TSSDR TEST BENCH AND PROTOCOL
CFexpress Card testing at TSSDR differs slightly, depending on whether we are looking at consumer or enterprise storage media. For our ProGrade Digital CFexpress Type A card testing today, our goal is to test in a system that has been optimized with our SSD Optimization Guide.
For this Test Bench, the CPU C-States, Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST) and Intel Speedshift (P-States) have not been disabled. As you will see below, the system is also bumped to 5.3GHz with memory at full speed in its XMP 2 profile.
The components of this Test Bench are detailed below. All hardware is linked for purchase and product sales may be reached by a simple click on the individual item. As well, the title is linked back to the individual build article where performance testing can be validated. Clicking on the Title below will bring you to our complete report on this new Gen 4 PC system.
INTEL Z590 PCIE 4.0 COMPONENTS (Click for System Report)
|PC CHASSIS:||Corsair 5000X RGB White Tempered Glass Chassis|
|MOTHERBOARD:||ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Z590 Hero Gen 4|
|CPU:||Intel 11th Gen Core i9-11900K|
|CPU COOLER:||Corsair Hydro Series H150i Capellix White|
|POWER SUPPLY:||Corsair RM850x 80Plus White|
|GRAPHICS:||ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity White|
|MEMORY:||Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR4-3200 32GB|
|STORAGE:||Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus Gen 4 4TB NVMe SSD|
|KEYBOARD:||Corsair K70 RGB Mk. 2 SE White Gaming|
|MOUSE:||Corsair M65 RGB Elite FPS Gaming|
|MONITOR:||Samsung 34″ 1440p WQHD Ultrawide Gaming|
The software in use for today’s analysis is typical of many of our reviews and consists of Crystal Disk Info, ATTO Disk Benchmark, Crystal Disk Mark, Anvil’s Storage Utilities, AJA, TxBench, as well as Sustained Disk Transfer Testing. Our selection of software allows each to build on the last and to provide validation to results already obtained.
Crystal Disk Info is a great tool for displaying the characteristics and health of storage devices. It displays everything from temperatures, the number of hours the device has been powered, and even to the extent of informing you of the firmware of the device.
Crystal DiskInfo validates that our CFExpress Type A card is using the NVMe 1.3 protocol and confirms that it is TRIM capable.
ATTO Disk Benchmark is perhaps one of the oldest benchmarks going and is definitely the main staple for manufacturer performance specifications. ATTO uses RAW or compressible data and, for our benchmarks, we use a set length of 256mb and test both the read and write performance of various transfer sizes ranging from 0.5 to 8192kb. Manufacturers prefer this method of testing as it deals with raw (compressible) data rather than random (includes incompressible data) which, although more realistic, results in lower performance results.
ATTO performance hits highs of 849MB/s read and 672MB/s write which are up there but we were a bit concerned with respect to the fact that performance speeds were everywhere as sample sizes increased. We were able to determine the cause of this which was the card getting hotter as our testing continued. We performed this test a few times and saw a top temperature of 81°C as shown here: