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Samsung 840 500GB SSD Review - Benchmarks - Anvil Storage Utilities

A number of next-generation SSDs are coming to TweakTown this week. OCZ, Intel and Samsung and others will follow after CES. Today Chris tests Samsung's low-cost 840 with TLC flash in the 500GB capacity size. Does TLC show the love or is this low-cost offering another low-budget blunder?

| SSDs in Storage | Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:02 am
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: Samsung

Anvil Storage Utilities

 

Version and / or Patch Used: RC5

 

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 is 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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Samsung's 840 doesn't slow when working with incompressible data.

 

QD32 Random Read

 

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We recorded 98K random read IOPS at 4K QD32.

 

QD32 Random Write

 

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The random write IOPS at 4K QD32 was 63K. This matches Samsung's new performance quote on its website.

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