MSI MEG Z390 ACE – Z390 Chipset
Intel Core i7 8700k (3.7Ghz) Hex Core 6 x 256KB L2 Cache 12MB L3 Cache
Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme
1x nVidia GTX 980Ti
2x GSKill TridentZ PC4-27700 8GB DDR4 (16-18-18-38)
Crucial BX300 240GB SSD
HP dvd1260i Multiformat 24x Writer
Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1050 Watt PSU
Windows 10 Pro 64bit
HyperX Savage EXO 480GB SSD – SHSX100480G
Toshiba 320GB External USB 3.0 HDD - MK3275GSX
DT HyperX 3.0 64GB
For the benchmarks I have chosen to offer synthetic benchmark results that are repeatable and should provide a good basis for comparison. This is external storage after all and while running PCMark 10 might be fun it wouldn't offer a realistic result.
Sandra is a software collection of synthetic benchmarks that will give us a basic idea as to what a system is capable of. It should be noted that SiSoft numbers can change depending on what hardware is being tested. These were recorded using Sandra Professional Version 28.28.2018.9
ATTO Disk Benchmark is a freeware disk benchmarking utility that can test a variety of storage solutions from single hard drives to multi level RAID arrays and solid state disks. The tests can be broken down to transfer sizes between 512B to 64MB with lengths between 64KB and 32GB. Testing results are shown on a transfer chart with reads and writes clearly marked.
For our benchmark the 64MB transfer is being recorded even though the 128k range is often quoted as having the fastest transfer speed (range) of any drive.
Crystal Disk Mark is a widely available disk benchmarking program that can test a variety of different scenarios from Sequential to Random with Multiple and Single queues.
For our tests the Sequential and Random test with multiple queues and threads will be recorded.
I never thought I would see such a range in storage test results. From these you can clearly see the benefit of external SSD storage solutions over traditional hard drives and the popular flash drive. And while the flash drive is fast on reads, (faster than a HDD) it suffers from poor write performance.
The issues really make themselves known when you test Random Writes where all of the performance simply falls on its face.