Anvil Storage Utilities
Version and / or Patch Used: RC6
So, what is Anvil Storage Utilities? Anvil Storage Utilities is 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. Anvil has been updating the software steadily on several international forums, 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
Compressible and incompressible write performance is the same on the MX100, so you won't notice a slowdown when working with pictures, audio, and other highly compressed files.
Low Queue Depth Read IOPS
Most consumers only use the read queue depths in this chart (QD1 through QD4). SSDs are so fast that it's actually very difficult to read beyond QD4. The MX100 actually does better in these random read tests than both the M500 it replaces, and the flagship M550.
High Queue Depth Read IOPS
The high queue depth tests reveal the MX100 512GB is again performing a little better than the M550.
Low Queue Depth Write IOPS
It's easier to get into higher queue depths when writing data to the operating system drive, since many of the writes take longer due to dirty block latency.
High Queue Depth Write IOPS
We were surprised to find the MX100 performing so well here, since this is an area where value-class SSDs tend to lose some of their luster.
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