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, 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. These AnandTech Storage Bench (ATSB) tests do not involve running the actual applications that generated the workloads, so the scores are relatively insensitive to changes in CPU performance and RAM from our new testbed, but the jump to a newer version of Windows and the newer storage drivers can have an impact.

We quantify performance on this test by reporting the drive's average data throughput, the average latency of the I/O operations, and the total energy used by the drive over the course of the test.

The Patriot Hellfire, in blue, is highlighted as an example of a last-generation Phison E7 drive. Although we didn't test it at the time, the MP500 was based on the same controller and memory.

ATSB - The Destroyer (Data Rate)

The Corsair Force MP510's average data rate on The Destroyer is only a few percent slower than the fastest TLC-based SSD we've tested, and is more than twice as fast as the previous generation Phison E7 drives.

ATSB - The Destroyer (Average Latency)ATSB - The Destroyer (99th Percentile Latency)

The average and 99th percentile latency scores from the MP510 are best in class, pulling slightly ahead of the other drives that use the same BiCS TLC NAND.

ATSB - The Destroyer (Average Read Latency)ATSB - The Destroyer (Average Write Latency)

The average read latency of the MP510 is a bit slower than the fastest NAND-based SSDs but still clearly falls within the top tier of drives. The average write latency is impressively low, showing that the drive has very effective write caching.

ATSB - The Destroyer (99th Percentile Read Latency)ATSB - The Destroyer (99th Percentile Write Latency)

The 99th percentile write latency score for the Corsair MP510 is the best we've seen, and the 99th percentile read latency also excellent but doesn't quite set a new record.

ATSB - The Destroyer (Power)

The Corsair Force MP510 uses a bit more energy over the course of The Destroyer than the most efficient flash-based SSDs (which use the same BiCS TLC NAND), but the MP510's efficiency is still significantly better than average for a high-end NVMe SSD.

The Corsair Force MP510 SSD (960GB) Review AnandTech Storage Bench - Heavy
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  • hugo.sousa - Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - link

    Hi Bill,
    Where did you bought those refurbished drives?
  • goatfajitas - Thursday, October 18, 2018 - link

    Yup, its easy enough to do it now on the cheap. A 1tb PCIe SSD for $235 (and a great performing one at that) for your data you access often and larger slower HDD's for less used data/backups etc.
  • wumpus - Thursday, October 18, 2018 - link

    HDDs are running $20/TB (Hitachi 3TB comes up cheapest on pcpartpicker), and even larger drives can be had cheap if you are willing to buy external drives on sale and "shuck" them.

    The real catch is that 90% of the people use about 100GB or so data, so sales of HDDs are pretty flat. So they stopped getting cheaper around 2011 and pretty much sat around waiting to be replaced by SDDs.

    Prices are finally lower than 2011, but I really have to wonder if Moore's law has enough juice to get SDDs down to the level they need to kill off HDDs (in case you are wondering, tape is still alive and kicking. And makes all sorts of sense for storing data >100TB. I wonder if HDDs will go the same way "just for datahoarders".)
  • stargazera5 - Thursday, October 18, 2018 - link

    @wumpus: "(in case you are wondering, tape is still alive and kicking. And makes all sorts of sense for storing data >100TB"

    Maybe tape looks good for >100TB, but there are a lot of us home power users who have 10-100 TB that could use a good WORM solution for backup. The cost of tape drives are quite high and drove TCO far too high to make good sense compared to buying additional HDDs a couple times a year, which isn't that cheap either and has far too low a frequency.

    I also looked into online backup (e.g. Blackblaze, Carbonite, etc.) until I realized it would take 6 months to send them my base-line backup via my internet pipe (10 Mbps up)

    No real good solutions here, but probably a pretty good market.
  • vanilla_gorilla - Thursday, October 18, 2018 - link

    Some of those services offer disk based import/export options:
  • Lolimaster - Thursday, October 18, 2018 - link

    Crucial MX500 go to as low as 0.165 per GB.
  • leexgx - Thursday, October 18, 2018 - link

    ""All capacities have a rated write endurance of around 0.9-1.0 drive writes per day and a five year warranty period, which are standard for high-end consumer SSDs""

    i thought 1.0 DWP was only for enterprise levels (most ssds have DWP of around 0.3)
  • Diji1 - Friday, October 19, 2018 - link

    >You know, its getting to price points soon that home servers would easily use SSD drives vs mechanical.

    Er ... is it?
  • Diji1 - Friday, October 19, 2018 - link

    Although there is no excuse for using spinning disks for the OS disk IMO.
  • PaoDeTech - Thursday, October 18, 2018 - link

    Please review Crucial P1 1TB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD. I'm willing to pay $20 premium over SATA but not more. If the P1 1TB goes on black Friday sale for $179.99 I'll pull the trigger (MX500 1TB SATA is currently $159.99).
    Does anybody know what's the BOM cost difference between SATA and PCIe?

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