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Allyn Malventano
Storage Editor
Florence, KY

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Mixed Burst R/W Throughput, Load Times, and Latency Percentile

07/12/2016 - 01:35

In an attempt to better represent the true performance of hybrid (SLC+TLC) SSDs and to include some general trace-style testing, I’m trying out a new test methodology. First, all tested SSDs are sequentially filled to 100%. Then the first 8GB span...

Random Performance - Iometer (IOPS/latency), YAPT (random)

07/12/2016 - 01:32

We are trying something different here. Folks tend to not like to click through pages and pages of benchmarks, so I'm going to weed out those that show little to no delta across different units (PCMark). I'm also going to group results...

Sequential Performance - HDTach, HDTune, File Copy, YAPT (sequential)

07/12/2016 - 00:43

We have shifted over to combining our results into two groupings for consumer reviews. First up is sequential performance: HDTach:

Internals, UEFI/GPT, Testing Methodology and System Setup

07/12/2016 - 00:21

Internals: [inline:files/review/2016-07-12/DSC01485.jpg] Three pentalobe screws and we're in. Thanks to the 48-layer V-NAND, PCB size has not increased over the older 2TB model. [inline:files/review/2016-07-12/DSC01489.jpg] On the controller side, we...

Podcast #407 - RX 480 Power Concerns, X1 Yoga, Thrustmaster, Micron 9100 MAX, and more!

07/07/2016 - 14:20

PC Perspective Podcast #407 - 07/07/2016 Join us this week as we discuss RX 480 Power Concerns, X1 Yoga, Thrustmaster, Micron 9100 MAX, and more! You can subscribe to us through iTunes and you can still access it directly through the RSS page HERE. The...

The Micron 9100 MAX 2.4TB U.2 Enterprise SSD Review - P3700 Killer

07/06/2016 - 15:43

Introduction: It's been too long since we took a look at enterprise SSDs here at PC Perspective, so it's high time we get back to it! The delay has stemmed from some low-level re-engineering of our test suite to unlock some really cool QoS and...

Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

07/06/2016 - 11:04

Conclusion: Pros: Outstanding IOPS performance. Outstanding Latency / QoS performance. Very high density with 2.4TB (or even 3.2TB for PRO) in a 2.5" U.2 package. Cons: Care must be taken to properly cool the 2.5" U.2 form factor under heavy...

PACED Latency Performance - Latency+IO Percentile and QoS

07/06/2016 - 10:47

Required reading (some additional context for those unfamiliar with our Percentile testing):

Saturated IOPS Performance - 4KB, 8KB Random, 128K Sequential

07/06/2016 - 10:39

I'm carrying over the IOPS vs. % Read charts from my P3608 review. The former IOPS vs. Latency plots also used in that review has been superseded by the far superior Percentile method (on the next page). With sweeps of R/W in 10%...

Enterprise SSD Testing and Jargon

07/06/2016 - 10:35

While enterprise SSDs typically share controller and flash memory architecture with consumer products shipping from the same company, there are some important differences to take note of. Enterprise units are typically equipped with high grade / more...