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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

PCMark Vantage - Drives with Data Testing


Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0.0


For a complete breakdown on the Drives with Data Testing, please read this article. You will be able to perform this test at home with the files provided in the article; full instructions are included.


Brief Methodology


SSDs perform differently when used for a period of time and when data is already present on the drive. The purpose of the Drives with Data testing is to show how a drive performs in these 'dirty' states. SSDs also need time to recover, either with TRIM or onboard garbage collection methods.


Drives with Data Testing - 25%, 50%, 75% Full States and Dirty / Empty Test

Files needed for 60 (64GB), 120 (128GB), 240 (256GB)

60GB Fill – 15GB, 30GB, 45GB

120GB Fill - 30GB, 60GB, 90GB

240GB Fill – 60GB, 120GB, 160GB

Empty but Dirty - a test run just after the fill tests and shows if a drive needs time to recover or if performance is instantly restored.




The real-world performance with data on the XP941 drops to around 50k Marks with the drive in an Extreme6.

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