|SilverStone Treasure TS07 USB 3.0 Enclosure|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Marc Fruchtman|
|Wednesday, 12 October 2011|
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Test Results: CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 is a file transfer and operational bandwidth benchmark tool from Crystal Dew World that offers performance transfer speed results using sequential, 512KB random, and 4KB random samples. For our test results chart below, the 4KB 32-Queue Depth read and write performance was measured using a 1000MB space. CrystalDiskMark requires that an active partition be set on the drive being tested, and the S511 drive is formatted with NTFS. Benchmark Reviews uses CrystalDiskMark to illustrate operational IOPS performance with multiple threads. In addition to our other tests, this benchmark allows us to determine operational bandwidth under heavy load. Let's look at the CrystalDiskMark Scores:
This is the Highpoint RocketRAID 2720 with the ADATA S511. It is interesting to note that all scores above except the Seq Read actually matches closely or exceeds the scores of the same model drive using an Asus P8P67 here. This makes me feel a lot better about the RocketRaid 2720. However, I would be cautious in drawing any specific conclusions as they are not the same test bed. Nevertheless, we now have a very good idea of the upper limit of transfer speeds for the ADATA S511.
This is the ADATA S511 in the TS07 Enclosure using USB 3.0. This gives us a good idea of the upper limit of performance for the SilverStone enclosure.
This shows the ADATA N004 Nobility using the onboard USB 3.0 of the EVGA SR-2. Read performance is close to the ADATA S511 which suggests that the limit of either the bridge chip or the USB 3.0 interface itself is close to being reached. If I had access to another device that used something besides an asmedia based bridge chip, as well as a separate PCI-E USB 3.0 port, I think this could be solved.
This is the ADATA N004 Nobility using the SilverStone USB 3.0 Enclosure. If we recall, the N004 has an older asmedia chip, which allows the SSD's SATA II to bridge to the USB 3.0 port, where as the Silverstone has a newer version. So, we can test the N004 using its SATA II interface bridged to USB 3.0 in the SilverStone, and compare it to the N004 bridged internally to USB 3.0 using the older chip design. Performance of the N004 with the SATA II to USB 3.0 via the SilverStone TS07 is very slightly better than the N004's built-in USB 3.0, again suggesting that the older asmedia chip in the N004 slightly lags in performance compared to the newer chip in the SilverStone.