ADATA Falcon 1TB NVMe SSD Review

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ATTO & CrystalDiskMark

ATTO v4.01.0f1

ATTO is one of the oldest drive benchmarks still being used today and is still very relevant in the SSD world. ATTO measures transfers across a specific volume length. It measures raw transfer rates for both reads and writes and places the data into graphs that can be very easily interpreted. The test was run with the default runs of 0.5KB through 64MB transfer sizes with the total length being 256MB.

ATTO Disk Benchmark:

Benchmark Results: On ATTO Disk Benchmark found the ADATA Falcon 1TB NVMe SSD peaked at 3.18 GB/s read and 1.52 GB/s write at the standard queue depth of 4. 

ADATA Falcon 1TB SSD ATTO Disk Benchmark

When we chart the 128KB test results from ATTO Disk Benchmark, the ADATA Falcon 1TB SSD was 30% faster than the ADATA Swordfish 1TB on writes and 27% faster on reads. Despite being roughly 30% faster, the ADATA Falcon is clearly an entry-level NVMe SSD as it struggled to compete with most of the other drives we have tested.

CrystalDiskMark 7.0.0 x64

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) and shows the highest score of five runs.


Benchmark Results: The ADATA Falcon 1TB NVMe drive is rated at up to 3,100 MB/s read and 1,500 MB/s write speeds in CrystalDiskMark and we blew that away with our 1TB mode topping out at 3,400 MB/s read and 1,634 MB/s! The 4K Random performance was found to be 48.21 MB/s read and 142.82 MB/s write at a queue depth of 1. We are off from the drives 180,000 IOPS rating for Random 4K read/write performance, but only on the read side.  If you add up the two Random 4K IOPS test results and then average the two scores you come up with 182,000 IOPS, so maybe ADATA was doing some fancy math! 

Let’s look at some other benchmarks!

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