Toshiba OCZ RD400 M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD Review – 512GB

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The SSD Benchmark Test System

Before we look at the numbers, let’s take a brief look at the test system that was used. All testing was done on a fresh install of Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. This means windows defender, windows update, disk fragmentation and everything else that would interfere with testing was disabled. Windows 8.1 also had the power option set to high performance. We also disabled Turbo mode on the Intel Core i7-5960X to ensure our numbers are spot on and repeatable.

ASUS X99 Sabertooth Motherboard

The Intel X99 platform that we used to test the storage drives was based around the ASUS X99 Sabertooth motherboard with BIOS 1801 that came out on 06/25/2015. We used Intel RST storage drivers, the exact version was 13.1.0.1058. The Crucial Ballistix DDR4 32GB 2400MHz memory kit was run at 2666MHz with 15-15-15-28 1T memory timings. The Corsair Neutron XT 240GB SSD was used as the primary drive.

Intel X99 Test Bench

Intel LGA 2011v3 Test Platform
Component Brand/Model Live Pricing

Processor

Core i7 5960X

Motherboard

ASUS X99 Sabertooth

Memory

Crucial Ballistix 2400MHz 32GB

OS Drive

Corsair Neutron XT 240GB

Power Supply

Corsair AX860i

Operating System

Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit

CrystalDiskInfo 6.8.2 Readout:

The readout on CrystalDiskInfo 6.8.2 shows that the OCZ RD400 512GB SSD support S.M.A.R.T. and uses the PCIe 3.0 x4 interface. The drive we received had firmware version 57CZ4102 (V1.02)  installed and that is the version that we used for general testing and benchmarking.

OCZ RD400 CrystalDiskInfo

OCZ RD400 CrystalDiskInfo

The overall capacity shows up as 476GB on the OCZ RD400 512GB SSD in Windows. Note the idle temperature… Without a fan we were at 47-50C and with a 120mm case fan blowing air across the card we were down to 40-43C at idle. At full load you can hit 80C and throttle the drive with poor airflow, so be sure to have proper cooling over the card!

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Let’s have a look at the performance!

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