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).
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|
|Video Card||Intel® HD Graphics 4600|
|Power Supply||Corsair CMPSU-650TX|
|Operating System||Windows 8.1 X64|
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