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ADATA Premier SP610 256GB SSD Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Sep 16, 2014 9:35 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: ADATA

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. Here we see the three states of performance for the select SSDs, light use, consumer steady state and worst case.

 

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Another test that separates the value drives from the enthusiast class products, PCM8 Consistency Test. Most of us should look at the orange set of bars for daily use activities. The SP610 does a bit better than the MX100 in this area, but let's look at all the results and see where these two stand.

 

Storage Bandwidth All Tests

 

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Here we see all of the tests, from a worn down state, all the way to consumer steady states. The MX100 is a mixed bag, going from one of the lowest results to just a bit faster than the SP610. The SP610, on the other hand, stays in the pack of value-based drive performance.

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