Anvil Storage Utilities
Version and / or Patch Used: RC6
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.
0-Fill Compressible Data
The SandForce architecture means you're giving up some performance when working with incompressible data. Here we see the performance drop off from compressible to incompressible. The overall score for the compressible data seems a bit low, but we did just go through a phase of enthusiast leading 840 Pro and Vector drives. Most of the loss comes from write performance, but the reads dip down a bit as well.
Read IOPS through Queue Depth Scale
I'm still scratching my head over this one. The read IOPS no matter the queue depth are well below what we expect with any LSI controlled drive. The read IOPS are so off base we don't even think it's playing on the same field.
Scaling Write IOPS through Queue Scale
The write IOPS performance is still where we expected it to be for a SF-2281 drive.