AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer

The Destroyer is an extremely long test replicating the access patterns of heavy desktop usage. A detailed breakdown can be found in this review. Like real-world usage and unlike our Iometer tests, 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.

We quantify performance on this test by reporting the drive's average data throughput, a few data points about its latency, and the total energy used by the drive over the course of the test.

AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer (Data Rate)

The BX100's performance on The Destroyer isn't dead last, but it underperforms for its capacity.

AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer (Latency)

Average service time is startlingly high and is close to a hard drive's seek time.

AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer (Latency)

AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer (Latency)

The frequency of performance outliers is in line with the other two low performers on this test, indicating that the BX200's performance doesn't stutter any more often, but it pauses for longer periods of time when it does stutter.

AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer (Power)

Higher power consumption is to be expected from a drive using TLC NAND, but the BX200 consumed more than twice the energy over the duration of The Destroyer than any of the other drives, and more than five times as much as the BX100. The BX200 didn't take vastly more time to complete The Destroyer, so it was clearly not making good use of idle time.

Performance Consistency AnandTech Storage Bench - Heavy
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  • melgross - Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - link

    Not true. If you put music and video files on this, it's perfectly adequate.
  • garbagedisposal - Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - link

    That doesn't mean anything. A hard drive would work beautifully for music and video too
  • petteyg359 - Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - link

    Not if the drive motor is louder than the music...
  • LB-ID - Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - link

    Why in the world would you be using a space-limited, relatively expensive SSD for storage like that when you could get MUCH better price/performance ratio out of a mechanical drive?
  • SmokingCrop - Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - link

    Simple, the horrible noise that comes out of mechanical drives. It's definitely the loudest thing in my system.
  • Pissedoffyouth - Sunday, November 8, 2015 - link

    You could definitely hear the hard drive on my old PC, but my WD Reds are damn silent in my new one. Can't hear them at all. Only by holding the caser you can feel the slight vibration
  • tamalero - Thursday, November 12, 2015 - link

    you must have one hell of a horrible computer case or using very old mechanical drives to hear that.
  • squngy - Thursday, November 26, 2015 - link

    Either that, or premium silent fans...

    If you build a system with the intent of keeping it as quite as possible and are willing to spend some extra money and or sacrifice some performance then you will hear mechanical drives over other components at least occasionally (seek and spinup).
  • nagi603 - Thursday, November 19, 2015 - link

    Your case must be an old, cheap one, or one not particularly designed for home use. (Or you are missing the side panel.) Try one that comes with mechanical decoupling groumets, like every decent case for more than a couple years back. E.g.: Antec or Fractal Design cases. Or go el-cheapo and just suspend the HDD with bungie cord in the 5.25" slots. Voila, no more noise.
  • royalcrown - Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - link

    Try dropping your external mechanical HDD while on, then try it with an SSD and see...

    one thing you needn't worry about is moving your system while it's on with ssd, (or bumping it)

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