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
Most data reads back from an SSD occur at low queue depths. SSDs are so fast that the commands can't stack up fast enough unless you are multitasking. Even then, the file system and software was written for hard drives that can barely muster more than 150 IOPS.
The Force Series LX is a value based drive, but its 7,900 QD1 read IOPS performance is high for the price. The main competition at this price point is the Crucial MX100 that is just under the Force LX on the chart. The MX100 is a bit faster in the low queue depth read test.
High Queue Depth Read IOPS
At high queue depths, the MX100 is a bit faster as well, but most of us consumers will rarely get our SSDs into this range.
Low Queue Depth Write IOPS
The Force LX 512GB scales well at low write queue depths.
High Queue Depth Write IOPS
The drive hits a brick wall at 72K IOPS. This is just a little higher than the QD4 result on the previous chart.
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