Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup


These are lower cost enclosures and feature a snap together design:

Contrary to what you might think, lack of screws does not mean flimsy construction or lots of rattles. These are quite solid when assembled, and a bit difficult to get apart.

At the front we see the typical Silicon Motion reference PCB layout. The counts per package remain constant while capacity scales by simply increasing the number of packages installed on the PCB. This is great for producing a low cost device as Micron can just crank out large batches of the same exact 64GB flash part.

The rear of these sample PCBs is empty (but would be populated with additional flash and DRAM on the 1TB model).

Testing Methodology

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
  • PCPer File Copy Test
  • HDTach
  • HDTune
  • IOMeter
  • YAPT
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