System Overview & Testing Procedures
Just like any 2.5-inch SATA solid state drive you just need to install it in your system and power it on. Once you have your drive installed and formatted you have 698 GB of usable space.
Opening up CrystalDiskInfo we can see all of the information about the drive. You can see the drive supports S.M.A.R.T., APM, NCQ, TRIM, and DevSleep.
For testing the drive we will be using the following benchmarking programs, we have provided links to each so you can run the benchmarks on your drive for comparison.
HDTune Pro (download)
ATTO Disk Benchmark (download)
CrystalDiskMark 64bit (download)
AS SSD Benchmark (download)
Anvil Storage Utility Professional (download)
PCMark 8 – Storage Benchmark (download)
AIDA64 Storage Benchmark (download)
We also made these optimization changes…
– No power saving options in the BIOS
– ACHI enabled in the BIOS
– Windows 10 User Account Control (UAC) is disabled
– Windows 10 power saving settings are disabled
So let’s get into testing!