Strontium Hawk 120GB SSD Review – Exclusive Testing of SK Hynix First SSD Release

ANVIL STORAGE UTILITIES PROFESSIONAL (BETA)

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.

Anvil Storage Utilities does some great things for the Hynix-built Strontium Hawk as we immediately see a very high Total Point Score of 4025 and IOPS write performance where it should be with SF based drives at above 85,000 IOPS.  By all measures, Anvil indicates that this SSD will be an amazing consumer drive and we are sure that PCMark Vantage will confirm this.

PCMARK VANTAGE X64 HDD SUITE

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

STRONTIUM HAWK PCMARK VANTAGE PERFORMANCE

We never expected this and ran this test several times for confirmation but, the Strontium Hawk pulled through Vantage testing with a Total Score High of 70500 making it the top 120GB capacity SSD we have tested to date.  The highest result we had prior was that of the BIWIN Elite 120GB SSD at 67901 points. Lets take a look at the test speeds:

We didn’t think displaying a chart of the top 120GB SSDs would do the Strontium Hawk justice as it actually surpasses many higher capacity SSDs in Vantage Testing so we placed it in our hierarchy of the Top 20 SATA 3 SSDs tested to data:

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SK Hynix has been selling their 910 series with SF2281 in South Korea since June.
So far only 128GB is available for 119,000 KW($105US) incl VAT.The 256GB is listed but not priced.
http://blog.danawa.com/prod/?section_m=PC&prod_c=1715676&cate_c1=861&cate_c2=32617&cate_c3=32623&cate_c4=0

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Nice Find and very interesting. Although we have hummed and hawed and elected NOT to alter CPU settings as a trade off for better performance, we are actually considering following this model where it might accompany regular testing with a valid explanation.

This seems to follow what we have done in our SSD Optimization Guide where the explanation and instruction is provided and the consumer is left to the final decision as to whether they would want to perform this Optimization.

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So does this mean that disabling power optimizations in BIOS can help boost SSD performance?

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Significantly yes…but at the trade off of no power efficiency and, for overclockers, a few other temperature concerns which dont apply at all to the common user.

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I couldn’t help laughing when I heard that brand name Strontium, which means something like ‘Shitty’ in Dutch…