Crystal Disk Benchmark is used to measure read and write performance through sampling of highly compressible data (oFill/1Fill), or random data which is, for the most part, incompressible. Performance is virtually identical, regardless of data sample so we have included only that using random data samples.
Crystal DiskMark scores are typically lower than what we see in ATTO Disk benchmark and the result we see here are standard for M.2 SATA 3 SSDs.
Up until recently, AS SSD was the only benchmark created specifically for SSD testing and it uses incompressible data. AS SSD, for the most part, gives us the ‘worst case scenario’ in SSD transfer speeds because of its use of incompressible data and many enthusiasts like to AS SSD for their needs. Transfer speeds are displayed on the left with IOPS results on the right.
With AS SSD, we get our first look at IOPS performance and it is good to see read IOPS meet specifications, although that of low 4K write IOPS are just a bit low. This is normal for AS SSD and we will be pushing the performance a bit to pull up the IOPS with Anvil Storage Utilities.
Although the transfer of both ISO and Game files displayed great transfer speeds and very quick transfer times, the transfer of a program was just a bit low.
You may not see this for long (and it’s definitely not common) but you get a freebee simply for reading! Over the last little while, we have been assisting with beta testing new benchmark software called Anvil Storage Utilities which is an absolutely amazing SSD benchmarking utility. 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, transfer speeds are a bit low, however, IOPS has increased with respect to 4K write performance. This is exactly why we like to provide a variety of the same type of testing to validate our findings. Let’s try to see what we can get when we increase the queue depth:
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
CRUCIAL M500 M.2 SATA 3 SSD PCMARK VANTAGE RESULTS
The Crucial M500 SATA 3 M.2 SSD hit a high Total Score of 63846 points with a high transfer speed of 406MB/s when importing pictures in Windows media Gallery. This is a particularly impressive speed and the remainder of transfer speeds are seen here: