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Plextor M6S 256GB SSD Review (Page 5)

Chris Ramseyer | Apr 9, 2014 at 11:01 pm CDT - 1 min, 35 secs time to read this page
Rating: 86%Manufacturer: Plextor

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.

The software can be used 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

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The Plextor M6S works with both compressible and incompressible data the same way, so performance stays the same regardless of data type.

Read IOPS through Queue Depth Scale

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The low queue depth IOPS performance is very good. At QD1, we achieved just under 9400 IOPS. The M6S scales well, going from just over 17k IOPS at QD2 to tipping the scales at nearly 95k IOPS at QD32.

Scaling Write IOPS through Queue Scale

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The M6S 4k write IOPS performance is faster than the M5P Xtreme but below some of the newer drives on the chart. We're actually quite surprised to see this level of performance from the Marvell 88SS9188 controller given its 4-channel design. At the high-end of the scale, the M6S nearly hits 84k IOPS.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Chris Ramseyer

Chris Ramseyer started his career as a LAN Party organizer in Midwest USA. After working with several computer companies he was asked to join the team at The Adrenaline Vault by fellow Midwest LAN Party legend Sean Aikins. After a series of shake ups at AVault, Chris eventually took over as Editor-in-Chief before leaving to start Real World Entertainment. Look for Chris to bring his unique methods of testing Hard Disk Drives, Solid State Drives as well as RAID controller and NAS boxes to TweakTown as he looks to provide an accurate test bed to make your purchasing decisions easier.

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