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 4, 16, and 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: The overall Anvil SSD Benchmark score was 2,166.71 with 100% compression (incompressible data) and 2,172.73 with the Applications test setting of 46% compression. 4K QD16 IOPS performance was right around 26,000 IOPS Read and 14,000 Write. Kingston rates the Random 4K Read/Writes at around 27,000 IOPS and 10,500 IPS, so we are in the ballpark. These aren’t the highest numbers that we have ever seen and we would consider these to be okay on a budget minded consumer SSD.