AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer

The Destroyer has been an essential part of our SSD test suite for nearly two years now. It was crafted to provide a benchmark for very IO intensive workloads, which is where you most often notice the difference between drives. It's not necessarily the most relevant test to an average user, but for anyone with a heavier IO workload The Destroyer should do a good job at characterizing performance. For full details of this test, please refer to this article.

AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer (Data Rate)

In our The Destroyer trace, the SM951 NVMe is faster than the AHCI version despite having only half the NAND, but it still gets beaten by the SSD 750 (although the SSD 750 has more NAND as well). As I mentioned in the review, the SSD 750 has excellent small IO performance under intensive IO loads, resulting in much lower latency than what the SM951 offers, but since it performs more poorly with sequential IOs the average data rate is equivalent to the SM951 NVMe. What's surprising, though, is the fact that the SM951 AHCI that was pulled from the Lenovo laptop is in fact considerably faster than the stock SM951 we received straight from Samsung. I even ran the trace twice the ensure that it's not a benchmark anomaly, but maybe there is something wrong with my sample given that even the XP941 and several SATA 6Gbps drives outperform it.

AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer (Latency)

The SM951 NVMe also has a higher share of high latency IOs than the SSD 750, but that's quite typical to smaller capacity Samsung drives.

AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer (Latency)

AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer (Latency)

Performance Consistency AnandTech Storage Bench - Heavy
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  • CrazyElf - Thursday, June 25, 2015 - link

    @Kristian Vättö

    Does Windows 10 have better drivers for NVMe SSDs?

    It is looking like right now that the SSD 750 might turn out to be the equal of the X-25 SSD in someday popularizing NVMe SSDs.

    That being said, for the end consumer I'm not sure it matters as much over a SATA SSD. After all, the typical average user probably values the 4k @QD1/2 above all else, so perhaps these PCI-E SSDs will remain a niche product, unless the price reaches near parity with SATA SSDs, which won't happen for at least a few years.

    The big advantage these PCI-E SSDs have is mostly sequential and for write-intensive work.
  • dgingeri - Thursday, June 25, 2015 - link

    Windows 10 is still in development. They're still trying to improve things before the release day. I'm running the 10130 build, and it has many issues. I don't think it would be wise to do any benchmarks under the current Win10 build, and may not be good even under what gets released.
  • hans_ober - Thursday, June 25, 2015 - link

    Forget performance/benchmarks, even the UI is unstable. Window manager hangs, quits app. Many issues.
  • Flunk - Thursday, June 25, 2015 - link

    Try installing the production gpu drivers. The Beta ones that are automatically installed are quite crashy because they're still working on Direct X 12 support..
  • Gigaplex - Thursday, June 25, 2015 - link

    That doesn't apply in my case as I'm using a laptop with Intel graphics that aren't capable of DX12.
  • nathanddrews - Friday, June 26, 2015 - link

    Not sure which Intel graphics you have, but I was successful just installing the current 7/8.1 64bit drivers.
  • AlenChakarov - Thursday, June 25, 2015 - link

    Huh? Windows 10 has been rock-hard stable for me for quite a while now. Considering it's shipping a month from now, that's how it should be. Is your statement up-to-date?
  • Gigaplex - Thursday, June 25, 2015 - link

    I'm running the latest build, and I get a highly visible explorer crash every time I shut down or restart.
  • Notmyusualid - Sunday, June 28, 2015 - link


    It is full of holes.

    If there is one thing I've learned about software, if Microsoft say Beta, they really do mean it...
  • kmmatney - Thursday, June 25, 2015 - link

    Yeah - I'm running the insider preview, and I'm a bit surprised at how rough things still are. It's stable - it just that a lot of thing don't work smoothly - especially with the App store and Modern Apps. My statement is up to date.

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