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Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB Solid State Drive Review (Page 12)

By Chris Ramseyer from Aug 28, 2012 @ 0:36 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Kingston

Anvil Storage Utilities

Version and / or Patch Used: BETA 11

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

The software can be 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.

Fill Compressible Data

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Incompressible Data

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Like all SandForce drives, the performance decreases when moving from compressible data to incompressible data. The HyperX 3K 120GB takes a dive as well, but the capacity size makes for a more dramatic dip.

4K 32QD Random Read

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4K 32QD Random Write

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I hate to say it, but we just found a new 'issue' with 5.0.3. This wasn't found before now because we were only looking at 240GB drives even though we had the FW unofficially from another source.

Both of our 120GB drives with 5.0.3 scored between 26K and 28K in QD32 read IOPS. Our FW 3.3.2 120GB drives score around 40K in this same read test (the green one). The good thing is this drop off takes place at a queue depth of 32, an area where most consumers never get their drive to.

The QD32 4K random write is very snappy with a 92K IOPS reading.

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