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ADATA SU800 SSD Ultimate Review

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AIDA64 Disk Benchmark

Many enthusiasts are familiar with the Finalwire AIDA64 benchmark suite (formerly Lavalys EVEREST), but very few are aware of the Disk Benchmark tool available inside the program. The AIDA64 Disk Benchmark performs linear read and write bandwidth tests on each drive, and can be configured to use file chunk sizes up to 1MB (which speeds up testing and minimizes jitter in the waveform). Because of the full sector-by-sector nature of linear testing, Benchmark Reviews endorses this method for testing SSD products, as detailed in our Solid State Drive Benchmark Performance Testing article. However, Hard Disk Drive products suffer a lower average bandwidth as the capacity draws linear read/write speed down into the inner-portion of the disk platter. AIDA64 Disk Benchmark does not require a partition to be present for testing, so all of our benchmarks are completed prior to drive formatting.

Linear disk benchmarks are superior bandwidth speed tools in my opinion, because they scan from the first physical sector to the last. A side affect of many linear write-performance test tools is that the data is erased as it writes to every sector on the drive. Normally this isn’t an issue, but it has been shown that partition table alignment will occasionally play a role in overall SSD performance (HDDs don’t suffer this problem).

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512GB Ultimate SU800 SSD Read Results

The high-performance storage products tested with Lavalys AIDA64 Disk Benchmark are connected to the Intel P67-Express SATA 6Gb/s controller and use a 1MB block size option. Charted above, read performance on the 512GB Ultimate SU800 SSD measured average speeds of 522.8 MB/s. As evidenced by the wave form, the average read speed was virtually identical to this drives maximum peak speeds of 528.2 MB/s across nearly the full range of capacity. AIDA64 linear write-to tests were next…

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512GB Ultimate SU800 SSD Write Results

The waveform chart above illustrates how Ultimate SU800 managed file write-transfers, indicating linear write performance speeds that appear troubled. The 512GB Ultimate SU800 SSD recorded an average linear write-to speed of only 201.9 MB/s, but only after performing at around 490 MB/s for 1/3 of the test before plummeting to a mere 64 MB/s. Unfortunately, this test pattern repeated itself many times, even after refreshing the NAND with sanitary erase using the ADATA utility, so it could not be dismissed as an anomaly.

The reduced write-to performance really hurt SU800 in comparison to other SSDs. The chart below shows the average linear read and write bandwidth speeds for a cross-section of storage devices tested with AIDA64:

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Linear tests are an important tool for comparing bandwidth speed between storage products – although HDD products suffer performance degradation over the span of their areal storage capacity. Linear bandwidth certainly benefits the Solid State Drive, since there’s very little fluctuation in transfer speed. This is because Hard Disk Drive products decline in performance as the spindle reaches the inner-most sectors on the magnetic platter, away from the fast outer edge.

In the next section we use PCMark Vantage to test real-world performance…


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