AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer

The Destroyer is an extremely long test replicating the access patterns of very IO-intensive desktop usage. A detailed breakdown can be found in this article. Like real-world usage and unlike our Iometer tests, the drives do get the occasional break that allows for some background garbage collection and flushing caches, but those idle times are limited to 25ms so that it doesn't take all week to run the test.

We quantify performance on this test by reporting the drive's average data throughput, a few data points about its latency, and the total energy used by the drive over the course of the test.

AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer (Data Rate)

The OCZ RD400 can't keep pace with the Samsung 950 Pro on The Destroyer, but otherwise it beats or ties the other PCIe drives and is substantially faster than any SATA drive.

AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer (Latency)

All three RD400 capacities deliver an average service time that falls between the scores of the two 950 Pro capacities. Even the 256GB RD400 almost halves the latency of the best SATA drives.

AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer (Latency)AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer (Latency)

The NVMe drives top the charts for having an extremely low number of severe latency outliers in excess of 100ms, but the 512GB 950 Pro is still clearly the best performer. The NVMe drives are not all clear winners when looking at the number of latency outliers in excess of 10ms: the 256GB RD400 falls behind the Vector 180 and the 256GB 950 Pro is even further behind.

AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer (Power)

High performance usually carries some cost of high power consumption. The PCIe drives complete The Destroyer far quicker than any of the SATA drives but use more energy overall, and the RD400 falls in between the two capacities of the Samsung 950 Pro.

Performance Consistency AnandTech Storage Bench - Heavy


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  • Samus - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - link

    I'm sure a multi billion dollar conglomerate decided to convert the 12v PCIe rail over drawing from the weak 3.3v rail for a reason. Probably something as simple as firmware flashing compatibility. Flashing firmware causes enormous voltage spikes that would easily surpass 10 watts @ 3.3v Reply
  • jjj - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - link

    It's a bit weird to state that the Samsung is the fastest when it loses in write and mixed workloads.
    Your own benchmark is read heavy but maybe not all readers care most about read perf.
  • LostWander - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - link

    Read seems to be the most common trait people look for, so if they had to pick one I would agree on that. Kinda odd to give it the title though with no single drive leading in more than a couple benchmarks, it's only "the fastest" in relatively specific categories Reply
  • Billy Tallis - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - link

    The Samsung 950 Pro is clearly faster on the ATSB Heavy test which writes more than twice as much data as it reads. If you have a workload that is so much more write heavy that the RD400 comes out ahead, then it's quite atypical and you shouldn't expect our general-audience recommendations to apply. Reply
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - link

    If you're mostly writing data that never gets read back again, you're one of the use cases that really still does work well with much cheaper spinning rust. Reply
  • jjj - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - link

    And yet you have more read IOs. Would be interesting to see what you get if you remove at least games and web from that test.
    Another factor to consider is when you need the perf and when you don't.
    I wouldn't buy a drive like this for web browsing or watching video.Would prefer the drive not to choke when you really put pressure on it.
    Write is also trailing far behind in data rates and that's not great, do you really like such an unbalanced drive? When your verdict is all about read perf ,maybe a more granular verdict is better. If you would do the math in % for read, write and mixed who wins?
    Maybe i am being lazy but can't seem to find any info on multitasking and the system used. Do any of the tests run multiple things at once and are you using an 8 cores? With Zen arriving soon 8 cores/16 threads should become much more popular as the die should be pretty small -y guess somewhere between 99 and 131mm2.
    The Samsung feels like a mobile SoC that throttles.Does great when you don't really need the perf but lets you down when you need it. That being said, looking forward to Samsung's new drives (961), on paper those are much better.
  • Impulses - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - link

    Have you actually used an SM951 or 950 Pro? I've been running one for a while and I don't find the SoC comparison very accurate, mine has a decent amount of airflow going over it (tho it's still near a hot GPU)...

    AT's own tests proved throttling, when it does happen, wasn't a big deal.

    I guess if you're constantly dumping GBs upon GBs of data on one from an equally fast source then yeah, it's gonna be throttle city, but that's not the usage case I see for them.

    At least given the current capacity/costs...
  • jjj - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - link

    You misunderstood, the comparison wasn't about the cause but the effect. Here the weakness is write and mixed workloads but the effect is similar, it lets you down when you need it most. Reply
  • stux - Thursday, May 26, 2016 - link

    I use one of the Sm951s in an AngelBird PCI adapter. Takes care of the throttling issue, it never goes above 41C.

    And it's fantastic :)
  • theduckofdeath - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - link

    For a consumer PC read performance is nearly infinitely more relevant than random write performance. That's probably why. :) Reply

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