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
Performance doesn't change when moving from compressible to incompressible data. We used the 256GB Neutron for this test, but the effect is the same on both capacity sizes.
Read I/OPS through Queue Depth Scale
Most companies like to talk about their high I/OPS performance at high queue depths, but what most of us require on our PC is low queue depth I/OPS performance.
Both Neutron's on the chart show similar read I/OPS performance. Compared to other 256GB class SSDs, the high I/OPS performance is comparable, but Neutron is one of the slower QD1 and QD4 drives on the chart.
Scaling Write I/OPS through Queue Scale
As expected, the 256GB Neutron delivers higher peak write I/OPS. The NAND has more interleaving with the higher density flash.