TSSDR TEST BENCH AND PROTOCOL
SSD testing at TSSDR differs slightly, depending on whether we are looking at consumer or enterprise storage media. In today’s testing, we will be evaluating the XPG AStom 50 Gen4 NVMe SSD in our newest Intel Gen 4 Test Bench. This PC has been optimized to provide the absolute highest performance available using our SSD Optimization Guide.
INTEL Z590 PCIe 4.0 TEST BENCH
For this Test Bench, the CPU C-States, Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST) and Intel Speedshift (P-States) have not been disabled. As you will see below, the system is also bumped to 5.3GHz with memory at full speed in its XMP 2 profile.
The components of this Test Bench are detailed below. All hardware is linked for purchase and product sales may be reached by a simple click on the individual item. As well, the title is linked back to the individual build article where performance testing can be validated. Clicking on the Title below will bring you to our complete report on this new Gen 4 PC system.
INTEL Z590 PCIE 4.0 COMPONENTS (Click for System Report)
|PC CHASSIS:||Corsair 5000X RGB White Tempered Glass Chassis|
|MOTHERBOARD:||ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Z590 Hero Gen 4|
|CPU:||Intel 11th Gen Core i9-11900K|
|CPU COOLER:||Corsair Hydro Series H150i Capellix White|
|POWER SUPPLY:||Corsair RM850x 80Plus White|
|GRAPHICS:||ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity White|
|MEMORY:||Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR4-3200 32GB|
|STORAGE:||Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus Gen 4 4TB NVMe SSD|
|KEYBOARD:||Corsair K70 RGB Mk. 2 SE White Gaming|
|MOUSE:||Corsair M65 RGB Elite FPS Gaming|
|MONITOR:||Samsung 34″ 1440p WQHD Ultrawide Gaming|
The software in use for today’s analysis is typical of many of our reviews and consists of Crystal Disk Info, ATTO Disk Benchmark, Crystal Disk Mark, AS SSD, Anvil’s Storage Utilities, AJA, TxBench, PCMark 10, PassMark Performance Test, Final Fantasy XIV Gaming BenchMark, as well as true data testing. Our selection of software allows each to build on the last and to provide validation to results already obtained.
Crystal Disk Info is a great tool for displaying the characteristics and health of storage devices. It displays everything from temperatures, the number of hours the device has been powered, and even to the extent of informing you of the firmware of the device.
Crystal DiskInfo validates that our SSD is running in PCIe 4.0 x4, using the NVMe 1.4 protocol and confirms that it is TRIM capable. We chose to use this result as this is the absolute top temperature we could get the Atom 50 to reach and it took some work to get it this high. It did not throttle whatsoever, especially considering the fact that our first round of tests on this SSD were void of the included heatsink. For those familiar with Gen 4 SSDs, that is a very good sign. For those wondering if this is a good laptop or PS5 solution, this is a very good sign.
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.
ATTO performance hits highs of 4.7GB/s read and 4.5GB/s write which are great considering listed specs are 5/4.5GB.