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Strontium HAWK Series 120GB SSD Review - Benchmarks - Anvil Storage Utilities

Strontium looks to lift your computing experience with the new low-cost HAWK Series. This is the first time we've published a SandForce based drive with Hynix 26nm flash. This is also our first public outing with FW 5.0.4. Many firsts today, this will be interesting.

| SSDs in Storage | Posted: Sep 19, 2012 5:09 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Strontium

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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As with all SandForce MLC drives incompressible data performance slows the drive down. The HAWK seems to take a larger than normal hit when reading incompressible data, but at the same time, it takes less of a hit when writing incompressible data.

 

 

QD32 Random Read

 

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SandForce's 5.0.3 and 5.0.4 have another small bug that we found while testing a large number of drives. Here we see the high queue depth random read performance at just over 35K IOPS. This is an issue that was reported to SandForce and they are looking into a fix for the next firmware. Hopefully we see this test shoot back up to 50K to 60K IOPS with FW 5.0.5.

 

 

QD32 Random Write

 

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The high queue depth random write performance is still over 90K, which is a very high result for a consumer product.

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