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Apacer Thunderbird PT910 256GB PCIe SSD Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | PCIe in Storage | Posted: Mar 18, 2015 1:06 pm
TweakTown Rating: 76%Manufacturer: Apacer

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 ten minutes.

2. Run performance test (one pass only).

3. Repeat 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 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 All Tests

 

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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When it comes to throughput, we've already determined that the Apacer Thunderbird PT910 doesn't muster the high performance of many of the other products on the market.

 

Prosumer / Heavy Workloads

 

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Under heavy workloads in daily use software, the same holds true. This is our first set of tests with real software, and as you can see, this product runs much lower than several others. The performance is even under the mid-tier 2.5" products.

 

Typical Consumer Workloads

 

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The SF-2241 controller wasn't used in a lot of aftermarket products, nowhere near as much as the eight-channel SF-2281. This controller did have some OEM success with some companies, but for the most part, it was a ghost.

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