Putting it all together
Beyond benchmarking, we also install and look at every feature of software associated with each manufacturer’s SSD. These toolboxes are great resources for managing your SSD, like updating firmware, during Secure Erase or Wipe, optimizing features, overprovisioning, and checking the disk health. We examine these applications, take screenshots and show you what they have.
When we put all this data together in a review, we specifically are going to separate drives compared on the graphs by their speed generation. For example, if we are reviewing a PCI Gen4 SSD, then all you will see on the graph are other PCIe Gen4 SSDs. If we are reviewing a PCIe Gen3 SSD then all you will see on the graph are other PCIe Gen3 SSDs. If we are reviewing a SATA SSD then all you will see on the graph are other SATA SSDs.
There are several reasons for this separation. The first one is of scale; we don’t want the results to be widely skewed on the graphs. The second reason is as we keep adding more and more SSDs to reviews, the graphs are going to continue to grow very long. If we just put every SSD on every graph, they would get to a point where it would be hard to see what’s actually going on.
Finally, at the end of the day, when you are comparing an SSD being reviewed to another one, you want to compare it with an SSD of the same performance class so that you can actually see which one is better. If we compared a PCI Gen4 SSD to a SATA SSD, obviously the PCIe Gen4 SSD is going to be faster, and the graph scale will be very awkward.
Through all of these tests and benchmarks, we should be able to derive a solid analysis of SSDs and report several different types of workloads. We will be able to tell which ones are better at what and relate our experiences to you to make good buying decisions.