You may not see this for long (and its definitely not common) but you get a free-bee 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.
Anvil affords us the luxury of identifying such things as system, SSD specifics, drivers in use, as well as those performance metrics such as transfer speeds, IOPS and even disk access times. This result utilizes 100% compression and confirms what we have seen thusfar, perhaps even working the BP4 just a bit harder.
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
The MyDigitalSSD 120GB BP4 SATA 3 SSD completed Vantage HDD Suite testing with a Total Point Score of 53617 and a high transfer speed of 338MB/s while testing in Media Center. In all eight tests, the BP4 only reached SATA 3 speeds on three of the tests and this mark is a bit lower than expected as we can see here:
Typically, we might see higher results in a 240GB capacity and, right about now, we wish this SSD were as labeled because this is one of the lowest results we have seen from a SATA 3 SSD to date.