Toshiba TR200 480GB 3D BiCS SSD Review: Page 7 of 8
Posted by Mark Taliaferro on Friday, November 3, 2017 - 8:00am
Testing & Performance
Anvil Storage Utilities
Anvil's Storage Utilities is a powerful tool that was designed in order to provide you with a simple means of assessing the read and write performance of your Solid State Drive or Hard Disk Drive.
The benchmark tool helps you monitor and check the response time of your unit as well as view the system information collected using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI).
Anvil’s Storage Utilities has been designed to be the most comprehensive benchmark tool for Solid State Drives on the market. That does not mean that you can’t use it for conventional platter-based drives as well, but you do get the most out of the program when you test the speed and performance of SSDs with it. The program has gone through a series of beta and release candidate builds already and is currently available as Release Candidate 3. It is usually linked from this forum thread, which currently is not the case for the RC build which you can download here directly. You can’t use previous builds as they are set to expire automatically.
You can run a benchmark right away by selecting a drive from the menu at the top right or check out the settings first to make sure everything is configured correctly here. Here you can simulate a compression level of the test file, e.g. database, application or uncompressed, and whether you’d like to use the same test file on consecutive runs or generate a new one every time. As far as benchmarks go, you can run a standard SSD benchmark that is testing read, write, or both performances of the drive, or run threaded IO benchmarks only.
Anvil shows us a Max speed of 483.70MB/s at 120.93 IOPS (Input/Output per Second). Speeds range from 483.70MB/s to the brutal 4K test at 41.99MB/s with 10,748.62 IOPS and IOPS hit an amazing 72,838.31 IOPS on the 4K Queue Depth 16 test.
Write speeds vary from 439.86 sequential 4MB with 109.97 IOPS to that brutal 4K with 66.18MB/s with the highest IOPS at 77,427.26 IOPS on the $K Queue Depth 16 test.
ATTO Disk Benchmark
As the industry's leading provider of high-performance storage & network connectivity products, ATTO has created a widely-accepted Disk Benchmark freeware software to help measure storage system performance. As one of the top tools utilized in the industry, Disk Benchmark identifies performance in hard drives, solid state drives, RAID arrays as well as the host connection to attached storage. Top drive manufacturers, like Hitachi, build and test every drive using the ATTO Disk Benchmark.
The ATTO Disk Benchmark performance measurement tool is compatible with Microsoft Windows. Use ATTO Disk Benchmark to test any manufacturers RAID controllers, storage controllers, host bus adapters (HBAs), hard drives and SSD drives and notice that ATTO products will consistently provide the highest level of performance to your storage.
ATTO the defacto standard of hardware manufactures everywhere shows that the Toshiba TR200 can exceed the rated speed and hit 563.151MB/s read and 545.354 write pretty darn good for a BiCS 3D DRAMless drive if you ask us. Notice the drive ramps up speed very quickly as transfer sizes increase we like that quality in an SSD.
Crystal Disk Info
CryatalDiskInfo conforms that this is indeed the Toshiba TR200 480GB drive and uses a SATA 6 connector.
Crystal Disk Mark 5.0.2 x64
CrystalDiskMark is a piece of software that allows you to benchmark your hard drive or solid state drive, the purpose of benchmarking is to make sure that your HDD or SSD is performing optimally. CrystalDiskMark is only available on Windows and can be all major Windows Releases, it even works on Windows 10 Tech Preview.
CrystalDiskMark lets you select any drive that you want and perform a number of tests on them to measure performance for reading and writing. It will run sequential read and write tests as well as random read and write tests and will display the results in MB/s and IOPS.
CrystalDiskMark shows sequential Q32TI at 551.8MB/s while writes hit’s 511.1MB/s. Jumping to 4K 38.48MB/s read and 95.50 MB/s and we find ourselves impressed with this BiCS 3D Flash DRAMless drive.
Now we found a little different version of CDM out there so what the heck we went ahead and ran it as well.
CrystalDiskMark 4 Dev5 Shizuku Edition x64
This version of CDM shows 548.7 MB/s read and 509.9MB/s write on the sequential Q32T1 test. This test differs in that it has a 512K test which reads at 461.8MB/s and writes at 507.7MB/s. Of course, the 4K test shows lower numbers but 4K is more suitable for a server environment than consumer computing and that comes in at 50.98MB/s read and 145.0MB/s write.
SiSoftware Sandra is a 32- and 64-bit client/server Windows system analyzer that includes benchmarking, testing and listing modules. It tries to go beyond other utilities to show you more of what is really going on under the hood so you draw comparisons at both a high and low-level in a single product. You can get information about the CPU, GPGPU, chipset, video adapter (GPU), ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals even .NET and Java.
Sisoft Sandra Lite (newest version) shows a drive score of 526.46MB/s with a random access time of 15ms.
USB Flash Benchmark
USB Flash Benchmark http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Benchmarks/FlashBench.shtml is pretty unknown so we won’t be using it in scoring the Toshiba TR200 but we thought it interesting enough to run and results are similar to other tests.
The graphical portion of USB Flash Benchmark shows us starting in the 520MB/s range and what we liked about it was how the graph shows how the drive slows as writes get smaller. It’s not a commonly accepted benchmark so it’s for informational purposes only and not used in scoring the drive.
PCMark 8 is always a little stingy with scoring and we got a storage score of 4631 and a bandwidth of 103.44 MB/s and we wonder what kind of data load it’s throwing to slow down such a speedy drive.