Anvil Storage Utilities
Version and / or Patch Used: RC6
So, what is Anvil Storage Utilities? Anvil Storage Utilities is 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, has been updating the software steadily on several international forums, 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 S8 controller deals with compressible and incompressible data a little differently; at least the performance is different when working with the data types. Unlike SandForce controllers that only lose write performance with incompressible data, the Torch loses both read and write performance when dealing with incompressible data.
Low Queue Depth Read IOPS
We've started testing both SandForce and Phison controlled products with a 64% / 36% mix of incompressible and compressible data for these tests. The Torch 240GB delivers 7217 IOPS at QD1 reading 4K data. The performance scales well to QD4 on this chart.
High Queue Depth Read IOPS
Most users will never get to the high queue depths shown in this chart, but we still like to publish the data since companies use the QD32 for marketing data.
Low Queue Depth Write IOPS
In relation to other products on the market, the Torch fairs a bit better at low queue depth random writes.
High Queue Depth Write IOPS
High queue depth writes show the brick wall at 63K random IOPS, and everything after QD8 starts to drop back.
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