ANVIL STORAGE UTILITIES PROFESSIONAL
Anvil 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.
Once again, we see decent speeds through Anvil Storage Utilities, and also get a good look at Disk Access times on the left. As we saw with AS SSD, the overall score is very good once again.
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
AMD RADEON R7 SSD PCMARK VANTAGE RESULTS
The AMD Radeon R7 SSD pulls in a respectable Total Score of 73924 points, with a high transfer speed of 455MB/s when testing in Windows media center. In fact, 6 of the 8 tests resulted in very healthy SATA 3 results, the likes of which we don’t often see.
REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
For many, the simple fact that AMD has partnered up with OCZ is a definite step in the right direction, but even in the midst of some hard times, the acquisition of Indilinx and their controller was a very smart move. The Barefoot 3 has already shown itself to be one of the strongest SATA 3 controllers in the industry and AMD obviously recognized this when they were considering their choices for high performance and gaming.
As much as we like this controller, however, there were a few minor observations that we noticed, the most obvious being the low write 4K speed we observed in ATTO and we might liked to have seen the PCMark Vantage Total score just a bit higher. Then again, these are individual benchmarks and there is good reason why we include a battery of tests rather than just relying on one or two. Overall, performance of the AMD Radeon R7 was definitely right up there with specifications and features such as 256-bit AES encryption, endurance of 30GB per day in drive writes, along with the 4 year warranty, make this an SSD to definitely have a close look at.