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PNY Optima 240GB SSD Review - A Low Cost SSD for the Mainstream at $90

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Apr 29, 2014 5:01 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: PNY

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




Incompressible Data




Compressible and incompressible write performance is the same on the Optima.



Read IOPS through Queue Depth Scale




Another area where the PNY Optima does well is low queue depth IOPS performance. A number of good SSDs deliver 6,000 read IOPS at queue depth 1, but the Optima does 8,000. Most of us rarely hit QD32, where most manufactures advertise IOPS performance at.


Scaling Write IOPS through Queue Scale




The 4K write performance at QD1 is nearly 34,000 and the drive scales to nearly 60,000 at QD2. By QD4 the drive is running at nearly full speed and finally tops out at 73,000 at QD32.

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