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.
Anvil Storage Utilities does a great job of identifying both the system and SSD being tested as well as being one of the most complete benchmarks available. Disk transfer speeds are in the ballpark and low 4k random performance of 67MB/s write is decent for a mSATA form factor. As well, a high of 60, 728 IOPS falls just short of specs but is still a great result.
PCMARK VANTAGE X64 HDD SUITE
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
MICRON C400 MSATA 256GB SSD VANTAGE RESULTS
The C400 pulled through PCMark Vantage tests with a Total Point Score high of 67337 points and a high transfer speed of 377MB/s when importing pictures into Windows Photo Gallery. In checking it’s placement amongst all mSATA SSDs tested to date, it has only been beat by the MyDigitalDiscount SMART 240GB SSD and placed just above it’s 128GB brother.
The following chart displays the Vantage ranking of mSATA SSDs tested to date and the Micron C400 256GB SSD has attained the second highest spot.