Crystal Disk Benchmark is used to measure read and write performance through sampling of random data which is, for the most part, incompressible. Performance is virtually identical, regardless of data sample so we have included only that using random data samples.
Crystal Disk Mark shows us some more interesting results. As you can see, when dealing with incompressible data the drive performs well, however, once we test with fully compressible data things start to get better. Similar to SandForce drives, the Phison controllers are able to deliver faster read performance when handling compressible data.
Sequential reads and writes max out at 546MB/s and 529MB/s respectively. 4K read reaches 26MB/s with incompressible random data, while it reaches 90MB/s with compressible which is a bit unusual as this is the highest 4K read speed we have ever seen, regardless of the data type used for transfer. In fact, we had a call into Patriot to just confirm once again that the memory is, in fact, asynchronous as we have never seen asynchronous memory provide such high performance with incompressible data, as it does here.
The toughest benchmark available for solid state drives is AS SSD as it relies solely on incompressible data samples when testing performance. For the most part, AS SSD tests can be considered the ‘worst case scenario’ in obtaining data transfer speeds and many enthusiasts like AS SSD for their needs. Transfer speeds are displayed on the left with IOPS results on the right.
Our AS SSD result provided a Total Score of 1147. The Ignite reaches a max of 524MB/s and 507MB/s for sequential read and write tests. 4K read and write reached 33MB/s and 71MB/s respectively. Again, 4K write is pretty low for a modern SSD. In the IOPS we see it reaches a max of 98K IOPS read and 79K IOPS write.
To complement this, the AS SSD Copy Bench presents us with transfer speeds for different file types. The SSD reached a high of 440MB/s for the ISO test.
ANVIL STORAGE UTILITIES PROFESSIONAL
Anvil’s Storage Utilities (ASU) are the most complete test bed available for the solid state drive today. The benchmark displays test results for, not only throughput but also, IOPS and Disk Access Times. 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 use in our benchmark testing.
In Anvil we tested both compressible and incompressible data. Performance follows a similar trend to Crystal Disk Mark. The max sequential read reaches 526MB/s and sequential write came in at 504MB/s. With compressible data the 4K read speeds increased from nearly 25MB/s to 85MB/s. In Anvil we were also able to see the drive was cable of reaching a max of 100K random IOPS read and 85K write! These numbers are well above both rated specifications! Very nice.
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
PCMARK VANTAGE RESULTS
PCMark Vantage is the first benchmark where we first identified a bit of an ‘Achilles heel’ with the patriot ignite. In our review of the Corsair Neutron XT, it was able to achieve a Total Score of nearly 79,000, however the Patriot Ignite barely broke 52,000 points. This isn’t too much of a surprise as in the past when we reviewed other ‘asynchronous’ memory contained SSDs, to which they also performed slower compared to their counterparts with synchronous and toggle mode NAND. Repeated testing yielded similar results. Among the testing phases, the highest transfer speed of 390MB/s was recorded during the “Windows Vista Startup” benchmark, while the lowest of 158MB/s was recorded during the “adding music to Windows Media Player” benchmark. Let’s continue on to our PCMark 8 Consistency testing to see how it performs there.