ATTO DISK BENCHMARK VER. 2
The advertised specifications of this SSD are 260MB/s read and write so results of 279MB/s read and 266MB/s write were a welcome way to start our tests. The method of benchmarking used in this software is that of which most manufacturers base their advertised specifications.
CRYSTAL DISKMARK X64 ver 3.0
Crystal did a great job of confirming the results of ATTO and added to that by returning great 4Kb random write scores of 78MB/s which let us know that this is going to be a top performer. The most visibly performance increases you will see when moving up from a hard drive to a SSD are a result of the incredible fast seek times and the 4Kb random disk write access.
SIMPLI SOFTWARE HDTACH VER. 3.0.4
HDTach testing confirmed what we have seen through the previous tests and that is that the Viking SATADIMM solid state drive has got the muscle one would expect from such a drive. After all, its equipped with the SandForce 1500 enterprise processor and its NAND chips are single level cell (slc) vice the standard of todays drives which has not become eMLC from yesterdays generation of mlc (multi level cell) SSDs.
The difference we see as we move from slc to mlc and now eMLC is significant costwise but it also plays largely on the lifespan of the drive. An slc drive has an estimated 100,000 write cycles which, in layments terms, means the drive can be written to entirely 100,000 times. The mlc has an estimated 10,000 write cycle lifespan where eMLC being released today has an estimated 3,000 write cycle lifespan.
To most consumers, this really shouldn’t concern them whatsoever because the average physical lifespan of typical NAND is approximately 10 years which is much better than a hard drive could ever hope to survive. The NAND itself will expire long before the estimated total write cycles are ever reached for the consumer.
Pg 1 – Introduction
Pg2 – Test Bench and Protocol
Pg 3 – Benchmarks
Pg4 – HDTune Pro Benchmarks