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ASRock Z97 Extreme6 PCIe Ultra M.2 Storage Performance Overview

By: Chris Ramseyer | m.2 SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jun 2, 2014 1:00 pm

Anvil Storage Utilities

 

Version and / or Patch Used: RC6

 

So what is Anvil Storage Utilities? First of all, it's a storage benchmark for SSDs and HDDs where you can check and monitor your performance. The Standard Storage Benchmark performs a series of tests; you can run a full test or just the read or the write test, or you can run a single test, i.e. 4k QD16.

 

Anvil Storage Utilities is not officially available yet, but we've been playing with the beta for several months now. The author, Anvil on several international forums, has been updating the software steadily and is adding new features every couple of months.

 

The software can be used several different ways to show different aspects for each drive. We've chosen to use this software to show the performance of a drive with two different data sets. The first is with compressible data, and the second data set is incompressible data. Several users have requested this data in our SSD reviews.

 

 

0-Fill Compressible Data

 

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Incompressible Data

 

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The XP941 works with compressible and incompressible data the same, so there isn't a slow down when writing incompressible data.

 

 

Read IOPS through Queue Depth Scale

 

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In this test, we see a slight reduction across the board when it comes to random read IOPS. The numbers are very close, and aside from running benchmarks, a user wouldn't be able to tell.

 

Scaling Write IOPS through Queue Scale

 

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The 4k write IOPS test also shows a slightly reduced number of IOPS with the Extreme6.

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