Crucial MX100 Affordable Solid State Drive Review
SANDRA and ATTO Disk Benchmark
Next we ran SiSoft SANDRA 2014, the the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. Here, we used the Physical Disk test suite and provide the results from our comparison SSDs. The benchmarks were run on unformatted drives and read and write performance metrics are detailed below.
The 512GB MX100 series drives finished right about in the middle of the pack according to SANDRA. The 256GB drive, however, trailed the other drives we tested due to its much lower write speed.
ATTO is another "quick and dirty" type of disk benchmark that measures transfer speeds across a specific volume length. It measures raw transfer rates for both reads and writes and graphs them out in an easily interpreted chart. We chose .5kb through 8192kb transfer sizes and a queue depth of 6 over a total max volume length of 256MB. ATTO's workloads are sequential in nature and measure raw bandwidth, rather than I/O response time, access latency, etc.
Both of the new Crucial MX100 series drives we tested put up relatively high scores in the ATTO read benchmark. The 512GB drive also did well in the write test, though the 256GB drive trailed once the transfer size exceeded 8K.