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 have seen before in Crystal Disk Info with their SM2246EN controller, there are a healthy selection of Vender Specific attributes to monitor. There is a working temperature sensor and we can see that Crystal Disk Info shows TRIM, DevSleep, and NCQ are working.
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.
Crystal Disk Benchmark is used to measure read and write performance through sampling of random data which is, for the most part, incompressible. Performance is virtually identical, regardless of data sample so we have included only that using random data samples.
Next up in Crystal Disk Mark we can see that this SSD was able to achieve maximum sequential performance of 548MB/s read and 484MB/s write. On the 4K section we can see a high of 38MB/s for read and 110MB/s for write.
The toughest benchmark available for solid state drives is AS SSD as it relies solely on incompressible data samples when testing performance. For the most part, AS SSD tests can be considered the ‘worst case scenario’ in obtaining data transfer speeds and many enthusiasts like AS SSD for their needs. Transfer speeds are displayed on the left with IOPS results on the right.
The SM2256 was able to reach a total score of 1061, a better score than that of most SSDs with the old SM2246EN controller. Sequential speeds hit 520MB/s for reads and 439MB/s write while 4K speeds reach 36MB/s for read and 102MB/s for write. Furthermore, the drive reached 75,874 read IOPS and 83,275 write IOPS and access times for read and write are both around 0.035ms.
To complement the main benchmark, we ran AS SSD’s Copy Bench as it presents us with transfer speeds for different file types. We see that it reached a high of 496MB/s for the ISO test, and for its lowest value, it reached 243MB/s on the game test.
ANVIL STORAGE UTILITIES PROFESSIONAL
Anvil’s Storage Utilities (ASU) are the most complete test bed available for the solid state drive today. The benchmark displays test results for, not only throughput but also, IOPS and Disk Access Times. 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.
In Anvil Storage Utilities, the max sequential read reaches 524MB/s and sequential write comes in at 458MB/s. 4K speeds prove similar to the other benchmarks, 36MB/s for read and 106MB/s for write. Testing with compressible and incompressible data has presented similar performance to that of its older brother, the SM2246EN.