Performance has been tested on the latest AMD Ryzen platform which contains R5 3600 processor and ASRock X570 Extreme4 motherboard.
Since most users have one drive for the operating system and everything else then we have decided to perform tests on a single drive with installed Windows 10. Because of that some of the presented results can be lower than we can see on a separate, empty drive. Results on an empty drive are presented in our short video review which you can find on the first page of this review.
Let’s begin with ATTO Disk Benchmark which is one of the most popular applications designed to measure storage bandwidth.
Both ATTO versions are showing high performance. I’m not sure if it’s because of early drivers or BIOS but our maximum read bandwidth is about 3120MB/s while the drive can easily reach 3400MB/s. Maximum write bandwidth is already a bit better than we can see in the specification with up to 3060MB/s.
CrystalDiskMark is more interesting as we can see how the P34A80 performs random operations.
Maximum read bandwidth is again a bit under what I was expecting but it’s not really important during daily work. On the other hand, all random transfers are simply amazing. What more, results are great regardless of used test files. It keeps the same performance no matter what we do. Most drives are starting to lower performance since about 4GiB test files.
PCMark 8 is one of the most important benchmarks as it shows performance in popular applications and less demanding games. Our result is one of the highest we have seen. The P34A80 clearly delivers high performance and low latency. It’s about 20% faster in this benchmark than SSD which were using the previous generation of Phison controllers. It’s also about as fast as top series SSD from competitive brands.
Below you can see additional benchmark results.
As you can see in AIDA64 benchmark, results vary depends on the test pattern. It’s still good to see that the drive delivers constant high performance regardless of the test.
Below you can see that there is a performance drop at the beginning of the drive caused by the installed operating system. The drop is still not so significant to affect daily work much.
Random read is also worth mentioning. It’s the most important for games and as we can see, the performance is pretty consistent. By consistent I mean during the whole test, bandwidth was between 800MB/s and 1800MB/s. On other drives, we usually see random drops to 100MB/s or even lower. All that with low CPU usage, no more than 4%.
PCMark 10 result is just info for all who wish to compare their results. There is still no separate storage benchmark in PCMark 10 but we count to see one in close future.
At the end Anvil’s Storage Utilities. It’s a benchmark which usually shows lower bandwidth than expected but at least, in this case, results are quite good. Actually, results are better than on most competitive SSD.
If we focus on results which are the most important for gamers then the P34A80 is hard to beat. Not many SSD on the market offer similar performance, especially in so low price. I will say more about the price and availability on the next page of this review.