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 IOPS came in at just over 8K IOPS. The SP610 scales well to QD4 in this chart compared to many of the other value-class SSDs. In all three of these tests, the SP610 reads a little slower than the MX100 256GB though.
High Queue Depth Read IOPS
Most of us will not hit high queue depths when reading data on any of the drives in the chart. The SP610 continues to scale well all the way up to QD32.
Low Queue Depth Write IOPS
In the low queue depth random writes, the SP610 still lags behind the MX100.
High Queue Depth Write IOPS
The brick wall comes around 70,000 4K random write IOPS at QD8. The SP610 does a little better at QD32, but most of us will never reach that high of a queue depth under normal workloads.
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