ATTO DISK BENCHMARK VER. 2.46
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.
CRYSTAL DISK BENCHMARK VER. 3.0 X64
Crystal Disk Benchmark is used to measure read and write performance through sampling of raw (0/1 Fill/compressible) or random data which is, for the most part, incompressible. Many new SSD owners who cant wait to test the performance of their SSD often grab this program and run a quick test, not realizing that they are testing with incompressible data rather than compressible data used in testing by manufacturers. The following results will show 0Fill data (compressible) on the left with random data sample results (incompressible) on the right.
The 4k random results write of 84MB/s are excellent as this disk access method is primarily responsible for the visible upgrade that we see when migrating from a hard drive to SSD. Typically, Crystal Diskmark results always tend to be a bit lower than those shown with ATTO Disk Benchmark.
ANVIL STORAGE UTILITIES PROFESSIONAL
You may not see this for long (and its 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 utilize in our benchmark testing. Recently, we published the exclusive public release here and, if you happen to check it out, there is a FREE download of the software! Lets see how the Future Storage 240GB SSD fares on the Anvil Pro:
The thing that stands out in these results has to be the random 4K write disk access at QD 16 which displays a high of 83,493 IOPS. This is significantly higher than the advertised high of 60,000 IOPS and the result of SandForces newly updated firmware. Overall, the results we have seen in all three synthetic benchmarks have been consistent and the mark of an upper tier SSD.