Anvil Storage Utilities is essentially an all-in-one tool for all of your SSD benchmarking needs. Anvil can be used for basic consumer testing, as well as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests. It displays data regarding the SSD, and even about your system.
Anvil Storage Utilities (ASU) results are much the same as most of other tests. ASU did provide our high IOPS results of 59K which although higher than expected, is lower than the specified 80K IOPS. Once again, Novachips has stated that this is due to this early firmware release that we have been using and their posted specifications are valid.
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
NOVACHIPS SCALAR 4TB AND 8TB SSD VANTAGE TOTAL SCORE
PCMark Vantage is perhaps the only benchmark we used that we would have really liked to see a better result from. With 47509 points for the 4TB Scalar and 42800 points for the 8TB version, this performance brought us back to early release of SATA 3 SSDs where most of the tests resulted in SATA 2 speed results, as was the case with both SSDs. Considering that this is the only test that seemed to deviate from the others used, we might suggest that there is a bit of a compatibility issue with PCMark Vantage, at least in this instance.