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.
0-Fill Compressible Data
As with nearly all SSDs based on SandForce architecture the Zalman F1 loses performance when working with incompressible data.
Not that it matters much for 99% of the users of consumer SSDs, the 4K random read speed at a queue depth of 32 is much better on the older firmware. We recorded around 13K more IOPS in this test than we have with any of the 120GB FW 5.0.3 drives.
The older firmware is a little slower at QD32 randon write IOPS. This is a very small difference, less than 2K IOPS.