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Angelbird SSD wrk 512GB SSD Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Oct 6, 2014 1:03 pm
TweakTown Rating: 85%Manufacturer: Angelbird

Anvil Storage Utilities


Version and / or Patch Used: RC6


So what is Anvil Storage Utilities? 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. 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




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.



Low Queue Depth Read IOPS




The low queue depth random read performance measured from the SSD wrk 512GB is nearly identical to that of the Force LX, the only other SM2246EN controlled drive on the chart today. We recently acquired two SandForce based 480GB capacity drives to get a well-rounded representation of value based performance products.


The Kingston HyperX 3K 480GB shares roughly the same price point as the SSD wrk, but the Intel 530 480GB costs $50 less. Both of these low-cost drives outperform the SSD wrk in low queue depth random read performance.


High Queue Depth Read IOPS




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


Low Queue Depth Write IOPS




The SSD wrk 512GB does performs well with random write data. Here you can see a threefold increase in the QD1 write performance over the SandForce based drives. The SSD wrk scales really well when the commands are stacked.


High Queue Depth Write IOPS




It's easier to get to high write queue depths than it is high read queue depths with SSDs. The SSD wrk 512GB tops 70K IOPS in these tests.

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