TSSDR Z97 TEST BENCH
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 is a brand new test bench and, as such, we would love to thank those who jumped in specifically to help the cause. Key contributors to this build are our friends at ASRock, Corsair, Kingston with components from past contributors to include In-Win, EVGA, beQuiet, Plextor, Samsung, QNIX and RamCity, this still being a key resource in the acquisition of the XP941. We have detailed all components in the table below and they are all linked should you wish to make a duplicate our system as so many seem to do, or check out the price of any soul component. As always, we appreciate your support in any purchase though our links!
This Test Bench build was 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:||InWin D-Frame Open Air Chassis|
|MOTHERBOARD:||ASRock Z97 Extreme6 Socket 1150|
|CPU:||Intel Core i7-4790|
|CPU COOLER:||Corsair Hydro Series H105 Extreme Water Cooled
|POWER SUPPLY:||be quiet Dark Power Pro 10 1000W PSU|
|SYSTEM COOLING:||be quiet Silent Wings 2 PC Fans|
|GRAPHICS CARD:||EVGA GTX 770 Superclocked with ACX Cooler|
|MEMORY:||Kingston HyperX Beast
|KEYBOARD:||Corsair Vengeance K95 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard|
|MOUSE:||Corsair Vengeance M95 MMO/RTS Laser Mouse|
|MONITOR:||QNIX 27″ QX2710 2560×1440
|HBA||HighPoint RocketU 1144C 4 x USB 3.0 20Gb/s HBA|
In addition to these components, our test storage media include the Samsung XP941 PCIe M.2 x4 SSD, the Plextor M6e PCIe M.2 x2 SSD and the Samsung 840 Pro SATA 3 SSD.
|M.2 PCIE GEN2 X4 SSD||Samsung XP941 M.2 x4|
|M.2 PCIE GEN2 X2 SSD||Plextor M6e M.2|
|SATA 3 SSD||Samsung 840 Pro SATA 3
The software we will be using for today’s analysis is typical of many of our reviews and consists of ATTO Disk Benchmark, Crystal Disk Info, Crystal DiskMark, AS SSD, PCMark Vantage, and Anvil Storage Utilities. In consumer reports, we prefer to test with easily accessible software that the consumer can obtain, and in many cases, we even provide links. Our selection of software allows each to build on the last and to provide validation to results already obtained.
For today’s testing, we have connected both of the M.2 SSDs to the ASRock Extreme 6, the XP941 in the Ultra M.2 connector on the right, and the M6e in the M.2 connector on the left.
The Samsung 840 Pro of course is connected via the Intel SATA one of the first Intel SATA ports, and bottlenecked by SATA speeds of a realistic high of 575MB/s. This sample Samsung SSD has been in use for some time and has seen several terabytes of data passed through it. It is also our present system drive.
We should realize top speeds of just over 1GB/s for the Samsung XP941, 750MB/s for the Plextor M6e, and about 560MB/s for the Samsung 840 Pro SATA 3 SSD.
As I am not a big fans of charts that are only the result of the same benchmarks we typically use in any case, we will dedicate a page to each of the three SSDs to demonstrate their test results.