Anvil’s Storage Utilities
As well as performing SSD endurance tests. Anvil’s Storage Utilities has a very nice SSD benchmarking application. The SSD benchmark tests many different aspects of SSD performance, including 4K random at different queue depths, and also sequential performance, but more importantly than this, all using real test data.
Another very nice feature of Anvil’s SSD benchmark is the fact that you can change the compression levels of the test data. The compression levels of the datasets used for the tests can be varied from 0% compression right up to 100% compressed data, and there are even a few data profiles already included, such as database (8%) compression, and also an application profile (46%) compression, which is designed to simulate real application data being read and written to the SSD.
I will include a screenshot of the review drive, and all comparison results will be presented in the form of graphs. If you would like to see screenshots of the test results obtained on the other SSDs in this article, you can do so by following the link here.
I will also be testing three different compression profiles, which are as follows.
- 0 fill (100% compressible data)
- Application simulation profile (46% compressed)
- 100% (incompressible data)
So let’s begin the tests.
Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB SSD (0 fill)
In the 0 fill test, the Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB SSD has performed well.
Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB SSD (application profile)
The application test pattern is much more realistic in terms of the type of data that real users will employ, and this time the Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB SSD is the eleventh fastest SSD.
Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB SSD (100% incompressible)
With test data that can't be compressed at all, the Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB SSD is still excellent, and finishes the test in tenth place.
One should keep in mind that although Anvil’s Storage Utilities SSD benchmark is a very good benchmark, and tests many aspects of SSD performance, ultimately it is demonstrating which SSD is technically the fastest when reading data, and this may not be showing (for example) which drive will be fastest in the real world with a home user's work pattern.
The Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB SSD has however performed very well in Anvil's SSD benchmark tests.
Now let's head to the next page for some real world tests....