Renice Mini PCIe 64GB SSD Review – Test Configuration

TEST BENCH CONFIGURATION

Motherboard Asus Rampage III Gene SATA 6Gb/s USB3
CPU Intel i7-930 CPU@2.80Ghz (OC’d to 3.2Ghz)
RAM 6Gb G.Skill 1600 Triple Channel
Graphics MSI N460GTX DDR5 768MB
Power Supply OCZ ModXStream-Pro 600w
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212+
OS Windows 7 64 Bit Ultimate
Wifi Belkin Surf & Share Wireless USB Adapter
Monitor Dell E228WFP 22″ Flat Panel
Desktop Case BitFenix Survivor Mid-Tower ATX Gaming Case (x)
Front Loading Mobile SSD Rack Icy Dock SSD 4 x 2.5″ Mobile Rack (x)

SOFTWARE

Software utilized for the review included Crystal Disk Mark, HDTune Pro, ATTO Benchmark, HDTach, along with FutureMark PCMark Vantage. All tests are conducted in Windows 7 safe mode, wherever possible, as this gives the truest result for evaluation purposes; the sole exception being PCMark Vantage which would not function in safe mode. Where the opportunity exists, tests are repeated to ensure accuracy and consistency of results.

DISK INFORMATION – CRYSTAL DISK INFO

BENCHMARKS

1. Crystal Disk Mark Ver. 3.0

The first we considered when looking at this test is where this PCIe SSD is intended for use which is that of an atom based netbook. Whether the netbook can reach these numbers is yet to be seen but the performance increase through seek times alone would be amazing to see.  The write scores are a bit lower than the specs which is the result of this SSD being a 4 channel drive vice the faster 8 channels of the larger capacity.
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2. ATTO Disk Benchmark
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The ATTO benchmark was a bit unexpected because the Crystal Disk Mark results in ‘0Fill’ mode usually stand side by side with the ATTO Benchmark, however, in this case we see that ATTO has pulled the high sequential read and write scores up to 280MB/s and 206MB/s respectively which is nice to see. In the normal course of testing SSDs, the best method is to use random data during the Crystal DiskMark test as it mimics normal activity closely. Random data testing does not work well with SandForce controlled SSDs as they use compression in storage and this leaves an unfair and skewed appearance in viewing these scores beside that of other drives. We find that the best software available for side-by-side comparison is PCMark Vantage x64 as the synthetic tests are based on everyday activities of the common user.

 

PG1 – PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION & SPECIFICATIONS

PG2 – TEST BENCH & CRYSTAL/ATTO BENCHMARKS

PG3 – HDTACH & HDTUNE BENCHMARKS

PG4 – PCMARK VANTAGE & FINAL THOUGHTS

 

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