System Testing & Testing
CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K
Motherboard: ASUS ROG Strix Z390-I Gaming
RAM: 32GB HyperX Predator RGB 3200Mhz
GPU: Nvidia RTX 2080 FE
Drive: HyperX Fury RGB – 240GB
OS: Windows 10 Professional X64 (1903)
Initialized as GPT and formatted as NTFS in windows, we get a useable space of 223GB.
An HDD/SSD utility software which supports a part of USB, Intel RAID, and NVMe.
Using the included External Enclosure, we see it supports USB Attached SCSI Protocol (UASP) for higher throughput that generic bulk storage drivers most USB devices use. We’ll compare speeds vs native SATA in a few tests to see how it does.
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"
Using the enclosure, we can’t quite hit the advertised drive speeds, but we still manage a respectable 441MB/s reads and around 280MB/s on writes which is great for USB.
Running directly connected to the motherboard, the drive hits 533MB/s reads and 500MB/s writes. Just a shade short on reads but faster than advertised on writes.
“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 about the same read speeds as ATTO, but the sequential writes fall to a workable but comparatively slow 110MB/s.
Once we go to direct connection of the drive, we again see great performance with writes coming in noticeably faster than advertised.
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).
Anvil’s Storage utilities give us the same sequential speeds we’ve seen on previous tests, but also shows really solid IOPS with low latency.
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.
For a SATA drive, a score of 865 is pretty good.