The SSD Reviewers Guide to SSD Optimization 2018

TSSDR TEST BENCH AND PROTOCOL

Our testing throughout this report will rely on two test systems and more than a few SSDs to include the Samsung 960 Pro 2TB NVMe, Toshiba RD400 512GB NVMe,  and Samsung 860 Pro 4TB SATA 3 SSD.  We can tell you right off that we discovered an anomaly with a drive so went through five of the exact drive to validate that the result we were seeing was the norm.  During our testing, both PC systems will be used to demonstrate the performance difference with optimizations applied and removed, or the difference from one system or another to demonstrate how a chipset could affect final performance results.  Check Amazon pricing on the newest 2TB Samsung 960 Pro NVMe SSD here.

 

SYSTEM COMPONENTS

The components of each Test Bench are detailed below its picture.  All hardware is linked for purchase and product sales may be reached by a simple click on the individual item. As well, the title is linked back to the individual build article where performance testing can be validated.

TSSDR ASROCK Z370 TAICHI TEST BENCH   (link)

PC CHASSIS: Corsair Crystal Series 460X RGB
MOTHERBOARD: ASRock Z370 Taichi
CPU: Intel Coffee Lake Core i7-8770K
CPU COOLER: Corsair Hydro Series H110i GTX V.2
POWER SUPPLY: Corsair RM850x 80Plus
GRAPHICS: PNY GTX 1080 XLR8 Gaming OC
MEMORY: Corsair Dominator Pl 32GB 2800
STORAGE: Intel Optane 900P 480GB SSD
KEYBOARD: Corsair Strafe RGB Silent Gaming
MOUSE: Corsair M65 Pro Gaming
OS Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit

TSSDR ASROCK X299 FATAL1TY TEST BENCH (link)

PC CHASSIS: Corsair  Arctic White 760T Graphite
MOTHERBOARD: ASRock X299 Fatal1ty Pro Gaming i9
CPU: Intel i9-7900X 10 Core
CPU COOLER: Corsair Hydro Series H115i
POWER SUPPLY: Corsair RM850X
GRAPHICS: PNY GeForce GTX 1080 XLR8 Gaming OC
SYSTEM COOLING: Corsair HD140 RGBDual Fans with Controller
MEMORY: Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR-3600 (32GB)
KEYBOARD: Corsair Gaming K68 Mechanical
MOUSE: Corsair Glave RGB Aluminum Gaming
MOUSE PAD: Corsair Gaming MM800C Polaris RGB 

And on to the Optimizations…

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