Novachips 4TB / 8TB SSD Review – HLNAND Sees 8TB Sizes & Higher, Speed & Low Power


ATTO Disk Benchmark is a relatively easy-to-use benchmark tool, which happens to be the benchmark of choice for many manufacturers. ATTO uses compressible data rather than random data, which results in higher performance and thus, higher benchmark scores. In our testing, we have selected the transfer size to range from 0.5KB to 8192KB, and have set the total length of the test to be 256MB.

NovaChips Scalar Series 4TB NS370 SATA 3 SSD ATTO WMNovaChips 8TB SSD ATTO WM

Throughout, we will see virtually identical result from both the 4 and 8TB capacities of the Novachips Scalar HLNAND SSDs, however, what we really need to be watching is the performance.  Unlike ever before in a published independent review, this performance was attained through a single controller solution and requiring no more power than any other SSD to do so.  In fact, continuous transfer speed progression as sample data size increases is a sign of a very solid SSD, not to mention great SATA 3 performance.


Crystal Disk Benchmark is visually straightforward, and is used for measuring the speeds at which your storage device reads and writes in both compressible (oFill/1Fill) and random, mostly incompressible, data. Random data is more consistent with everyday use of a computer, such as transferring videos, pictures and music. We run the benchmark twice, using oFill data first, and then proceeding to test with random data. Since results typically return with nearly identical scores, we only include the results for random data samples.

NovaChips 8TB SSD Crystal DiskMark Result WM NovaChips Scalar Series 4TB NS370 SATA 3 SSD CDM oFill WM

You might notice that the 4TB result on the left was achieved with highly compressible (oFill) data while that of the 8TB capacity on the right uses in compressible data.  The truth is that, regardless of sample date type, performance was very consistent and that of a superior SATA 3 SSD.


AS SSD Benchmark uses incompressible data in their testing of SSDs, essentially providing results that would be consistent with using the heaviest workload, thus lower speeds are expected.

NovaChips Scalar Series 4TB NS370 SATA 3 SSD AS SSD WMNovaChips 8TB SSD AS SSD Bench WMPerformance of AS SSD appears just as strong in throughput but we did notice that the overall ‘Score’ appeared a bit low, most likely the result of the slightly slower than normal write access time.

NovaChips Scalar Series 4TB NS370 SATA 3 SSD AS SSD IOPS WMNovaChips 8TB SSD AS SSD IOPS WMSpecifications list IOPS of up to 80K, whereas these are somewhat lower.  In speaking to Novachips, they explained that this is the result of an early firmware release and that they assured that they would not only reach the 80K mark, but exceed it with the new update.

NovaChips Scalar Series 4TB NS370 SATA 3 SSD Copy Bench WMNovaChips 8TB SSD AS SSD Copy Bench WMConsidering we haven’t looked at SATA 3 AS SSD Copy Benchmark results in some time, these results are actually pretty good with 400MB/s transfer speeds being the norm for both ISO and Game transfers.