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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  • ATC9001 - Friday, October 19, 2018 - link

    Not bad...competition is good to drive prices down, but if I were in the market for an nvme drive I'd take the HP EX920 1TB for 199!
  • euler007 - Friday, October 19, 2018 - link

    I'm really liking these prices. If RAM comes down in price a new PC is in my future.
  • enzotiger - Friday, October 19, 2018 - link

    Please check your numbers. Random read IOPS of 610K is not only by far the highest IOPS among M.2, it actually beats Optane 905P. Highly suspicious.
  • Billy Tallis - Monday, October 22, 2018 - link

    The 610k IOPS for random reads is the advertised specifications from Corsair, not my own measurements. I don't test consumer drives at queue depths high enough to determine whether it can actually hit 610k IOPS, because that doesn't come close to representing any real consumer workload.
  • Hxx - Friday, October 19, 2018 - link

    those prices are wrong right? I see the 480 gb model for 240+ at amazon unless amazon is price gouging.
  • eek2121 - Saturday, October 20, 2018 - link

    All the big retailers have algorithms to automatically shift pricing based on supply vs demand. Anandtech lists the MSRPs, but if everyone rushes out to buy the drive at once, Amazon, Newegg, etc. want to make as much money as possible while still balancing supply vs demand, so the price automatically shifts up. I'm surprised people haven't figured this out yet. That's why you wait for demand to drop before buying a product.
  • ballsystemlord - Sunday, October 21, 2018 - link

    Tallis, where are the 4k sequential read and write tests? I have a use case for them!
  • Billy Tallis - Monday, October 22, 2018 - link

    I doubt it. Whatever OS and filesystem you are using is likely to have a prefetch mechanism that make your small block sequential reads into mostly large block reads, and write caching that will batch up small block sequential writes. If you're trying to bypass the write cache for small block writes, then you probably need to be shopping for an enterprise SSD.
  • ballsystemlord - Monday, October 22, 2018 - link

    Ok. Thanks!
  • Violet Giraffe - Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - link

    I'm keen to think a lot of real-life use cases are bound on small block reading speed. E. g. databases.

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