ORICO IV300 Mini Portable External SSD, 500GB Review

ORICO IV300 Mini Portable External SSD Specifications:

  • Product size: 2.7 inches x 1.26 inches x 0.39 inches 
  • Read speed: 985 MB/s Write speed: 931 MB/s 
  • Package dimensions: 2.36 x 0.98 x 0.39 inches 
  • Item weight: 1.06 ounces 
  • Manufacturer: ORICO Technologies Co., Ltd 
  • Product color: black/silver/blue/red 
  • Main control solution: JMS583 (10 Gbit/s) 
  • Transmission interface: USB 3.1 Gen2 Type C (10 Gbit/s) 
  • Storage medium: 3D NAND FLASH 
  • Built-in SSD type: M.2 NVMe SSD 
  • Hard disk capacity: 250 GB/500 GB/1 TB
  • Operating system: Windows 7/8/10, Mac OS, Linux, Android 

Testing Out the IV300 Mini Portable External SSD

All testing was completed using the following hardware:

ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK 1 (SOCKET 1150)
Intel Core i7 4790K @ 4.00GHz
32.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 666MHz (9-9-9-24)
Gigabyte Geforce GTX 980
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
USB 3.1 used for testing

Testing Software

Anvil Storage Utilities (ASU) – Anvil’s Storage Utilities is a freeware SSD benchmarking application: Endurance and benchmark testing tool for analyzing the performance of both solid-state and traditional hard disk drives. ASU test throughput as well as IOPS and Disk Access Times. It features a preset SSD benchmark and is also capable of performing endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write, and mixed tests. 

ATTO Disk Benchmark (ATTO)Is a robust hard disk and solid-state storage benchmarking tool. Several options are available to customize your performance measurement, including queue depth, overlapped I/O, and even a comparison mode with the option to run continuously. ATTO Disk Benchmark can be used to test any RAID controller, storage controllers, host adapters, hard drives, and SSD drives, or another solid-state storage medium that interfaces as a drive in your system.

 

Benchmarks
It’s worth noting that when I first started the review process for this SSD, I plugged it into an older iMac that I own, and the SSD went into read-only mode and had to be reformatted for Windows in order to adequately test and use the SSD. That was a pain and would put a non-technical user out of the gate before even getting to use the SSD. While it’s an understandable hiccup, it is a pretty major annoyance when the manufacturer claims that the SSD is plug and play, presumably for all operating systems. Once the SSD was reformatted, it worked perfectly on Windows and Mac.

Anvil Storage Utilities
When testing using Anvil’s Storage Utilities, we find sequential 4MB file operations averaged to 36.78MB/s while sequential write operations averaged to 32.82MB/s.

ATTO Disk Benchmark
The results from ATTO were within the same range of the previous two tests with 4MB sequential read speeds averaging to 33.31MB/s and write speeds averaged to 36.26MB/s.



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