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SanDisk Extreme PRO 960GB SSD Review - SATA III to the Extreme

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jun 19, 2014 4:37 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: SanDisk

Futuremark PCMark 8 Extended - Consistency Test

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2.0.228

 

Heavy Usage Model:

 

FutureMark's PCMark 8 allows us to wear the test drive down to a reasonable consumer steady state and then watch the drive recover on its own through garbage collection. To do that, the drive gets pushed down to steady state with random writes, and then idle time between a number of tests allows the drive to recover.

 

Precondition Phase:

1. Write to the drive sequentially through up to the reported capacity with random data.

2. Write the drive through a second time (to take care of overprovisioning).

 

Degradation Phase:

1. Run writes of random size between 8*512 and 2048*512 bytes on random offsets for 10 minutes.

2. Run performance test (one pass only).

3. Repeat 1 and 2 for 8 times, and on each pass increase the duration of random writes by 5 minutes.

 

Steady state Phase:

1. Run writes of random size between 8*512 and 2048*512 bytes on random offsets for 50 minutes.

2. Run performance test (one pass only).

3. Repeat 1 and 2 for 5 times.

 

Recovery Phase:

1. Idle for 5 minutes.

2. Run performance test (one pass only).

3. Repeat 1 and 2 for 5 times.

 

Storage Bandwidth

 

PCMark 8's Consistency test provides a ton of data output that we use to judge a drive's performance.

 

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The SanDisk Extreme PRO is the first large capacity, high-performance SSD to focus on consistent performance. The result is a drive that doesn't lose a lot of performance, even after strenuous activity from high data writes.

 

Storage Bandwidth - All Tests

 

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Here we see all of the test groups together on the same chart. The Extreme PRO 960GB loses some performance when worn down to consumer steady state, but the drop off isn't as extreme as the other drives on the chart. The Extreme PRO 960GB just rips though the tests, one after the other, as if nothing ever happened. This means your Extreme PRO SSD will perform very well even after installing several games back to back or after writing large amounts of data like video or audio files.

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