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, has been steadily updating the software on several international forums, 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 Samsung 840 EVO mSATA does not slow when working with incompressible data.
Read IOPS through Queue Depth Scale
In the 1TB model review, I stated my personal notebook has a 2.5" EVO installed in it right now. The reason why is the low queue depth performance that the EVO products have. The 120GB mSATA model can hit over 10,000 4K IOPS at QD1. It would be rare to actually use that much performance under normal use, but the user experience increases when you do.
Scaling Write IOPS through Queue Scale
The EVO mSATA 120GB also does well writing 4K data thanks to Turbo Write. Your day-to-day activities will run stutter free.