Kingston DC1000M SSD Review: Big, Fast NVMe Storage

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Kingston DC1000M: SANDRA, Compression Tests, And HDTune

Next we used SiSoft SANDRA, the the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant for some quick tests. Here, we used the Physical Disk test suite and provide the results from our comparison SSDs. The benchmarks were run on clean drives that lacked any partitions. Read and write performance metrics are detailed below.

Synthetic Disk Benchmarking

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The Kingston DC1000M offered the best write performance of the bunch, according to the SANDRA benchmark, with competitive read performance as well. Overall, the Kingston DC1000M's drive score puts it a notch ahead of both the Samsung and Intel drives.

AS SSD Compression Benchmark
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Next up we ran the Compression Benchmark built-into AS SSD, an SSD specific benchmark being developed by Alex Intelligent Software. This test is interesting because it uses a mix of compressible and non-compressible data and outputs both Read and Write throughput of the drive. We only graphed a small fraction of the data (1% compressible, 50% compressible, and 100% compressible), but the trend is representative of the benchmark’s complete results.

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The compressibility of the data being transferred across the drives we tested had little to no impact on performance. The Kingston DC1000M ends up outperforming the Intel SSD DC4510 in both reads and writes, but trails the Samsung drive with AS-SSD's workloads.

HD Tune v5.75 Pro
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EFD Software's HD Tune is described on the company's website as such: "HD Tune is a hard disk utility with many functions. It can be used to measure the drive's performance, scan for errors, check the health status (S.M.A.R.T.), securely erase all data and much more." The latest version of the benchmark added temperature statistics and improved support for SSDs, among a few other updates and fixes.

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The Kingston DC1000M completely fell down in the HD Tune benchmark. HD Tune's read test resulted in consistently low, somewhat erratic performance, though the overall results are repeatable. It fared much better in the write test, but still trailed overall.

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Above at the actual screenshots from one of our HD Tune runs on the Kingston DC1000M. Typically we see a much smoother transfer rate, with more consistent access times across a drive.

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