and links are provided to each that will assist in hardware pricing and availability, should the reader be interested in purchase.
|PC CHASSIS:||InWin D-Frame Open Air Chassis|
|MOTHERBOARD:||ASRock Z87 Extreme11/ac EATX MotherBoard|
|CPU:||Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell 3.5GHz Quad Core|
|CPU COOLER:||Corsair H100 High Performance Liquid|
|POWER SUPPLY:||be quiet Dark Power Pro 10 1000W PSU|
|SYSTEM COOLING:||be quiet Silent Wings 2 PC Fans|
|GRAPHICS CARD:||EVGA GTX 770 Superclocked with ACX Cooler|
|MEMORY:||Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3-1600Mhz Memory|
|KEYBOARD:||Corsair Vengeance K95 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard|
|MOUSE:||Corsair Vengeance M95 MMO/RTS Laser Mouse|
|ROUTER:||NetGear R6300 AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit WiFi Router|
|HBA||HighPoint RocketU 1144C 4 x USB 3.0 20Gb/s HBA|
The software we will be using for today’s analysis consists of ATTO Disk Benchmark and Crystal DiskMark, for the most part, as we are using this report to demonstrate the difference in cached vs non-cached SSD performance. Stay tuned as we provide a complete review of the MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2 in the near future.
INITIAL SYSTEM SETUP
Our sample Lenovo Y510 laptop contained a Seagate 1TB HDD and Lite-On SSD on receipt, the SSD situated as such:
Before doing any modifications to the system, we were most interested in system performance as it was initially:
Not being very impressed with this performance, we ensured caching was shut down and then did a test of the base SSD:
Do you notice something strange with this scenario? The Lite-On SSD had performance equal to what we might normally see in a small flash drive. We subsequently pulled the Lite-On M.2 24GB SSD and tested it on our own Test Bench:
Most evident was the fact that something was not working correctly in the base system. Even so, we ran the Lite-On 24GB M.2 SATA 3 SSD through several different benchmarks and final performance was always about 310MB/s read and 65MB/s maximum write data transfer speeds. These speeds should be the ideal for the base Lenovo Y510 when purchased brand new, give and take performance as a result of OS configuration.