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By Chris Ramseyer from Jan 5, 2014 @ 14:31 CST

Anvil Storage Utilities


Version and / or Patch Used: RC6


So what is Anvil Storage Utilities? First of all, it's 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 DQ16).


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 steadily updating the software on several international forums, and is adding new features every couple of months.


The software is used several different ways, and 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




Incompressible Data




The Marvell controller on the SanDisk A110 doesn't compress compressible data, so the performance is the same with both types of data.


Read IOPS through Queue Depth Scale




Low queue depth IOPS performance is on par with SATA drives, but the additional bandwidth will allow controller manufacturers to increase the channels from the controller to the flash. That will allow SSD manufacturers to reach the maximum performance available to PCIe 2.0 x2.


On the other end of the scale, current flash and controllers allow high queue depth performance to push past 100K, which is the ceiling for SATA III.


Scaling Write IOPS through Queue Scale




The SanDisk A110 peaks at 70K write IOPS, and that comes at QD8. Performance dips after that.

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