AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer

The Destroyer is an extremely long test replicating the access patterns of very IO-intensive desktop usage. A detailed breakdown can be found in this article. Like real-world usage, the drives do get the occasional break that allows for some background garbage collection and flushing caches, but those idle times are limited to 25ms so that it doesn't take all week to run the test. These AnandTech Storage Bench (ATSB) tests do not involve running the actual applications that generated the workloads, so the scores are relatively insensitive to changes in CPU performance and RAM from our new testbed, but the jump to a newer version of Windows and the newer storage drivers can have an impact.

We quantify performance on this test by reporting the drive's average data throughput, the average latency of the I/O operations, and the total energy used by the drive over the course of the test.

ATSB - The Destroyer (Data Rate)
Orange is for the new drives, Blue is for the previous generation models

The new 3D NAND gives a minimal improvement in average data rate on The Destroyer for Western Digital's SSDs. SanDisk's 3D NAND is faster than Micron's first-generation 32L 3D TLC NAND as used in the Crucial MX300, but not quite as fast as the second-generation 64L 3D TLC in the Intel 545s. The Samsung 850 EVO remains the fastest SATA SSD with TLC on this test.

ATSB - The Destroyer (Average Latency)ATSB - The Destroyer (99th Percentile Latency)

The new WD Blue and SanDisk Ultra 3D show substantial improvements in both average and 99th percentile latency, putting them on par with the Samsung 850 PRO and ahead of any other SATA TLC SSD.

ATSB - The Destroyer (Average Read Latency)ATSB - The Destroyer (Average Write Latency)

The average read and write latency on The Destroyer have both improved with SanDisk's 3D TLC compared to the planar 15nm TLC, with the more significant improvement being to write latency, where the new Western Digital SSDs are at the top of the chart.

ATSB - The Destroyer (99th Percentile Read Latency)ATSB - The Destroyer (99th Percentile Write Latency)

The 99th percentile latencies don't show quite as much improvement as the averages above, but there is still a clear improvement for both reads and writes that put the new WD and SanDisk drives ahead of anything else that uses TLC.

ATSB - The Destroyer (Power)

Energy efficiency is much improved with SanDisk's 3D TLC compared to their 15nm planar TLC. The Crucial MX300 uses a bit less energy despite being slower on The Destroyer, and the Intel 545s with its Silicon Motion controller still comes out on top. While Samsung's older 850 PRO and 850 EVO are still quite good in terms of performance, their energy usage now stands out as higher than the modern competition.

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  • MajGenRelativity - Thursday, September 14, 2017 - link

    Looks like a good drive to keep in mind. Congratulations to WD and SanDisk on making a product worthy of challenging the 850 Evo. Good to see the rest of the market FINALLY catching up!
  • nathanddrews - Thursday, September 14, 2017 - link

    Knowing that SATA is just about completely tapped at this point, it would just be nice if we could get these drives down to the $0.10/GB range.
  • MajGenRelativity - Thursday, September 14, 2017 - link

    Unfortunately, that won't happen while we're in the middle of a NAND shortage/price fixing epidemic
  • DanNeely - Thursday, September 14, 2017 - link

    Agreed. I'm hoping that by next year the large scale switch over from planar to 3d nand will be complete and the supply situation will be less squeezed.
  • MajGenRelativity - Thursday, September 14, 2017 - link

    Yep. I hope DRAM prices go down too
  • DanNeely - Thursday, September 14, 2017 - link

    Same, although a shortage caused by rising demand is at least a good problem to have after years of the consumer PCs decline dragging the industry down.
  • MajGenRelativity - Thursday, September 14, 2017 - link

    That's true, assuming the "shortage" is caused by rising demand. I have no proof either way, so you quite well could be right.
  • melgross - Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - link

    Much of it is coming from increasing smartphone and tablet storage. For example, Apple now has either 64GB or 256GB for their phones, and up to 512GB for the Pro tablets. Those are pretty large numbers, and along with some Android models, are sucking a lot of NAND and RAM out of the market.
  • smilingcrow - Thursday, September 14, 2017 - link

    The demand is coming from other areas not PCs and that's only half of it.
    The other is that they have kept supply low so not to get into the same over supply issue that they have had before.
    The very low RAM prices were unsustainable due to massive losses but not sure if NAND has ever been sold below cost.
  • MajGenRelativity - Thursday, September 14, 2017 - link


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