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HP Z Turbo 512GB PCIe SSD Review - With RAID 0 Numbers

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Dec 13, 2014 12:15 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: HP

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. The author, 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 HP Z Turbo doesn't slow when working with incompressible data.


Low Queue Depth Read IOPS




High Queue Depth Read IOPS




Here we begin to see how the Z Turbo and RAID 0 array perform in comparison to other M.2 PCIe based drives and all-in-one RAID products. The Z Turbo and Z Turbo RAID 0 array are the only products tested in the HP Z820 workstation. This will have an impact on the performance results since the Z820 has several PCIe devices installed along with the PCIe-based storage drives we are testing today.


Low Queue Depth Write IOPS




High Queue Depth Write IOPS




With random data, you really need to ramp up the queue depth to get the most out of the Z Turbo RAID array. Most of us don't change our workload to get the most out of a SSD - it generally goes the other way. Users may reduce their workload if the storage can't handle the load while multitasking. The Z Turbo will allow users to increase the amount of work performed at the same time without the system slowing down as fast.

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