TSSDR X99 ASROCK EXTREME11 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. To see the best performance possible the CPU C states have been disabled, C1E support has been disabled and Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST) has been disabled. 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 fairly 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, and QNIX. 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 X99 Extreme11 Socket LGA 2011-3|
|CPU:||Intel Haswell-E I7-5930K 6-Core CPU|
|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 Predator DDR4|
|KEYBOARD:||Corsair Vengeance K95 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard|
|MOUSE:||Corsair Vengeance M95 MMO/RTS Laser Mouse|
|MONITOR:||QNIX 27inch QX2710 2560×1440
|SYSTEM SSD||Intel P3700 800GB NVME SSD|
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 Mark, AS SSD, Anvil’s Storage Utilities, and PCMark Vantage. 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 SSD Magician is available free of use and is intended for Samsung SSDs; simply click on the title for the download. Traditionally, the SSD Magician hasn’t been very useful on non-retail Samsung SSDs, but this wasn’t so with the SM951. Just to clarify, the Samsung SM951 is not a retail Samsung release, but is available at Amazon. A word of caution, however, as purchases like this most often do not include traditional manufacturer’s warranty.
An initial performance result of 4.5GB/s read and 3.1GB/s write on our dual 512GB SM951 RAID0 setup is a great start. This is, however, Samsung’s own software so let’s see just how things fare elsewhere.
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 found these ATTO Disk Benchmark results very peculiar. Our RAID0 setup did reach 4.1GB/s read and 3.1GB/s write but take a look at what occurs as soon as read performance maxes out. It drops significantly, almost as if thermal protection kicked in, yet there was no heat and thermal protection never kicked in. One thing is definite and that is that ATTO, or the SSD did not like reaching speeds that fast. Or does it…