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)

The average data rates for the GIGABYTE Aorus RGB SSD on The Destroyer are pretty good, but still below the Samsung competitors of similar capacity. The performance gap between the 256GB and 512GB Aorus drives is larger than between the larger Aorus and the 1TB Silicon Power drive that uses the same controller and NAND, and the 480GB ADATA SX8200 is on par with the smallest Aorus SSD.

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

The 512GB Aorus SSD follows in the footsteps of previous larger Phison E12 drives with excellent average and 99th percentile latency scores on The Destroyer. The smaller 256GB Aorus ranks lower, but still outscores the other drives in its capacity class—the Team Cardea 240GB is an older Phison E7 drive with MLC NAND.

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

The average read latency on The Destroyer for the 512GB Aorus is excellent, only slightly behind the Samsung 970 EVO and the 1TB Phison E12 drive. The 256GB Aorus SSD's average read latency score is significantly higher, but still better than the rest of the competition. The average write latency scores aren't quite as impressive, but the larger Aorus is still in the lead for its capacity class and the smaller one beats all the 256GB-class drives but the older MLC SSD.

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

The 99th percentile read and write latency scores show similar rankings to the averages, with both drives outperforming any other TLC-based SSDs in their capacity class.

ATSB - The Destroyer (Power)

The GIGABYTE Aorus SSDs had RGB LEDs pulsing throughout the hours of The Destroyer, but the total energy consumption was still relatively low compared to most other M.2 NVMe SSDs. The MyDigitalSSD SBX entry-level NVMe drive and Crucial MX500 SATA drive score a bit better than the Aorus, but the Samsung and Silicon Motion drives require substantially more energy to complete The Destroyer, even when overall performance (and thus test duration) is similar.

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  • austinsguitar - Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - link

    conclusion: its actually pretty good.
  • Flunk - Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - link

    At this point I think I'd pay a bit extra to NOT have non-functional LEDs on my computer hardware.
  • FreckledTrout - Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - link

    I like the idea of LED's but hate the cute way most get implemented. Vendors could make them all functional with a little effort. Change colors due to CPU temps, backlight ports and even change color on said back light when something gets plugged in. Color code audio ports with light. Im sure Im missing some. I actually don't mind being able to see into my case to check for dust bunnies or make sure fans are spinning without opening the case up.
  • CheapSushi - Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - link

    Or allow them to be Activity LEDs. :( None of the software implementations seem to allow this.
  • CheapSushi - Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - link

    You have practically hundreds of SSD choices. Stop whining.
  • Thud2 - Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - link

    Sorry, a bit off topic but seems the perfect place to ask. What is that below the eagles head? An arm? A huge jaw?
  • Hxx - Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - link

    good question. All i can tell u is that its derived from Horus (ancient Egypt). I know bc Gigabyte mentioned it in one of their early vidz. As far as what that thing is, likely a jaw resembling letter G, i dont believe its in arm.
  • andychow - Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - link

    The eagle is shaking his fist. Aorus (Horus) is a man with an eagle head, that's why he has arms and not wings. And he's shaking his fist because he's a bad-ass.
  • philehidiot - Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - link

    Yeh what Andychow said. Horus with the fist and bicep. He's such a badass that he's now stopped battling Set but is sponsoring SSDs instead. Because.... badass.
  • Duwelon - Thursday, April 11, 2019 - link

    An arm. Specifically,. a well-toned right arm, ready to go. Does Gigabyte know the types of people that want RBG on their M.2 drives or what?

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