Alex Schepeljanski of Alex Intelligent Software develops the free AS SSD Benchmark utility for testing storage devices. The AS SSD Benchmark tests sequential read and write speeds, input/output operational performance, and response times.
AS-SSD Benchmark uses compressed data, so sequential file transfer speeds are reported lower than with other tools using uncompressed data. For this reason, we will concentrate on the operational IOPS performance in this section.
Beginning with sequential transfer performance, the 512GB Crucial M550 solid state drive produced speeds up to 507.18 MB/s for reads and 475.12 MB/s writes. Single-threaded 4K IOPS performance tests delivered 27.26 MB/s reads and 64.89 MB/s writes, while the 64-thread 4K read test recorded 385.63 MB/s with write performance at 325.51 MB/s.
AS-SSD 64-thread 4KB IOPS performance results are displayed in the chart below, which compares several enthusiast-level storage products currently on the market. In the 64-thread 4KB IOPS performance tests, the 512GB Crucial M550 solid state drive easily surpassed the competition, while offering far improved sustained performance over previous Crucial SSDs.
The chart below is sorted by total combined performance, which helps illustrate which products offer the best operational input/output under load:
In the next section, Benchmark Reviews tests transfer rates using ATTO Disk Benchmark.