Benchmark values and test results …
Let us continue with the benchmark results. SATA3 drives are tested with an ASRock 890GX Extreme3 motherboard and test results of M.2 modules are performed using an ASRock Z97 Extreme6 motherboard. At present, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition is used as the operating system.
The SSD drive speed was examined and compared with the following benchmark software:
AS SSD Benchmark 1.4.3704.27281 – Download
ATTO Disk Benchmark v2.46 – Download
CrystalDiskMark 3.00 – Download
HD Tach 3.040 – Download
SiSoftware Sandra 2013 – Download
The SSD benchmark values offers a very good reference point of the maximal possible read and write performance, the speed with smaller files and the respective access time. The Crucial 1TB drive achieved in AHCI mode a very high sequential read and write speed.
Although you should operate the SSD in AHCI mode, we have spared no effort to run all benchmarks additionally in SATA IDE mode. The total score in the IDE mode (indicated by pciide below firmware MU01) reached 370 points. However, the AHCI mode results are considerably much higher.
In AHCI mode also another result beneath the read performance was much higher than in IDE mode and that is the important value “4K-64Thrd”. 4K means that small 4K blocks are read and/or written and with the 4K 64Thrd this is distributed on 64 Threads at the same time. Thus the benchmark program simulate for example a typical program start.
Because the weighting of this value in the AS SSD benchmark tool is very high, the total score in AHCI mode is with 792 points more than twice as high. The previously tested BX100 500GB SSD reached 803 points, the Crucial M500 480 GB SSD reached 685 points, the Crucial M550 512 GB SSD reached 907 points, the Crucial MX100 512 GB SSD reached 856 points and the Crucial MX200 500 GB SSD reached 882 points – all results are tested in AHCI mode on the same test system. The usable capacity of 931.51 GB is by the way identical to the MX200 1 TB SSD – slightly higher than the M500, but compared to the MX100 and M550 it has fallen back slightly.
Who think now about changing its SATA port in the BIOS from native IDE and/or legacy IDE to AHCI, should change first for example (if possible) only one part of the SATA port, where the drive with the operating system is not installed. Because if one like to save the new Windows installation, one must install the hard disk controller driver before changing SATA mode from IDE to AHCI – alternatively there are also Registry entries for it. If you like to upgrade from HDD to SSD, you should not copy the content 1:1 only with a tool like Norton Ghost or Acronis Backup. It is better to install a fresh Windows 7 or Windows 8 or adjust at least the SSD Alignment. We help you with questions to this topic or all other PC related questions at any time 24/7 in our PC Forum.
The comparison of the AS SSD benchmark results is extended with each new HDD/SSD test. Here you can see some SSDs in comparison to the Crucial BX100 1 TB 2.5″ SSD, and the chart will be updated periodically with new SSD drives. At the moment the top of total AS SSD scores is lead by a Plextor M6e 256GB M.2 SSD, closely followed by the Crucial M550 512 GB mSATA, M.2 and SATA SSD – then follows the MX200 with 1 TB and 500 GB, the MX100 with 512 GB and then follows the BX100 SSD with 500 GB and 1 TB.
The ATTO disk benchmark values gives a very good overview about the write and read rate on different file sizes. These values are maximum ratings, which are different to the previously continuous transfer rate benchmarks, since this benchmark may even reach a higher overall performance with slower SSDs.
At the Crucial BX100 1 TB SSD is the read speed (green) surprisingly even at the smallest transfer size of approximately 0.5 KB higher than the write speed (red) and reaches the maximum read rate of 569792 KB at a transfer size of 1024 KB.
The ATTO disk benchmark values are now compared with a small transfer size of 32KB and a large transfer size of 8192KB. The bar chart already includes a comparison to some SSDs and HDDs, which joins the Crucial BX100 1 TB together with the BX100 500 GB in ATTO directly behind the RAID and M.2 PCIe drives, which can achieve more than the maximum possible 6 Gb/s of the SATA3 interface.
With CrystalDiskMark one receives a balanced measurement of the performance with different transfer sizes.
Like before, here especially the 4K-64Threads values has enormously high sequential read values of 535.7 MB/s and write values of 463.6 MB/s.
The following diagram shows the CrystalDiskMark results once again in comparison to the other SSDs and hard drives, which will be expanded with new SSD test results. In the CrystalDiskMark comparison you clearly see the differences between the previously tested Solid State Drives and Hard Disk Drives, where the Crucial BX100 1 TB SSD together with the BX100 500 GB SSD at least with read values can be placed even before the MX200, MX100 and M550.
With HD Tach one can measure the gradient of the performance, but the SSD transfer is not comparable with a conventional HDD. Because of the new logical NAND cell access of the SSD controller, the values can vary strongly with the HD Tach Version 126.96.36.199, which is written for hard disk drives.
HD Tach shows the Crucial 1 TB Crucial BX100 SSD in AHCI mode during write operations with uniform peaks and a continuous read rate with the lowest displayed access time of approx. 0.0ms.
For comparison, you can move the mouse pointer over the following drives to see their respective benchmark results:
Crucial BX100 1TB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial BX100 500GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 AHCI, ADATA S511 120GB SSD at SATA3 AHCI, ADATA S511 120GB SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial MX100 512GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial MX200 1TB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial MX200 1TB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial M500 480GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial M550 512GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial M550 512GB M.2 SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial M550 512GB mSATA SSD at SATA3 AHCI, 2x Crucial m4 128GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 RAID, Crucial m4 128GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial m4 128GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3, Crucial m4 256GB 2.5″ SSD FW 000F at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial m4 256GB 2.5″ SSD FW 0309 at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial m4 256GB 2.5″ SSD FW 0002 at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial m4 256GB SSD FW 0309 at SATA3 IDE, Crucial m4 256GB 2.5″ SSD FW 0002 at SATA3, Crucial C300 64GB 1,8″ SSD at SATA3, Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3, Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA2, Hitachi 7K1000.C 1TB HDD, MX-DS Fusion 60GB SSD SATA3 IDE, MX-DS Fusion 60GB SSD SATA3 IDE, MX-DS Turbo 120GB SSD at SATA3 AHCI, OCZ Agility 128GB SSD, Plextor M6e 256GB M.2 SSD PCIe AHCI, 2x Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme 256GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 RAID0, Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme 256GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Plextor M5M 128GB mSATA SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Samsung Series470 128GB SSD AHCI, Samsung Series470 128GB SSD Legacy IDE, Seagate Constellation.2 1TB 2.5″ HDD at SATA3, Toshiba MK8007GAH 1.8″ HDD.
The comparison of HD Tach benchmark results also shows the enormously high performance of the Crucial BX100 1 TB SSD, which delivers like the 500 GB BX100 in HD Tach a head to head race with the MX200, MX100 and M550 512GB SSD.
SiSoftware Sandra benchmark result …
Of course, SiSoftware Sandra benchmark should not be missing in this test series. SiSoftware offers with their SiSoft Sandra software a very comprehensive tool, which contains a lot of tools to get very reliable test results of all hardware components.
The average access time of the Crucial BX100 1 TB SSD is in SiSoftware Sandra with 22us extremely low and the drive index of 543.11 MB/s is like the 500 GB BX100 result very high.
In the write performance measurement, the average access time of the Crucial BX100 1 TB SSD in SiSoftware Sandra is also at extremely low 24us and the drive index reached like the 500 GB BX100 very high 434.29 MB/s.
Crucial BX100 1 TB Result and general impression …