Crystal Disk Benchmark is used to measure read and write performance through sampling of highly compressible data (oFill/1Fill), or random data which is, for the most part, incompressible. In the Electra MAX, we have displayed testing using highly compressible data on the left, compared to that of incompressible on the right.
Crystal DiskMark results are fairly impressive as well and something becomes apparent that we typically see in all high capacity LSI SandForce controlled SSDs. The low 4k random write performance scores seem to dip a bit.
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.
Transfer speeds are as expected in Anvil Storage Utilities, however, IOPS were significantly lower than we might see in a single PCB form factor SSD where such a RAID controller is not in use.
The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:
- Windows Defender In Use
- Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
- Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
- Starting the Vista Operating System
- Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time consuming
- Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as XBox
- Cataloging a music library
- Starting applications
OWC MERCURY ELECTRA MAX 960GB SSD PCMARK SCORING
The OWC Electra MAX completed PCMark Vantage HDD Suite testing with a Total Point Score of 33246 and a high transfer speed of 201MB/s during testing in Media Player. Although we might like to provide a comparable, doing so with any of the SSDs we have tested to date would be unfair as none are of this physical makeup or size.