Super Talent DuraDrive AT7 SSD Review (1TB) – In Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) System SSDs

CRYSTAL DISK BENCHMARK VER. 3.0 X64

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.

SuperTalent Duradrive AT7 1TB SSD Crustal Diskmark

Crystal DiskMark pretty much displays what we have already seen with high sequential data transfer, but also adds decent random read and write speeds as well.

AS SSD BENCHMARK VER 1.7

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.

SuperTalent Duradrive AT7 1TB SSD AS SSDSuperTalent Duradrive AT7 1TB SSD AS SSD IOPSAS SSD provides us with performance a bit lower than we might expect, but all still falls within listed specs, given exception to the IOPS which are a bit lower.  Considering what we have seen in the SMI SM2246EN controller previously, we would believe the firmware in this case is fitted precisely to IVI System needs.  This is similar with Copy Bench results below, these also being just a bit lower than we might normally see:

SuperTalent Duradrive AT7 1TB SSD AS SSD Copy Bench

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.

SupreTalent Duradrive AT7 1TB SSD Anvil

Anvil Storage Utilities confirm much of what we have seen thus far, providing a bit better of a look at disk access for different test sizes.

PCMARK VANTAGE X64 HDD SUITE

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

PCMARK VANTAGE RESULTS

The PCMark Total Score of the Super Talent DuraDrive AT7 SSD is 78941 and right up there with the latest upper tier SSDs we have looked at.  Looking a bit more closely at the 8 test results, we can see that all 8 scores are what we would realistically see in SATA 3 vice SATA 2, the highest being 450MB/s when testing in media center.  We would like to have seen higher scores in the final two tests.

SuperTalent Duradrive AT7 1TB SSD PCMark Vantage

9 comments

  1. Sooo is there any real reason for anyone to select this drive over say an 850 Evo or an MX100 when dealing with potentially harsh environments like mobile (automobile) applications? It seems like a reasonably good drive, but I don’t see any clear advantages over others. With specific applications in mind.

      • Yeah, I got that, and I realize that that means that for the vast majority of users that read this article, none of it applies to them. So why write the article unless you are outlining the reasons WHY this drive matters to the automotive industry over something like an off the shelf Samsung, adata, SanDisk, Kingston, etc?
        I’m not criticizing the article, but I don’t understand the point of writing it if not to outline the specific use cases that this drive would be considered over a standard SSD or why Super Talent specifically marketed it toward the automotive industry. I’ve read dozens of articles about decent to great performing drives with very little to differentiate them from a dozen others beyond slight variances in performance in synthetic tests that bare little to no relation to real world applications or human experience.
        Obviously, from a consumer standpoint, that’s fantastic as it means that unlike way back when I bought my first Vertex Turbo, there are now tons of great options out there. What it doesn’t tell me is where we should be searching now for differentiators? How do the admittedly few of us that obsess over the details, look to identify not just a “good enough” SSD, but the perfect one for the task?
        I’ve purchased OCZ drives, SanDisk, Kingston, Samsungs, etc. Always after extensive research with the intent to identify the perfect solution for a given application. It’s interesting to hear about how a drive or controller was designed and what the designer considered as a priority. Some drives shine on synthetic benchmarks, while barely budging the needle in real world applications. Others come in specialized form factors or with special hardware encryption built in. As I work with

      • I would like to see that modded Lian Li case 🙂

      • Daniel Kreimendahl

        My guess is they wrote the article to inform anyone who look to thessdreview.com first when looking for details that the manufacturers don’t provide. In other words, because articles like these are why TSSDR exists. TSSDR answers the question every time for me when I wonder about the price tag attached to any SSD product, low or high.

        SuperTalent is marketing it toward the automotive market. It isn’t TSSDR’s job to substantiate their marketing claim – it is to provide the critical details about SSD products as they always do so that people like you and me can make fully informed decisions regardless of what our or our customer’s application might be.

      • Wow thank you… As much as we love watching flash storage evolve, it is comments like this that keeps us going. There are a lot of late nights and early mornings in this job. Yesterday was the perfect example where I was up until 4 am trying to get site caching working properly and then got an email from Sean stating he was putting the Crucial SSD he only received two days ago down for the night….err morning. This comment was very well timed and thanks much.

    • Joseph Kavinsky-

      From the Super Talent website: “The AT7 has excellent resistance to shock, vibration, dust, temperature extremes and other environmental hazards…geared specifically for applications that require high shock and vibration tolerance.”

      Also, the two other drives you mention are TLC while this AT7 is SLC or MLC.

      This drive is an interesting option. I have a few Super Talent SD cards and they are solid as a rock.

      Jim

      • Hello Jim?you metion that you are deploying SD cards?Could I know your application?if you are interested in storage cards(industrial grade),conctact me .

    • hi,Joseph,as you said,there is not clear concept on the SSD special features,May the below link would help you to make a little clear on SSD application or its outstanding features,any questions,kindly to solve for you via selena@renice.co

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