Intel NAS Performance Toolkit
Intel NASPT is another disk sub-system test that uses real-life usage scenarios. Like PCMark 7, Intel NASPT reproduces predefined disk activity traces and measures how fast they are executed. However, the default traces are designed for network attached storage devices rather than for SSDs. Therefore during our test session we replace them with the specially developed SSD Benchmarking Suite which offers more relevant usage scenarios such as compressing and decompressing files, compiling large projects, copying files and folders, loading 3D game levels, installing software, batch-processing photos, searching a digital library for data, mass-launching applications, and transcoding video.
Like PCMark 7, this benchmark gives us a true-to-life illustration of disk subsystem performance. Here the SSDs are again tested in their “steady” state.
Here Patriot Pyro SE performance is again similar to that of other SF-2281 based SSDs using synchronous flash memory. Our hero outperforms the solutions built with asynchronous flash and runs neck and neck with Crucial m4, though it still falls behind Intel SSD 520, Corsair Performance Pro and OCZ Vertex 3.
The detailed INASPT results help us see what usage scenarios are the most suitable for our today’s testing participants. Take note that the data-transfer rate is higher than the SATA III interface bandwidth in some subtests. That’s because INASPT is a high-level test that uses standard Windows functions to access the disk subsystem. As a result, the OS caching mechanisms also affect the results.
Patriot Pyro SE is not really different from Corsair Force GT in any way. For INASPT it is a totally ordinary SandForce based mainstream solid state drive.