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, e.g. 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 Extreme PRO writes compressible and incompressible data at the same rate, so you will not lose performance when working with pictures, compressed audio, or video files.
Read IOPS through Queue Depth
The official specifications sheet states 100k random read IOPS, but our test system is not capable of achieving the high mark with SATA drives, but as you can see, we get close with the Extreme PRO.
Anyhow, we are more concerned with low queue depth random IOPS performance. The Extreme PRO actually overtook the 840 EVO in our test by nearly 9,850 IOPS. The Extreme PRO scales well too, doubling IOPS performance as the queue depth doubles.
Write IOPS through Queue Depth
The random write IOPS performance scales quickly as we add queue depth.
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