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Intel 530 Series 480GB SSD Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Oct 28, 2014 4:53 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Intel

Anvil Storage Utilities


Version and / or Patch Used: RC6


So what is Anvil Storage Utilities? Well, 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 Intel 530 Series writes incompressible data at a lower rate than compressible data. These two images show the performance loss when moving between each type of data.


Low Queue Depth Read IOPS




The Intel 530 Series is one of the few drives capable of achieving over 10K IOPS of random 4K data reads. The drive scales really well as the queue depth increases.


High Queue Depth Read IOPS




Up top, the 530 Series nearly gets to 60K IOPS at QD32. This is shy of Intel's 'up to' performance, but it's expected on the 480GB capacity drives.


Low Queue Depth Write IOPS




The low queue depth random write speeds are significantly lower than the other drives on the chart, including the Kingston HyperX 3K 480GB with the same SF-2281 controller at QD1. The performance is common on 480GB SF-2281 controlled drives, and is not something we see on the 240GB models.



High Queue Depth Write IOPS




The 530 Series 480GB tops out at 44K random write IOPS in our test at QD32.

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