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 because of its use of incompressible data and many enthusiasts like to AS SSD for their needs. Transfer speeds are displayed on the left with IOPS results on the right.
As well, the ISO and Game file transfer was very quick, although we would have liked to see transfer speeds of the Program higher.
You may not see this for long (and it’s definitely not common) but you get a freebee simply for reading! Over the last little while, we have been assisting with beta testing new benchmark software called Anvil Storage Utilities which is an absolutely amazing SSD benchmarking utility. 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.
Once again, although transfer speeds were a bit lower than listed specifications, IOPS results were impressive as was the Total Score.
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
SAMSUNG 840 EVO 1TB mSATA SSD VANTAGE PERFORMANCE
The Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SSD provided very impressive results in Vantage testing with a high Total Score of 75212 and top transfer speed of 415MB/s while testing in Windows Media Center. Equally impressive was the fact that we had 7 of 8 results reach SATA 3 speeds, two of which were above 400MB/s. Checking our original review of the Samsung 840 EVO 1TB SSD notebook form factor, results between the two are very similar.
As we can see in our Vantage mSATA Hierarchy Chart, the Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SSD seems to be top dog with its impressive 75212 Total Score. It merits stating that this chart only provides comparison of PCMark Vantage Total Point scores and may differ when comparing such things as compressible and incompressible transfer speeds, as well as IOPS.
SAMSUNG MAGICIAN PERFORMANCE BENCHMARK
Samsung Magician also provides a benchmark program which provides both transfer speed and IOPS performance of Samsung SSDs. Although we might normally avoid benchmarks that were created by manufacturers, this result will be a good comparison once we start examining RAPID mode performance.
As we can see, both read and write throughput and IOPS are almost dead-on listed specifications. One might think that final specs may have been derived from this benchmark program.