THE SSD REVIEW TEST PROTOCOL
At The SSD Review, we test our SSDs slightly different depending upon the drive’s marketed purpose, be it consumer/oem or enterprise focused SSD. For a consumer SSD, our goal is to test in a system that has been optimized with our SSD Optimization Guide, however, CPU C States may or may not have been altered, dependent on motherboard UEFI features. Benchmarks for our consumer tests are that of fresh drives (PCMark 8 testing exempt), so that we can verify that the manufacturer’s specifications match the SSD. Additionally, we also include links to the benchmarks used in our reports so that you as the reader can replicate our tests to confirm that your SSD is top-notch.
TSSDR Z170 TEST BENCH COMPONENTS
Our newest Z170 Test bench was the result of some great sponsorship’s and our appreciation goes to Samsung, Corsair, ASRock, PNY and Intel for helping us with this build. All of the hardware we use for testing is available for purchases at a reasonable price; albeit this specific build is a tad high-end. The links provided below can assist in pricing and availability of the hardware contained within this system:
|PC CHASSIS:||Corsair 760T White Full Window|
|MOTHERBOARD:||ASRock Z170 Extreme7+ ATX DDR4|
|CPU:||Intel I7-6700K 4.00 GHz|
|CPU COOLER:||Corsair Hydro Series H110i GTX|
|POWER SUPPLY:||Corsair HX1200i ATX12V|
|GRAPHICS:||PNY GTX 980 4GB XLR8 Pro OC|
|MEMORY:||Corsair Dominator Pl 32GB 2800|
|STORAGE:||Intel 750 Series 1.2TB NVMe SSD|
|KEYBOARD:||Corsair Vengeance K70 Mech|
|MOUSE:||Corsair White M65 Laser|
|OS||Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit|
The software used for today’s analysis is typical of many of our reports and consists of ATTO Disk BenchMark, Crystal DiskMark, AS SSD, Anvil Storage Utilities, PCMark Vantage and PCMark 8. Most of this software is FREE and access to all programs can be done by simply clicking on the title of the benchmark. For a complete background and linkage to the software we use, check out our recent article, “The Ultimate Guide To SSD Benchmark Software“.
As we are testing both the 4TB and the 8TB versions of the Novachips Scalar HLNAND SSD, our layout will be such that we will provide our benchmark results in a side by side fashion, for the most part.
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.
These are the Crystal Disk Info returns of both SSDs after a few hours. In fact, we can see that the 4TB version has been up and running for 60 hours, where the 8TB Scalar has only seen 8 hours of testing. There is a reason. PCMark 8 Extended Storage Testing fills the SSD more than a few times during its testing and takes a very long time normally, not to mention what it might take for the 4 and 8TB sizes. We had the choice between running the 8TB through it once (which would take a few days), or running the 4TB through this testing a few times (about a week). It is on its third run through and the drive is still running strong. Stay tuned later on when we add the PCMark 8 results to this report for the 4TB model later in this report.