Crystal Disk Benchmark is used to measure read and write performance through sampling of raw (0/1 Fill/compressible) or random data which is, for the most part, incompressible. For these tests, we will display CDM results using highly incompressible data as the results with this specific SSD are almost identical.
We expected such results from this X1 Carbon but this benchmark does show ‘the sun through the clouds’ for SanDisk. previously, SanDisk SSDs suffered absolutely horrid low 4k random write performance scores and, even from this system, 52MB/s transfer performance is great.
Up until recently, AS SSD was the only benchmark created specifically for SSD testing and it uses incompressible data. AS SSD, for the most part, gives us the worst case scenario in SSD transfer speeds because of its use of incompressible data and many enthusiasts look to AS SSD for their needs.
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 besting 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 identify the Lenovo X1 Carbon configuration on the bottom left with the SSD identified on the bottom right. Nothing really knew is learned from this benchmark, however, it does a good job of confirming that of which has been shown thusfar.
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
SANDISK X100 256GB SSD TOTAL POINT SCORE
The Lenovo X1 Carbon pulled through PCMark Vantage HDD Suite testing with a Total Point Score of 43023 and a high transfer speed of 354MB/s while testing in Media Center. This is a bit low for a typical new gen SATA 3 SSD but an honest evaluation cannot be made of the drive alone through this system configuration.