TEST BENCH AND PROTOCOL
Our analysis today will be conducted with our Asus Z77 Premium Test Bench. Clicking on any pictures or benchmarks will bring up a more easily viewable high resolution image.
In testing, our main objective is to obtain results as pure and as accurate as possible and we want to ensure that no anomalies slip through. Simply put, we want to provide you with the absolute best results the tested hardware can provide. Repetition in testing is standard 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.
In order to validate and confirm our findings, testing is supported by industry accepted benchmark programs. All results are displayed through capture of the actual benchmark for better understanding of the testing process by the reader.
We would like to thank ASUS (P8Z77-V Premium), Intel (Core i7-3770K), Crucial (Ballistix), Corsair (H100) and Be Quiet (PSU/Fans) for supporting the build of our Z77 Premium Test Bench. In addition, we would also like to thank HighPoint for their contribution of the RocketStor 5322, RocketRAID 2711 and their External Mini-SAS to Esata cabling. Through this configuration we are able to benchmark all notebook and mSATA SSDs, whereby achieving identical performance as a direct system connection, yet we simply hot swap from the external storage dock.
THE HYPERSTONE 32-BIT RISC PROCESSOR
The TCS BGADrive SSD is controlled by a 32-Bit Hyperstone RISC four channel processor with a product number of A2-RAP09. RISC stands for ‘reduced instruction set computer’ and has a 32-Bit data storage register.
In laments terms, RISC controllers are intended to accomplish many tasks through the fewest set of instructions. Although this controller is displayed in a typical notebook SSD on the Hyperstone website, we have yet to see it in any typical form factor SSDs.
CRYSTAL DISKINFO VER. 5.5 X64
The TCS BGADrive has limited SMART identification, however, we were surprised to see that the SSD was capable of TRIM.