THE SSD REVIEW TEST PROTOCOL
At The SSD Review, we test our SSDs slightly different depending upon the drive’s marketed purpose, be it consumer/oem or enterprise focused SSD. For a consumer SSD, our goal is to test in a system that has been optimized with our SSD Optimization Guide, however, CPU C States may or may not have been altered, dependent on motherboard UEFI features. Benchmarks for our consumer tests are that of fresh drives (PCMark 8 testing exempt), so that we can verify that the manufacturer’s specifications match the SSD. Additionally, we also include links to the benchmarks used in our reports so that you as the reader can replicate our tests to confirm that your SSD is top-notch.
TSSDR Z170 TEST BENCH COMPONENTS
Our newest Z170 Test bench was the result of some great sponsorship’s and our appreciation goes to Samsung, Corsair, ASRock, PNY and Intel for helping us with this build. All of the hardware we use for testing is available for purchases at a reasonable price; albeit this specific build is a tad high-end. The links provided below can assist in pricing and availability of the hardware contained within this system:
|PC CHASSIS:||Corsair 760T White Full Window|
|MOTHERBOARD:||ASRock Z170 Extreme7+ ATX DDR4|
|CPU:||Intel I7-6700K 4.00 GHz|
|CPU COOLER:||Corsair Hydro Series H110i GTX|
|POWER SUPPLY:||Corsair HX1200i ATX12V|
|GRAPHICS:||PNY GTX 980 4GB XLR8 Pro OC|
|MEMORY:||Corsair Dominator Pl 32GB 2800|
|STORAGE:||Intel 750 Series 1.2TB NVMe SSD|
|KEYBOARD:||Corsair Vengeance K70 Mech|
|MOUSE:||Corsair White M65 Laser|
|OS||Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit|
The software used for today’s analysis is typical of many of our reports and consists of ATTO Disk BenchMark, Crystal DiskMark, AS SSD, Anvil Storage UtilitiesPCMark Vantage, PCMark 8 and perhaps even a result or two from IOMeter. Most of this software is FREE and access to all programs can be done by simply clicking on the title of the benchmark. For a complete background and linkage to the software we use, check out our recent article, “The Ultimate Guide To SSD Benchmark Software“.
As we are testing both the 256GB and the 512GB version of the 950 Pro, our layout will be such that we will provide our benchmark results in a side by side fashion, for the most part.
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.
Both ATTO results match listed specifications, the 256GB attaining 2.2GB/s read and 957MB/s write with the 512GB capacity reaching 2.5GB/s read and 1.5GB/s write. Although we see a bit of a drop in the larger data samples, we can tell by the speed progression with increased data samples that these SSDs are solid.