Legit Storage Reviews
Intel 525 Series mSATA SSD Performance Roundup
|Date:||Mon, Feb 11, 2013 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Joe Evans -|
CrystalDiskMark and Anvil IOPS
CrystalDiskMark is a small benchmark utility for drives and enables rapid measurement of sequential and random read/write speeds. Note that CDM only supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ) with a queue depth of 32 (as noted) for the last listed benchmark score. This can skew some results in favor of controllers that also do not support NCQ.
CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2 x64 - Intel Z77 Platform
Benchmark Results: Like the AS-SSD benchmark, the scores for the sequential tests increase in step with capacity where are the 4k writes see a definitive performance difference once past the 60GB capacity mark.
Anvil Storage Utilities 1.050 RC6- Intel Z77 Platform
Along with the move to a new platform, we decided to make a change in one of the benchmarks. There's a relatively new benchmark called Anvil Storage Utilities that is in beta but close to production. It's a very powerful tool that measures performance through a variety of tests which can be customized. Since some of the tests more or less duplicate what we get from other benchmarks we use already, we decided to use the IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second) testing on 4kb file sizes at a queue depth of 32. IOPS performance is something SSD makers tout quite a bit but we generally don't do a lot of IOPS testing because frankly a lot of users can't relate to IOPS metrics as well and it tends to be more meaningful to the enterprise/server crowd. Still, it is another performance indicator with relevance and while some drives post good MB/s numbers, their IOPS scores aren't always commensurate which this test will prove out.
Benchmark Results: Reads are fairly consistent in the IOPS measurement but again the writes ramp up as capacity increases. Overall, each exceed to the marks of their published specifications.
Next Page - Real World Copy & Boot Tests
Page 1 - The Rise of mSATA
Page 2 - A Closer Look At The Drives
Page 3 - Test System & Drive Info
Page 4 - ATTO & AS-SSD Benchmarks
Page 5 - CrystalDiskMark and Anvil IOPS
Page 6 - Real World Copy & Boot Tests
Page 7 - Final Thoughts & Conclusions