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MyDigitalSSD BP3 256GB mSATA SSD Revisited - 3.2 Firmware Update - Benchmarks - Anvil Storage Utilities

MDSSD and Phison have a new firmware ready for the S8 SATA III controller. Under normal circumstances we'd expect a small performance increase, but when the promise of a 4x increase was made, we knew we had to see for ourselves.

| SSDs in Storage | Posted: Aug 14, 2012 4:53 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: MyDigitalSSD

Anvil Storage Utilities

 

Version and / or Patch Used: BETA 11

 

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 DQ16.

 

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 and 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.

 

Fill Compressible Data

 

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Incompressible Data

 

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This will be the second most shocking portion of the review. The new Phison S8 firmware mimics some of the same behavior found on SandForce based drives. When incompressible data is used, the drive slows down quite a bit. The 4K at depth read performance takes a really big hit.

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