It has become clear that simply conducting
endless benchmarks on SSD drives is pointless. Real users may run a few
benchmarks when they first fit their SSD drive, but most users just want a
drive that performs well in the real world. They want their drive to work
"out of the box" and work fast and smoothly.
Most of the latest SSD drives can deliver
very fast sustained reading and writing speeds, but these alone tell you very
little about how the drive will perform in the real world.
If you intend to use your SSD as your
primary system drive, with an operating system and applications installed and
running from the drive, real world performance becomes much more important than
just fast sequential read and write speeds, in this case I felt that it was
time to move into a different method of testing.
From now on I will only use the log files
from the Event Viewer to measure the start-up and shutdown of the system, and
also use filecopy to measure all my copy tests from a RAM disk to the selected
storage drive that I will be testing. For these tests I will also enable all
power savings features that are available, since I believe that this is the way
that the majority of the users will have them set on their PC.
world copy tests
I will now conduct some real world copy
tests so that you can have a much better view of how the drive will perform. In
these simple tests I try to simulate what a real user does with their drives. I
will be copying some mp3 files, various picture and MKV files, and finishing by
installing MS Office 2007.
As I said earlier from now on all my test
files will be stored in a RAM disk and copied/pasted to the destination drive
using filecopy. The filecopy utility will be used from now on for all my tests,
and I’ll be using it this way to measure the time that it takes to copy the
Before I move on to the test, I want to
give you an idea on how fast your RAM is. Below you can find the results.
we can clearly see speed isn’t going to be an issue in these tests.
Read write tests – 259 MP3 song files (1.36GB total)
I will start this set of tests by copying
259 MP3 files from the RAM disk to the destination SSD and also from the SSD to
the RAM disk.
MP3s from RAM to SSD
MP3s from SSD to RAM
The result is good, not the fastest one
that I have seen but less than 5 seconds for 1.3GB of MP3s is always welcomed.
Read write tests – 3,377 JPEG picture files (2.56GB total)
Continuing my set of tests, but this time I
will be copying 2.54GB of pictures that are stored in the RAM disk to the
currently testing SSD and vice versa.
pictures from RAM to SSD
pictures from SSD to RAM
Both results are acceptable, but if I
compare it with most new drives the Netac N580N m2 SSD falls behind.
Read write tests – 1 MKV and 1 SRT file (3.46GB)
Copying a movie is very common task for all
of us, and in this test there are two files that will be copied from the RAM
disk to the SSD and again from the SSD to the RAM disk.
an MKV and an SRT file from RAM to SSD.
an MKV and an SRT file from SSD to RAM.
Both results are very good in this test.
Read write tests – ISO (7927MB)
For this test, I copied ISO of the ‘Iron
Man’ movie from the RAMDisk to the SSD and vice versa.
an ISO file from RAM to SSD.
an ISO file from SSD to RAM.
The read result is very good, but when it
comes to writing the Netac N580N m.2 SSD is not that fast.
Windows start-up based on the Boot Racer 5.00
On the next screen shot you can compare the
current tested SSD and compare it to other drives that I have tested. Below I
present the results.
The Netac N580N m.2 SSD gave again a good
result of 28.046 seconds to boot into Windows 10.
Installing applications is possibly
something you don’t do that often. But should you replace your system disk,
then you will most likely have to re-install your applications. Most of the SSD
drives I have tested up until now are quite slow at installing applications,
most likely because their I/O performance was quite limited.
For these tests, we picked some popular
applications and copied the entire contents of the CD or DVD media to the RAM disk.
We did this to make sure that the reading speed of our CD/DVD reader would not
hamper the performance of the target drive.
We then installed these applications onto
our comparison HDD drives, which were all running mirror image installations of
our Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit installation, and timed the amount of time
taken to install the application with a stopwatch on each of the drives.
MS Office 2007 Enterprise (full install)
Now let’s see
how the Netac N580N m.2 SSD performs with the installation of MS Office 2007
Enterprise Edition. The drive needed 129 Seconds to complete the installation
of Office 2007.
Speed degradation after heavy testing
On this page I will measure how the SSD
performs after heavy testing and usage.
I will run an AS SSD benchmark test when
the OS is freshly installed so that we can get a good view of how the drive
performs with the OS. After that I will fill the drive up to 50% of its
capacity, use the drive for a few days, and then re-run the AS SSD benchmark.
The same procedure will be followed once again, but this time the drive will be
filled close to 90% or higher of its capacity. To finish this test, I will
simply delete all the extra data and leave the PC idle for a few hours so that
the controller has the time to perform any necessary cleaning, then see how the
In this picture you can see the test files
that I will be copying to fill the drive with data, as you can see files vary
from 8GB ISOs to very small text files.
In the picture below you will find all the
applications that were installed for this test using Ninite, and I have also installed Microsoft
Now let’s start our tests.
Starting with the fresh install of Windows 10,
and running AS SSD to get an idea of how the Netac N580N m.2 SSD performs, we
can see that the score is a little lower than what I have seen in my synthetic
tests, but is still good.
Again when the drive is pushed close to its
limits there is a slowdown, so I would opt to leave the drive with more than
10-20GB of free space for better performance.
If you look at the numbers you will notice
that the 4K-64Thrd read score is awesome, however this number does not
represent the true performance of the Netac N580N and shows that AS SSD might
have some bugs that need sorting. I ran this test five times and each time the
result was slightly different but the 4K-64Trd was very high. Overall the
result looks good though.
With all extra files deleted the numbers
are very close to the ones that I saw when I first ran the AS SSD test.
You can compare this drive with some
previous SSDs that I have tested, but keep in mind that the other results are
based on an entirely different system and should be looked on only as a reference.
You can find these results here.
Testing the Netac N580N on a Z170 system
Wanting to remove the bottleneck that the
H110 chipset and the Celeron CPU introduced I took the drive out and put it in
a system that should be able to exclude the possibility of a any kind of bottle
neck. The following results are from this system.
CPU: Intel i5 6600K @ 4.4GHz
RAM: HyperX 2x8GB @ 2400MHz
PSU: Corsair CX650W
VGA: MSI Gaming GTX 970
Case: Be quite Silent 800
CPU Coller: Corsair H60
Cound card: Onboard Realtek® ALC892
So let’s start by showing the result that
the Netac N580N m.2 SSD was able to achieve with AS SSD.
And then moving forward to ATTO
The next test is CrystalDiskMark.
The final test will be Anvil’s Benchmark
using the 100% incompressible test.
As we can see in the Z170 chipset alongside
the Intel overclocked to 6600K is able to achieve slightly better results,
especially in the 4K tests.
This concludes our review. To read the final
thoughts and conclusion, click the link below….