Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup


Being mSATA, these are already mostly 'open', but there is still some disassembly that can be done. First we'll take a look at the rear of the SSD:

Here we see the Marvell controller and a pair of Toshiba flash packages.

Flipping the SSD over and peeking under the label, we see another pair of flash packages, some power handling circuitry, and a bit of DDR for use by the Marvell controller on the flip side.

Testing Methodology

**NOTE**: We used an mSATA interposer PCB to connect this SSD to our usual desktop testbed. This ensures the bottleneck remains the SSD under test.

Our tests are a mix of synthetic and real-world benchmarks. PCMark, IOMeter, HDTach, HDTune, Yapt and our custom File Copy test round out the selection to cover just about all bases. If you have any questions about our tests just drop into the Storage Forum and we'll help you out! 

Test System Setup

We currently employ a pair of testbeds. A newer ASUS P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt and an ASUS Z87-PRO. Variance between both boards has been deemed negligible.

PC Perspective would like to thank ASUS, Corsair, and Kingston for supplying some of the components of our test rigs. 

Hard Drive Test System Setup
CPU Intel Core i7-4770K
Motherboard ASUS P8Z77-V Pro/TB / ASUS Z87-PRO
Memory Kingston HyperX 4GB DDR3-2133 CL9
Hard Drive G.Skill 32GB SLC SSD
Sound Card N/A
Video Card Intel® HD Graphics 4600
Video Drivers Intel
Power Supply Corsair CMPSU-650TX
DirectX Version DX9.0c
Operating System Windows 8.1 X64
  • PCMark05
  • Yapt
  • IOMeter
  • HDTach
  • HDTune
  • PCPer File Copy Test
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