You may not see this for long (and its definitely not common) but you get a free-bee 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.
In conducting our Anvil benchmarks, we were a bit disappointed that the IOPS did not reach specifications of 100,000, so we went a bit further and increased the queue depth of the tests for both read and write IOPS:
In doing this, we learned that IOPS actually improved as we increased the QD, noting that we are at read QD64 and write QD32. Some have wondered if the M5 Pro Extreme would perform in an enterprise environment with higher queue depths and this pretty much tells the story.
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
PLEXTOR M5 PRO XTREME SSD PCMARK VANTAGE SCORING
The M5 Pro Xtreme finished PCMark Vantage Suite Testing with a Total Score of 71799 which was totally unexpected. This is the highest result we have seen with the newer 19nm memory in play and very encouraging. Quite frankly, it fared well above the M5 Pro which contained the same firmware so the significant jump still cannot be explained, although a number of test repeats were conducted with similar results.
The following Chart shows the placement of the Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme SSD amongst the best of the best. Keep in mind that this hierarchy has ONLY been determined by PCMark Vantage Total Score placement.