Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup
First a look at the front and rear:
Now let's crack this one open to find…
Well, there's not much in there, eh?
As it turns out, there were packages on both sides of this PCB, and Intel always spares no expense when it comes to keeping things cool. Removing the thermal pads is unnecessary here as we already know the contents: 4 flash packages, each containing 4 256Gbit (32GB) dies of 64-layer 3D NAND. The controller is a Silicon Motion 2259 ( a variant of the 2256, likely with Intel-specific firmware).
Our tests are a mix of synthetic and real-world benchmarks. IOMeter, HDTach, HDTune, Yapt and our custom File Copy test round out the selection to cover just about all bases. We have developed a custom test suite as off-the-shelf tests just no longer cut it for in-depth storage testing. More details on the next page. If you have any questions about our tests just drop into the Storage Forum and we'll help you out!
Test System Setup
We have several storage testbeds. A newer ASUS P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt and a Gigabyte Z170X SOC Force (for RAID testing). Future PCIe and SATA device testing, including this review, take place on a new ASUS Sabertooth X99, which comes equipped with USB 3.1, M.2, and can also handle SFF-8639 devices with the proper adapter.
PC Perspective would like to thank Intel, ASUS, Gigabyte, Corsair, Kingston, and EVGA for supplying some of the components of our test rigs.
|Hard Drive Test System Setup|
|CPU||Intel Core i7 5820K @ 4.125 GHz|
|Motherboard||ASUS Sabertooth X99|
|Memory||16GB Micron DDR4 @ 3333|
|Hard Drive||G.Skill 32GB SLC SSD|
|Video Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 750|
|Video Drivers||GeForce Game Ready Driver 347.88|
|Power Supply||Corsair CMPSU-650TX|
|Operating System||Windows 8.1 Pro X64 (update)|PCPer File Copy Test HDTach HDTune IOMeter YAPT
- NEW TEST SUITE!!!