Patriot Wildfire 120GB SATA 3 SSD Review – Test Protocol and the AnvilPro Beta Bench

We have to apologize up front because our Test Bench is going through a bit of a transition but we thought it beneficial to throw in a picture in any case.  A simple click will enlarge it to assist.

Our main goal in testing is to ensure that all test results are as accurate as they can be and no anomalies slip through.

We conduct all tests three times and, if necessary, we may conduct specific tests in Windows 7 ‘safe mode’ to ensure the OS has little to no influence on the end result.

We prefer to use as many benchmark programs as possible to assist with confirmation of results and provide the reader with the actual tests as received to avoid any confusion when unexpected test benchmarks are received.

SSD COMPRESSION AND TESTING FLUCTUATIONS

All SSDs are not created equal and many new SSD enthusiasts realize that when they test their new drive to confirm specifications and ensure all is in order. SandForce controlled SSDs, as in the Patriot Wildfire we are testing today, use compression techniques in storage whereas many others do not. This creates a bit of confusion when enthusiasts test the drive with random data through benchmarking programs such as AS SSD and Crystal Diskmark (random data sample). The results seem to be lower than the listed specifications.

The results actually present a false portrayal of the drives ability when compared to other drives such as Samsung, Crucial or Intel. It is for this reason that all of our comparison testing is done through PCMark Vantage. PCMark Vantage HDD Suite simply provides evaluation results based on transfer speeds reached through typical user patterns. Vantage provides a better testing medium, in that, it sees through the typical synthetic benchmarks and provides us with ‘true to life’ results of the drive.

ANVIL PRO DISK BENCHMARK (BETA)

We thought we would start with the Anvil Pro because the author seems to have encompassed what testers are looking for in a benchmark program.  Not only can you set SSD tests from 0Fill all the way to completely incompressible, but also, there are standard tests for endurance testing as well as threaded IO read, write and mixed.  Sorry testers…. this is just a ‘sneak peak’ and quick snapshot of what we are seeing for now. Stay tuned though because we just may host the release in the near future!

Pg 1 – INTRODUCTION

Pg2 – TEST PROTOCOL & INTRO TO THE ANVIL PRO BENCHMARK BETA

Pg3 – ATTO, CRYSTAL DISKMARK AND AS SSD TESTING

Pg4 – HDTUNE PRO BENCHMARKS

Pg5 – PCMARK VANTAGE COMPARISONS AND FINAL THOUGHTS

FOLLOW THE DISCUSSION HERE!

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