System Overview & Testing Procedures
To get started install the Hellfire in an open M.2 slot in your motherboard. Be sure that it is a PCI-Express 3.0 x4 slot to get the best performance. For those wondering you do not need a NVMe driver to get the drive to work or be recognized on Windows 10 and 8.1. For some reason though the drive was not recognized by CrystalDiskInfo.
Luckily HDTune did recognize the drive and we were able to see the information about it. You can see the drive supports S.M.A.R.T., APM, NCQ, and TRIM.
When you format the drive you have 447 GB of usable space.
Patriot does have SSD Toolbox software available on their website. It allows you to see a summary of the drive, see M.M.A.R.T. information, do a secure erase, and update the firmware.
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!