X99 BENCHMARKS – SAMSUNG XP941 M.2 X4 SSD
Next up in the performance hierarchy is the Samsung XP941 M.2 x4 SSD. We tested this in both ASRock OC Formula X99 motherboard M.2 PCIe 3.0 X4 and PCie 2.0 X4 slots and performance in both was identical. In fact, once we saw the performance of this SSD, we threw in every M.2 PCIe and M.2 SATA SSD on hand to confirm what we were seeing. Once again, the original result on the left (Z97) with the new X99 chipset on the right:
X99 BENCHMARKS – SAMSUNG 840 PRO SERIES SATA 3 SSD
Last but not least, we wanted to determine whether SATA 3 performance was affected in much the same way. In this scenario, we tested the 840 Pro on the Z97 system just before testing it on the X99, eliminating any question whatsoever about lapse in time between old and new test results. Remember, the result on the left is an optimized result in a Z97, with that on the right, also optimized, in the Z99:
SYNTHETIC BENCHMARKING THOUGHTS
I remember back in the days of the X79 when so many became frustrated at what appeared to be substandard SSD benchmarks and, in fact, many avoided the X79 altogether for testing. This almost seems to be a similar predicament with the X99, except for the fact that we can identify sometimes very significant improvement in 4K-64Thrd write speed, at the loss of those 4K write speeds. If you value low 4K random write performance speeds, the X99 will haunt you, especially if, like us, you have grown accustom to those high optimized performance results that bring low 4K data transfer speeds at least 30MB/s higher, but depending on the form factor. If you are a lover of the M.2 low 4K numbers, get ready for it because we couldn’t get anything anywhere near that 100MB/s plateau in our benchmarks.
Overall, however, the performance in most cases needs to be seen at a different angle where (at least in most cases) the loss in 4K performance is bettered by access sizes and their transfer speeds. It certainly appears such the case in our brief testing. If ever you are thinking that this board, overall, is substandard, a quick look at this will get you back n line:
This is Nick Shih’s validation of attaining 6593Mhz while overclocking the Intel Core i7-5960X on a ASRock X99 OC Formula, much like we are reporting on today. We might suggest that chip was the cream of the crop and not many could accomplish same, although Nick has made it easy with his preset OC configurations that reach as high as 6Ghz for one to try.