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 QD16.
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 can be used several different ways 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 Crucial M550 works with both compressible and incompressible data the same way, so performance stays the same regardless of data type.
Read IOPS through Queue Depth Scale
Low queue depth 4k read performance is very close to other leading drives in this capacity size. The M550 512GB achieves just over 8300 IOPS. At QD2, the IOPS performance nearly doubles and then nearly doubles again at QD4. At QD32, the M550 512GB delivers nearly 100k IOPS in this read test.
Scaling Write IOPS through Queue Scale
All four M550 capacity sizes impress us with the 4k write performance, especially at low queue depths. The 512GB model rips through the QD1 test with 36k IOPS, and at QD2, that goes to 70k. By QD4, the drive has nearly reached its peak write IOPS performance.
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