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Micron M600 SSD Product Family Overview - SATA, mSATA and M.2

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Sep 29, 2014 3:03 pm

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 QD16.


Anvil Storage Utilities is not officially available yet, but we've been playing with the beta for several months now. The author, Anvil on several international forums, has been updating the software steadily 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




Incompressible Data




The performance with compressible data and incompressible data is the same so you don't have to worry about performance loss while editing audio, video or files that are already compressed. The screenshot above are from the 256GB model.


Micron M600 1TB



The M600 1TB is just as fast as the 256GB model even without the Dynamic Write Acceleration function.


Low Queue Depth Read IOPS




The 256GB and 1TB model still do very well in the test, both with over 8K IOPS at QD1. The drives scale really well too.


High Queue Depth Read IOPS




Most of us will never hit a high queue depth random read with an SSD. The drives are just too fast to have commands stacked this high under real-world conditions.


Low Queue Depth Write IOPS




The M600 drives reach very high IOPS performance numbers at QD4. The low queue depth numbers are very respectable as well, nearly the fastest on the chart today.


High Queue Depth Write IOPS




The high queue depth write performance peaked at QD4 in the last chart, but the M600 drives don't lose IOPS performance at high write queue depths.

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