Drive Information & Testing Procedures
Getting the drive installed is very easy, just install it in any open M.2 slot. Now if you are on an older motherboard, but sure that it is a 32GB/s or PCIe 3.0 x4 slot. Once you go ahead and format the drive you have 894 GB of usable space.
Opening up CrystalDiskMark we can see the drive supports S.M.A.R.T and is using NVMe 1.2.
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.
Sisoftware Sandra Physical Disks Benchmark (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!