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.
We weren’t very happy with these initial ATTO results simply because we would have liked to see higher than a 473MB/s write disk transfer speed. The 556MB/s read result seems to be right in tune with listed specifications of the ProV Max.
Crystal Disk Benchmark is used to measure read and write performance through sampling of raw (0/1 Fill/compressible) or random data which is, for the most part, incompressible. Many new SandForce Driven SSD owners who cant wait to test the performance of their SSD often grab this program and run a quick test, not realizing that they are testing with incompressible data rather than compressible data used in testing by manufacturers. We have provided compressible (oFill) results on the left with incompressible (random data) results on the right.
Crystal DiskMark comparison with respect to testing highly compressible data (left) against incompressible data (right) shows a significant difference when transferring highly incompressible data such as video, music and photos. On the contrary, the low 4k random write transfer speeds of 97MB/s are some of the best results we have seen yet.
Up until recently, AS SSD was the only benchmark created specifically for SSD testing and it uses incompressible data. AS SSD, for the most part, gives us the worst case scenario in SSD transfer speeds while using SandForce Driven SSDs as they use compression in storage as discussed earlier. Many enthusiasts like to benchmark with AS SSD for their needs.