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. In testing the Intel 710, we found testing with ‘random’ or highly incompressible data to be the best method.
Up until recently, ATTO 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.
AS SSD provides further confirmation of the 710 as well as our first look at it’s IOPS scores. The low 4k write scores come out quite a bit higher than specifications list so lets take a look at what Anvil Storage Utilities can do:
ANVIL STORAGE UTILITIES PROFESSIONAL
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. Lets see how the Intel 710 Series 240GB SATA II SSD fares on Anvil Pro:
Anvil Storage Utilities is a valuable tool in performance testing because EVERYTHING is tested and all results are available in a single screen. Not only are we provided with system and disk information, but also, all tests detail the response time and MB read as well as results in for both IOPS and transfer speed (MB/s). The 4k-QD16 IOPS result of 20,674 once again shows that this SSD stands above its listed specifications.