Testing Procedures & Software
With the drive installed and formatted we have 931 GB of usable space.
Opening up CrystalDiskMark we can see that the drive is using NVMe Express 1.3.
Kingston does offer SSD Manager software that allows you to see the drive status / health, update the firmware, enable and disable security features and see an even log.
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)
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!