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Review: SK hynix Canvas SC300 (256GB)

by Tarinder Sandhu on 25 June 2015, 17:06

Tags: SK hynix

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Testing Methodology

Test Bench

CPU Intel Core i7-4770K (4.4GHz, 8MB cache, quad-core)
Motherboard Asus Z97-A
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance Pro (2x8GB) DDR3 @ 1,866MHz
Storage Controllers Intel Z97 PCH (SATA 6Gbps, AHCI)
Graphics Integrated HD 4600 Graphics
Power Supply Corsair AX760i
Operating System Windows 8.1 (64-bit)

Comparison Drive Configurations

  Total Capacity Controller Firmware Interface
SK hynix SC300 256GB LM878100AA 2001P00 SATA 6Gbps
OCZ Arc 100 240GB OCZ 3 Barefoot M10 1.01 SATA 6Gbps
Crucial MX200 512GB Marvell 88SS9189 1.0 SATA 6Gbps
Crucial BX100 500GB SM SM2246EN 1.0 SATA 6Gbps

Benchmarks

ATTO Disk Benchmark The freeware ATTO benchmark provides basic sequential speed results for both read and write operations. Using the default queue depth of four, we record read and write speeds during 1MB transfers.
CrystalDiskMark CrystalDiskMark provides various storage benchmarks, but we're interested in the returned 32-thread 4K performance numbers to see how well the drives fare when tasked with numerous small transfers.
Iometer Iometer is an I/O subsystem measurement tool originally developed by Intel. To measure a drive's I/O performance, after preconditioning, we set the benchmark to run specific sequential and random read and write tests
PCMark 8 PCMark 8's storage test is a collection of workloads that isolate the performance of the PC's storage system.

Notes

We've included two larger-capacity drives for references purposes. The real comparison is between the SK hynix Canvas SC300 drive and OCZ Arc 100 - two SSDs with similar capacities and near-identical pricing.