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Intel 600p M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | m.2 SSDs in Storage | Posted: 4 days, 17 hours ago
TweakTown Rating: 70%Manufacturer: Intel

Iometer – Maximum IOPS

 

Version and / or Patch Used: Iometer 2014

 

We use Iometer to measure high queue depth performance. (No Partition)

 

Max IOPS Read

 

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Max IOPS Write

 

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The 512GB 600p can crank out higher write IOPS than the 256GB 950 Pro, but other than that lone "victory," there is nothing compelling to say about the 600p in terms of max IOPS output.

 

 

Iometer – Disk Response

 

Version and / or Patch Used: Iometer 2014

 

We use Iometer to measure disk response times. Disk response times are measured at an industry accepted standard of 4K QD1 for both write and read. Each test runs twice for 30 seconds consecutively, with a 5-second ramp-up before each test. We partition the drive/array as a secondary device for this testing.

 

Avg. Write Response

 

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Avg. Read Response

 

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Random read performance at QD1 is arguably the most important performance metric. This is where we find the 600p falling woefully short of the competition. The 600p is by far the cheapest NVMe SSD on the market, and rightfully so.

 

DiskBench – Transfer Rate

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2.6.2.0

 

We use DiskBench to time a 28.6GB block (9,882 files in 1,247 folders) composed primarily of incompressible sequential and random data as it's transferred from our Toshiba RD400 1TB NVME SSD to our test drive. We then read from a 6GB zip file that's part of our 28.6GB data block to determine the test drive's read transfer rate. Our system is restarted prior to the read test to clear any cached data, ensuring an accurate test result.

 

Write Transfer Rate

 

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Read Transfer Rate

 

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We recently upgraded our test system to Windows 10 build 14393. With that upgrade, write transfer rates almost doubled. The reason for this, as far as we know, is that CPU power switching modes have been relaxed on the latest version of Windows 10. We included the NVMe drives we've tested to date on this build of Windows 10. If you needed a good reason to upgrade to Windows 10 build 14393, this is a good reason.

 

At TweakTown, we have a litmus test for SATA SSDs. If a SATA SSD cannot deliver at least a 200 MB/s write transfer rate with this testing, it will not receive a TweakTown recommendation. Needless to say, if an NVMe SSD fails to do so, the same also applies.

 

The 128GB model manages to deliver the worst write transfer rate we've ever seen from any SSD.

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