System Configuration and Performance Testing
The testing will be done on one of my smaller form factor systems, one where you might use an mSATA drive as a secondary OS, or as additional storage.
- AMD A10-7850K Processor
- ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ Motherboard
- AMD Radeon R9 Gamer Series 2133MHz (2x4GB) Memory
- Noctua NH-L9a Cooler
- Samsung 128GB mSATA Solid State Drive
- HDPLEX Hi-Fi DC-ATX 250w Power Supply
“CrystalDiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program allows to measure sequential and random read/write speeds.”
For testing we’ll be looking at how the drive in the enclosure differs at USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and the speed of it being directly plugged into the motherboard via a PCI-e mini slot. The specific drive we will be using is the MZ-MPC1280/0L1 which is out of a Lenovo laptop. We will be using CrystalDiskMark to check the device at all 3 connection points, and see how it fairs.
Original PCI-e Mini Slot
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 utility 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 connections to storage. Top drive manufacturers, like Hitachi, build and test every drive using the ATTO Disk Benchmark”
“Test the sequential or random read/write performance without using the cache. AS SSD Benchmark reads/writes a 1 GByte file as well as randomly chosen 4K blocks. Additionally, it performs the tests using 1 or 64 threads and it determines the SSD’s access time.
Two extra benchmark tests examine the drive’s behavior when (1) copying a few big files, a lot of small files and a mixture of file sizes by using cached copy functions of your OS as well as (2) reading/writing data depending on the data’s compressibility.”
Let’s wrap up the review in the last page.