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 HyperX Fury RGB's average data rate on The Destroyer is 23% slower than the Crucial MX500 and is also clearly slower than the Plextor M8V that uses the same Toshiba 64-layer 3D NAND. The Fury RGB is not delivering the performance expected from a mainstream SATA drive, let alone one with enthusiast pricing.

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

The average latency of the Fury RGB on The Destroyer is tied with the Plextor M8V and the 99th percentile latency is better, so Kingston has managed to get decent performance out of the Toshiba 3D TLC in at least some respects, but the Crucial drive is still clearly much better off.

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

The average read latency of the Fury RGB is slightly worse than the Plextor M8V while the average write latency is slightly better, but neither drive can get the Toshiba TLC to match the performance of the Micron TLC in the Crucial MX500.

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

The 99th percentile read latency of the Fury RGB falls between the MX500 and the M8V and is nothing to complain about. The 99th percentile write latency surprises with a substantial advantage over the other SATA drives and even the ADATA SX8200, so Kingston's firmware for the Fury RGB is doing a good job at limiting worst-case performance stalls.

ATSB - The Destroyer (Power)

When ignoring the energy used for the LED lighting, the HyperX Fury RGB requires a similar amount of energy to complete The Destroyer as other SATA drives, despite taking a bit longer overall. The LEDs were responsible for almost 2/3 the total energy usage by the drive.

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  • Amandtec - Monday, September 24, 2018 - link

    Samsung sneakily dropped prices on the 860 EVO's to make them the cheapest SSD's with a dram cache on the market (per pcpartpicker, at least). Reply
  • MrSpadge - Monday, September 24, 2018 - link

    The MX500 is still cheaper in Germany, but not by a lot. Reply
  • Death666Angel - Monday, September 24, 2018 - link

    Especially the M.2 SATA versions. Not contest there, really. Reply
  • Impulses - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - link

    SanDisk Ultra is also cheaper, at least at 2TB & SATA... I've got three Samsung drives in my desktop right now (256GB SM951 & 2x 1TB 850 EVOs) but the next one will likely be a 2TB Crucial/WD based on pricing alone. Reply
  • DanNeely - Monday, September 24, 2018 - link

    So, if I understand this correctly, the only forms of chemotherapy for the RGB cancer in this drive are to buy a mobo that is also suffering from RGB cancer so I can plug into it and use it's software to disable the lights, or to use a sata power cable that has been modified to disconnect the 12V rail? Reply
  • melgross - Monday, September 24, 2018 - link

    No, you just don’t buy gamer oriented goods. Pretty simple. Reply
  • mjz_5 - Monday, September 24, 2018 - link

    Find me a high end AMD motherboard without LEDs? Reply
  • 29a - Monday, September 24, 2018 - link

    Just don't turn them on. I'd rather have it and not need it than not have it and want it. Reply
  • eddman - Monday, September 24, 2018 - link

    That statement only applies to useful tools, like a wrench, or a hammer, or a knife, etc. These LEDs have ZERO functional use, except for producing light pollution and being an eyesore. Reply
  • melgross - Monday, September 24, 2018 - link

    Well, they all have LEDs, the question is whether they’re diagnostic LEDs, or there for decoration. I don’t follow every mono out there (or most of them, thuthfully) so I don’t know what they all have. Reply

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