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SanDisk A110 256GB PCIe M.2 NGFF SSD Review - Benchmarks - Anvil Storage Utilities

SanDisk A110 256GB PCIe M.2 NGFF SSD Review
Today we take a full look at SanDisk's new A110 256GB PCI Express M.2 2260 solid state drive. Get a look at tomorrow's storage performance today. (NASDAQ:SNDK)
| m.2 SSDs in Storage | Posted: Aug 28, 2013 1:11 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: SanDisk

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

 

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Incompressible Data

 

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There isn't a lot of variation between compressible and incompressible data. We actually scored better results with Anvil's 46% mixed mode test, just over 5K total.

 

 

Read IOPS through Queue Depth Scale

 

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The low queue depth 4K IOPS performance is very good, but a little less than what Samsung manages to hit with 840 Pro and 840 EVO. At QD32, the A110 walks away from everything else, more than 104K in this test. SanDisk claims 115K IOPS in this test and we verified their claim with IOMeter when we took the image with the thermal imaging camera.

 

 

Scaling Write IOPS through Queue Scale

 

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SanDisk claims 4K random writes at 73,000, but we managed to achieve 81,322 at QD32 - a nice increase over the spec sheet. The low QD 4K writes are in line with the fastest 2.5" SATA III drives.

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