The toughest benchmark available for solid state drives is AS SSD as it relies solely on incompressible data samples when testing performance. For the most part, AS SSD tests can be considered the ‘worst case scenario’ in obtaining data transfer speeds and many enthusiasts like AS SSD for their needs. Transfer speeds are displayed on the left with IOPS results on the right.The AS SSD results aren’t as appealing as we might like to see but do get a first look at read and write IOPS which appear to be in the general ball park of listed specs.
ANVIL STORAGE UTILITIES PROFESSIONAL
Anvil’s Storage Utilities (ASU) are the most complete test bed available for the solid state drive today. The benchmark displays test results for, not only throughput but also, IOPS and Disk Access Times. 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 use in our benchmark testing.
AJA VIDEO SYSTEM DISK TEST
The AJA Video Systems Disk Test is relatively new to our testing and tests the transfer speed of video files with different resolutions and Codec.
REVIEW ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
To say the G-Technology Armorlock Encrypted SSD took us by surprise is a bit of an understatement. A bit unusual perhaps is that it is only available in the 2TB capacity but speeds of 1GB/s read and write from a fully encrypted SSD is unheard of, especially at the $599 MSRP price point. This SSD has AES-XT 256-Bit encryption, a 5-year warranty, and it contains multi-drive and multi-use management with last known location tracking. And let’s not forget…it does away with the password, favoring a smartphone App use with a simple button or bio metrics.
Worthy of mention is the fact that we have a competitor in hand and have previously reported on the SecureData SecureDrive 2TB Encrypted SSD. Both drives are very similar, in that, they are both connected to the PC by cable, both unlocked via Bluetooth through an App on your smartphone or tablet, and both can be unlocked via App menu button or biometrics such as FaceID or fingerprint recognition. Both samples on hand just happen to be 2TB and both rely on AES-XT 256Bit encryption for their data security. Both also have local and remote administrator and user control.
The SecureData SecureDrive is FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated and has enhanced security measures to include epoxy filled casing which makes it impossible to physically break into the device and analyse the NAND components separately, as well as remote wipe, and a self-destruct feature. The G-Technology Armorlock Encrypts SSD transfers data at USB 3.2 speeds of 1GB/s read and write while the SecureDrive could only reach just under 400MB/s SATA 3 speeds in our original testing. We actually have an updated SecureDrive on its way and will retest its performance on arrival, amending this report if there are any changes. As well, the Armorlock is released with an MSRP of $599 while we see the SecureDrive has recently brought prices down significantly, the 2TB version now being $309.90.
The G-Technology Armorlock Encrypted SSD is the fastest encrypted SSD on the market right now. It has a five year warranty and comes with considerable features that protect the data within, along with a great price point. Passwords are obsolete and it incorporates remote device and user access. It is obvious that G-Technology has put alot of thought into this SSD.