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Apotop S3C 256GB Low-Cost SSD Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Oct 9, 2014 1:22 am
TweakTown Rating: 85%Manufacturer: Apotop

Mixed Read / Write Workloads


In this series of tests, we measure mixed workload performance. We start with 100% read, and then add data writes to the mix in 10% increments until we get to 100% writes. We believe this will be the next major area SSD manufacturers will address after performance consistency.


Mixed Workload Bandwidth




Many SSDs, both past and present, are fast when reading or writing data; doing both is a bit more difficult. Here we see sequential data in different read / write ratios. From what we've experienced so far, low-cost SSDs have a difficult time remaining competitive in these tests. A drive may show high sequential read speeds, but when a small amount of data writes are added to the mix, the low-cost SSDs fall rapidly.


80% Read / 20% Write Bandwidth




Here we see the performance in an 80/20 mix. The Apotop S3C is the lowest performing drive in this consumer mix.


Mixed Workload Response Time




We still have two drives left to test in this benchmark; the drives are currently in queue for our Notebook Battery Life test, so we won't have the results for them in time for this review. We have run more drives through the test since our last review though.


The Apotop S3C sits in the middle of the test results when it comes to overall mixed IO workload.

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