SPECworkstation 3.0.2 Storage Benchmark
SPECworkstation benchmark is an excellent benchmark to test systems using workstation-type workloads. In this test, we only ran the Storage component, which is fifteen separate tests.
Outside of an Optane drive, the P41 turns in some of the best overall SPECworkstation performance we have seen. We sort by Product Development, and the P41 turns in the best non-Optane result we have ever recorded. The P41 is also tops for Media, and turns in strong results for both Energy and General Operations.
Sustained Write Performance
This is not necessarily a benchmark, so much as trying to catch the post-cache write speed of the drive. While I am filling the drive with data to the 85% mark with 10 simultaneous write threads, I monitor the drive for the write performance to dip to the lowest steady point and grab a screenshot.
The Post-cache write speed on the SK hynix Platinum P41 is very good, though not quite fast enough to catch the FireCuda 530.
We monitored the idle and maximum temperature during testing with HWMonitor to get some idea of the thermal performance and requirements of the drive. Please keep in mind that our test bench is an open frame chassis in a 22C room, but with no direct airflow. As a result, this is not representative of a cramped low airflow case and is instead intended to model temperatures of a drive ‘on its own’.
Under intense testing, the P41 can exceed 80C. This is too hot, and not only does the drive begin performance throttling at that point but I start to get nervous myself. However, it takes a relatively sustained load for the drive to reach this high temperature; when I tested WD’s SN850 without its heatsink it seemed to near-instantly hit 80C. In contrast, the P41 took several minutes of sustained work for temperatures to slowly creep up. I pointed a case fan in the general direction of this drive and that was able to control the thermals. My recommendation would be to provide this drive a bit of airflow, or some kind of motherboard-integrated heatsink and almost everyone should be fine.
Today the SK hynix Platinum P41 1TB is $150 online. That price point is right in line with other top-end drives like the WD Black SN850. Given the performance achieved today, that pricing would seem to be justified.
The SK hynix Platinum P41 1TB is a great drive. Throughout most of our testing, it was vying for top results in either reads or writes, depending on the benchmark. Since the drive comes without a heatsink I do wish the thermal testing results were slightly better, but in honesty, most users will not encounter any problems as long as a small amount of airflow is provided to the drive. The Platinum P41 strikes me as being a good ‘generalist’ kind of drive, as it is very competitive in all of the performance arenas that we test for. The P41 may not be my clear favorite like the P31 was, but it is still a good drive and will work in almost any situation.