System Configuration & Testing
CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K
Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus X Apex
RAM: 32GB HyperX Predator RGB 3200Mhz
GPU: Nvidia RTX 2080 FE
Drive: SP P34A80 1TB
OS: Windows 10 Professional X64 (1903)
Initialized as GPT and formatted as NTFS in windows, we get a useable space of 953GB.
An HDD/SSD utility software which supports a part of USB, Intel RAID, and NVMe.
CrystalDiskInfo shows we are connected to the host machine at PCIe 3.0 x4 as expected. Interestingly, It also shows about 300GB of usage right out of the box. This is likely from a Quality Control Check, but we would have liked to see this zeroed out before being sent.
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”
ATTO shows pretty close to the 3200MB/s on reads but falls just a hair short of the 3000MB/s on writes. Performance ramps up quite quickly and reaches nearly full speed by the 64KB block size.
“CrystalDiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program allows measuring sequential and random read/write speeds.”
CrystalDiskMark shows the rated write speeds, but knocks it out of the park on sequential reads and nearly hits 3.5GB/s.
Anvil’s 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).
We some interesting results here. First off is pretty decent IOPS with reads topping out just over the 150K mark and writes coming in at a bit over 110K. The latency or response time is quite interesting, we see slightly higher sequential latency that some drives we’ve tested, but most all of the 4K latencies are quite a bit lower. This leads to pretty good performance for daily use. The overall score reflects that.
The AS SSD benchmark determines the performance of Solid State Drives (SSD). The tool contains six synthetic and three copy tests.
The synthetic tests determine the sequential and random read and write performance of the SSD. These tests are carried out without using the operating system cache. In Seq-test the program measures how long it takes to read a 1 GB file to write respectively. 4K test the read and write performance is determined at random 4K blocks. The 4K-64 corresponds to the test Third 4K procedure except that the read and write operations are distributed to 64 threads. This test should SSDs pose with Native Command Queuing (NCQ), differences between the IDE operation mode where NCQ is not supported, and the AHCI mode. The additional compression test can measure the power of the SSD in response to the compressibility of the data. This is especially for the controllers that use to increase the performance and life of the cell compression, important.
In the first three synthetic tests and the compression test, the size of the test file 1 GB. Finally, the access time of the SSD is calculated, wherein the access to read over the entire capacity of the SSD (Full Stroke) is determined. The write access test, however, is done with a 1 GB big test file.
AS SSD always shows a bit lower overall sequential usually, but only slightly here, we are still close to 3GB/s all around.
Some simulated scenarios are completed very quickly by Silicon Power’s P34A80 drive here, with ISO and Game tests hitting nearly 2GB/s.
Compression testing runs right at the 3GB/s on reads and stays level. Writes come in about the same speed, but show cyclic dips to about 2.1GB/s from cache dumps every so often.