THE SSD REVIEW TEST BENCH AND PROTOCOL
Solid State Drive testing at The SSD Review differs slightly, depending on whether we are looking at consumer or enterprise SSDs. For consumer SSDs, our goal is to test in a system that has been optimized with our SSD Optimization Guide. To see the best performance possible the CPU C states have been disabled, C1E support has been disabled, Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST) has been disabled. Benchmarks for consumer testing are also benchmarks with usually a fresh drive. In our case, this drive has previously been tested at The SSD Review. We benchmark our drives to verify that manufacturer specifications are in line but also, so the consumer can replicate our tests to confirm that they have an SSD that is top-notch. We even provide links to most of the benchmarks used in the report.
This Test Bench build was the result of some great relationships and purchases; our appreciation goes to the below mentioned manufacturers for their support in our project. All of the components we use for testing and evaluation can be easily purchased at a relatively affordable price. The links provided below can assist in pricing, as well as availability for those of you who may find interest in our equipment.
|PC Chassis:||In Win 805 Mid Tower Chassis|
|Motherboard:||ASRock Z170 OC Formula|
|CPU Cooler:||Corsair H100 AIO CPU Cooler|
|Memory:||Crucial 64GB DDR4-2133 Memory|
|Power Supply:||be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11 850W|
|Graphics Card:||Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Amp! Edition 4GB|
|System Cooling:||be quiet! Silent Wings 2 Chassis Fan|
|Keyboard:||Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum|
|Mouse:||i-rocks M20E Illuminated Gaming Mouse|
|Storage:||Intel 750 Series NVMe PCIe SSD (1.2TB)|
The software in use for today’s analysis is typical of many of our reviews and consists of Crystal Disk Info, TRIMcheck, ATTO Disk Benchmark, Crystal Disk Mark, AS SSD, Anvil’s Storage Utilities, Iometer, PCMark Vantage, HD Tune Pro and PCMark 8. We prefer to test with easily accessible software that the consumer can obtain, and in many cases, we even provide links. 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, to the number of hours the device has been powered, and even to the extent of informing you of the firmware of the device.
As we can see, both capacities have been powered on 6 times for quality control purposes and feature SMART attributes, DevSleep and TRIM, but let’s first double check that it is working …
We’ve covered TRIMcheck in the past. It is a great tool that easily lets us see if TRIM is actually functioning on a SSD volume in your system.
It appears that TRIM is indeed working for both capacities, let’s dig into our testing.
ATTO Disk Benchmark is a relatively easy-to-use benchmark tool, which happens to be the benchmark of choice for many manufacturers. ATTO uses compressible data rather than random data, which results in higher performance and thus, higher benchmark scores. In our testing, we have selected the transfer size to range from 0.5KB to 8192KB, and have set the total length of the test to be 256MB.
Both drives perform very well in ATTO, reach up to 557MB/s read and 536MB/s write, both drives well exceeded the drive’s listed specifications (540MB/s read and 520MB/s write). We also see that a drastic increase in the performance curve around the 16 KB file size, where both drives almost reach 500 MB/s.