TSSDR Z97 TEST BENCH
SSD Testing at TSSDR 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, although CPU C States have not been changed at all. Benchmarks for consumer testing are also benchmarks with a fresh drive so, not only can we 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 is a brand new test bench and, as such, we would love to thank those who jumped in specifically to help the cause. Key contributors to this build are our friends at ASRock, Corsair, Kingston with components from past contributors to include In-Win, EVGA, beQuiet, Plextor, Samsung, QNIX and RamCity, this still being a key resource in the acquisition of the XP941. We have detailed all components in the table below and they are all linked should you wish to make a duplicate our system as so many seem to do, or check out the price of any soul component. As always, we appreciate your support in any purchase though our links!
This Test Bench build was the result of some great relationships and purchase; our appreciation goes to the below mentioned manufacturers for their support in our project. Our choice of components is very narrow, in that, we choose only what we believe to be among the best available and links are provided to each that will assist in hardware pricing and availability, should the reader be interested in purchase.
|PC CHASSIS:||InWin D-Frame Open Air Chassis|
|MOTHERBOARD:||ASRock Z97 Extreme6 Socket 1150|
|CPU:||Intel Core i7-4790|
|CPU COOLER:||Corsair Hydro Series H105 Extreme Water Cooled
|POWER SUPPLY:||be quiet Dark Power Pro 10 1000W PSU|
|SYSTEM COOLING:||be quiet Silent Wings 2 PC Fans|
|GRAPHICS CARD:||EVGA GTX 770 Superclocked with ACX Cooler|
|MEMORY:||Kingston HyperX Beast
|KEYBOARD:||Corsair Vengeance K95 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard|
|MOUSE:||Corsair Vengeance M95 MMO/RTS Laser Mouse|
|MONITOR:||QNIX 27? QX2710 2560×1440
|HBA||HighPoint RocketU 1144C 4 x USB 3.0 20Gb/s HBA|
The software we will be using for today’s analysis is typical of many of our reviews and consists of ATTO Disk Benchmark, Crystal Disk Info (NEWEST), Crystal DiskMark, AS SSD, PCMark Vantage and Anvil Storage Utilities. In consumer reports, 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.
SAMSUNG MEX CONTROLLER
Although not new to the Samsung family, we can bet the Samsung controller has been fine tuned for their newest 32 layer 3D V-NAND memory. The controller MEX controller is an eight channel 3-core ARM Cortex (R4) processor and running at 400MHz, up 100MHz from the MDX of the 840 Pro.
Perhaps a bit more interesting is the size of this 1TB drive when we compare it to the notebook, mSATA and M.2 (XP941) form factors. Seen top right in the picture below, the 850 Pro is little more than a 2X jump on the Samsung 840 mSATA SSD bottom left:
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.
It is ideal that Samsung has include only key S.M.A.R.T. attributes in which to monitor the drive over time. The Total Host Writes of 339GB represent testing at about the half-way mark for us on this drive. Those familiar with Crystal DiskInfo will immediately notice this latest version capable of identifying those SSDs capable of DEVSLP.