TSSDR 990FX TEST BENCH AND PROTOCOL
To be frank, we started testing with two thoughts in mind, the first naturally wanting to confirm that we could attain PCIe 2.0 X2 performance, and the second was to validate that the M.2 connector could automatically detect M.2 SSD type and switch off, whether it be PCIe X2 or SATA 3. From there, well we just kept testing M.2 SSD after M.2 SSD until we ran out, eight in total and one that didn’t want to cooperate with the AMD chipset.
SSD Testing at TSSDR differs slightly depending on whether we are looking at consumer or enterprise SSDs. For consumer SSDs, our goal is to test in a system that has been optimized with our SSD Optimization Guide, although CPU C States have not been changed at all. Benchmarks for consumer testing are also benchmarks with a fresh drive so, not only can we verify that manufacturer specifications are in line but also, so the consumer can replicate our tests to confirm that they have an SSD that is top-notch. We even provide links to most of the benchmarks used in the report.
This Test Bench build is the result of some great relationships and purchase; our appreciation goes to the below mentioned manufacturers for their support in our project.
Our choice of components is very narrow, in that, we choose only what we believe to be among the best available and links are provided to each that will assist in hardware pricing and availability, should the reader be interested in purchase.
|PC CHASSIS:||Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935 EATX
|MOTHERBOARD:||ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer AM3+ AMD
|CPU:||AMD FX-8300 8-Core|
|CPU COOLER:||Cooler Master Glacer 240L Liquid|
|POWER SUPPLY:||Cooler Master V1000|
|SYSTEM COOLING:||Cooler Master 120mm Red and Green Fans|
|GRAPHICS CARD:||MSI AMD Radeon Hawk 7870
|MEMORY:||Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3-1600Mhz Memory|
|KEYBOARD:||Corsair Vengeance K95 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard|
|MOUSE:||CM Storm Sentinel Advance 2|
|ROUTER:||NetGear R6300 AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit WiFi Router|
|HBA||HighPoint RocketU 1144C 4 x USB 3.0 20Gb/s HBA|
The software we will be using for today’s analysis is typical of many of our reviews and consists of ATTO Disk Benchmark, Crystal DiskMark, AS SSD Disk BenchMark and PCMark Vantage.
M.2 SSDS USED FOR TESTING
The ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer AM3+ AMD motherboard contains a PCIe x2 M.2 connector that is capable of accommodating both PCIe X2 and SATA 3 M.2 SSDs. The M.2 SSDs we are using in this report have all been the subject of M.2 SSD reviews previously; and a quick click on any of these bring you to that report:
- Samsung XP941 PCIe X4 512GB M.2 SSD;
- Plextor/Lite-On M6e PCIe X2 256GB M.2 SSD;
- Toshiba HG5d SATA 3 512GB M.2 SSD;
- Crucial M500 SATA 3 512GB M.2 SSD;
- ADATA AXNS360E SATA 3 128GB M.2 SSD;
- MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2 SATA 3 128GB M.2 SSD;
- MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2 SATA 3 64GB M.2 SSD; and
- Super Talent DX1 SATA 3 128GB M.2 SSD.
It bears mentioning that, of all the M.2 SSDs tested in the ASRockFatal1ty 990FX Killer, the Super Talent SSD was the only to boot into its own BIOS prior to the system BIOS.
As well, we also attempted to test the Kingspec M287 SATA 3 128GB M.2 SSD but it failed to complete the benchmarks, creating the impression that it had compatibility issues with the AMD system, as we had tested it previously on our Intel Test Bench.