TSSDR TEST BENCH AND PROTOCOL
SSD testing at TSSDR differs slightly, depending on whether we are looking at consumer or enterprise storage media. For our Intel Optane SSD 800P VROC RAID0 testing today, our goal is to test in a system that has been optimized. Coincidentally, we have just released our newest optimization guide which you might use as a reference, The SSD Reviewers Guide to SSD Optimization 2018. To see the best performance possible, the CPU C states have been disabled, C1E support has been disabled and Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST) has been disabled. 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.
An additional bonus perhaps… Intel has published its own Evaluation Guide for Optane SSDs which provides several optimizations, in addition to those listed in our guide. Check out Intel Optane 800P pricing.
The components of each Test Bench are detailed below its picture. All hardware is linked for purchase and product sales may be reached by a simple click on the individual item. As well, the title is linked back to the individual build article where performance testing can be validated.
|PC CHASSIS:||Corsair Arctic White 760T Graphite|
|MOTHERBOARD:||ASRock X299 Fatal1ty Pro Gaming i9|
|CPU:||Intel i9-7900X 10 Core|
|CPU COOLER:||Corsair Hydro Series H115i|
|POWER SUPPLY:||Corsair RM850X|
|GRAPHICS:||PNY GeForce GTX 1080 XLR8 Gaming OC|
|SYSTEM COOLING:||Corsair HD140 RGBDual Fans with Controller|
|MEMORY:||Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR-3600 (32GB)|
|KEYBOARD:||Corsair Gaming K68 Mechanical|
|MOUSE:||Corsair Glave RGB Aluminum Gaming|
|MOUSE PAD:||Corsair Gaming MM800C Polaris RGB|
The software in use for today’s analysis is typical of many of our reviews and consists of ATTO Disk Benchmark, Crystal Disk Mark, AS SSD, Anvil’s Storage Utilities, PCMark Vantage, AJA Video Benchmark, as well PCMark 8 Storage and Extended Storage testing. Our selection of software allows each to build on the last and to provide validation to results already obtained. This CPUID may provide a bit of understanding as to our Test Bench configuration:
ATTO Disk Benchmark is perhaps one of the oldest benchmarks going and is definitely the main staple for manufacturer performance specifications. ATTO uses RAW or compressible data and, for our benchmarks, we use a set length of 256mb and test both the read and write performance of various transfer sizes ranging from 0.5 to 8192kb. Manufacturers prefer this method of testing as it deals with raw (compressible) data rather than random (includes incompressible data) which, although more realistic, results in lower performance results.
Our ATTO Disk Benchmark isn’t very encouraging at all but this is typical of what we usually end up within testing RAID configurations with ATTO.