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.
We can use Anvil 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 performance with compressible data and incompressible data is the same, so you don't have to worry about performance loss while editing audio and video files.
Low Queue Depth Read IOPS
The QD1 random read with 4K data is faster with the Radeon R7 240GB than it is on the Vector 150 240GB. We haven't updated the firmware on our Vertex 460 or Vector 150 products since the release, but we suspect the latest firmware would increase the performance slightly.
Still, the AMD Radeon R7 is faster at this time than the other OCZ products, but still lags behind newer SSDs that deliver over 10K random read IOPS at QD1.
High Queue Depth Read IOPS
It's difficult to reach high random read queue depths with consumer SSDs in typical consumer workloads. The drives are too fast for the commands to stack up. The Radeon R7 still manages to reach over 95K random IOPS at QD32 in our test.
Low Queue Depth Write IOPS
OCZ's Barefoot 3 architecture delivers the best QD1 random writes. The random writes are so good OCZ even publicly lists the steady state random write specifications. The AMD Radeon R7 240GB delivered the highest QD1 4K random write performance of any other drive on the chart.
High Queue Depth Write IOPS
Looking at the high queue depths, the Radeon R7 hit peak IOPS at QD16 with just over 90K IOPS in our test.