ANVIL STORAGE UTILITIES PROFESSIONAL
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 utilize in our benchmark testing.
The one aspect of Anvil testing that I really wanted to examine closely was that of disk access times at the different levels. I knew what I was going to find in both the IOPS and transfer speeds but I found the AS SSD disk speed to be a bit slow and wanted to have it confirmed or refuted in this test. I was pleased to see that the disk access speed results (Resp. time) were very low and indicative of what I would have expected to see from the upStream.
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
SUPERTALENT RAIDDRIVE UPSTREAM VANTAGE RESULTS
The upStream fared better than it did in the products listed specifications and a result of 43416 points was achieved with a high transfer speed of 451MB/s when testing in Windows Media Center. Although we would have liked to see higher scoring here, once again it seems indicative of Super Talents choice to go with the LSI SandForce SF-1222 processor. I still found the results of the remaining tests to be a bit low and would like to have a new test sample in my hand at some point.
We had to wrestle for some time before deciding on not placing this within our hierarchy charts and with good reason. First and foremost, we have stood by our policy that previously used review samples would not be included in our testing. Should we ever receive a new review sample for evaluation, it will most definitely be included. In the end, the opportunity to be the first person outside of Super Talent to handle this SSD was was simply to great to pass up. Hence the decision to review the product without direct comparison.
Before we get to the report analysis and some final thoughts, I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to show what a great light show the upStream creates when mixed with the OCZ Fatal1ty 1000W PSU.