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Angelbird SSD wrk 512GB SSD Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Oct 6, 2014 1:03 pm
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TweakTown Rating: 85%Manufacturer: Angelbird

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 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 ten minutes.

2. Run performance test (one pass only).

3. Repeat steps one and two, eight times, and on each pass increase the duration of random writes by five 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 steps one and two, five times.

 

Recovery Phase:

1. Idle for five minutes.

2. Run performance test (one pass only).

3. Repeat one and two, five 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, which are light use, consumer steady state, and worst case.

 

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The consistency chart for consumer applications shows three ratings, each depending on the workload you plan to run on your SSD. The blue bar is heavy write loads over time, the orange is typical loads over time, and the red is after a long idle time. We try to focus on the orange bars in the consumer reviews, but if you plan to do workstation like activities, then the blue bar is something to keep in mind.

 

The Angelbird SSD wrk is competitive with other products using Silicon Motion controllers, and even SandForce controlled drives in this capacity size. Price wise, the SSD wrk still have to compete with the likes of Extreme II, MX100, and ADATA's SP920.

 

 

Storage Bandwidth All Tests

 

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Heavy load really hurts the Angelbird SSD wrk 512GB. The performance suffers quite a bit after heavy use. The fact that the Extreme II 480GB now costs less than the SSD wrk 512GB, yet is the second best performing drive under heavy load in this capacity, doesn't help the SSD wrk's cause.

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