When you buy a new solid state drive (SSD) the package usually boasts of great performance, huge write speeds and even more read speeds. But the actual performance of an SSD might not be exactly the same as advertised. This is because the tests were done on very high end systems and your desktop or laptop computer might not have the same high quality motherboards.
If you want to check how an SSD is performing on a computer setup, then you can use a third-party tool such as AS SSD Benchmark. This free tool can be used to test the performance of any SSD irrespective of its capacity and the manufacturer. It performs several tests such as sequential reads/writes and the access times. However, you have to be careful when using this software as it is meant to test the performance of only SSDs and not the hard disk drives (HDDs).
After launching AS SSD Benchmark, you have to select the target SSD from the drop-down list. After picking the SSD, you can choose the size of file that is used for testing purposes. We can choose a file between 1 GB, 2 GB and 3 GB size. After this you can pick the type of tests to be run – Sequential read/write, 4K block read/writes, 4K block read/write using 64 threads, and the Access times.
In order to start the tests, you can click on the Start button. It will start the tests and display the results as each of the tests is completed. In the end, a score is displayed for your SSD. You can also run a few other benchmarks using this tool. For example, there are compression tests and the large file copy tests. These tests can be used to find out how the SSD performs during real life file operations, for example, when copying a large ISO disk image file.
You can download AS SSD Benchmark from https://www.alex-is.de/PHP/fusion/downloads.php.