Synology SAT5200-960G Performance Testing
We are moving towards using larger test sizes on our benchmarks, but on several tests, we also used the smaller default test sizes. This allows us to see the difference between lighter and heavier workloads.
A word of warning before you see the benchmarks; unfortunately, I do not have many SATA drives in my testing database, as up to this point I have focused mostly on consumer-class PCIe SSDs. As a result, the Synology SAT5200-960G will be making many appearances near the bottom of the benchmark comparison chart.
BlackMagic Disk Speed Test
This is a popular speed test in the video community. It shows whether a storage device is suitable for throughput required at a given video format.
The SAT5200-960G is limited to a SATA interface, and so a number of these formats were simply never going to be within reach of this drive.
CrystalDiskMark 7.0.0 x64
CrystalDiskMark is used as a basic starting point for benchmarks as it is something commonly run by end-users as a sanity check.
The only other SATA based drive on my list is the Samsung 860 EVO, and the SAT5200-960G more-or-less keeps up with that drive. The rated specs for this drive are 530 MB/s read and 500 MB/s write, so it is essentially hitting the advertised performance.
Moving to a larger test set did not affect the SAT5200-960G in any way. This is what we would expect since this drive is marketed on its consistency of performance.
ATTO Disk Benchmark
The ATTO Disk Benchmark has been a staple of drive sequential performance testing for years. ATTO was tested at both 256MB and 8GB file sizes.
Similar to CrystalDiskMark, ATTO performance is close to the advertised specs and is a near dead heat with the Samsung drive.
Once again the larger test set has no negative impact on performance; the ATTO 8GB test set is nearly indistinguishable from the 256MB one.
Anvil’s Storage Utilities
Anvil’s Storage Utilities is a comprehensive benchmark that gives us a very in-depth look at the performance of drives tested. This benchmark was run with both a 1GB and 8GB test size.
With Anvil running a 1GB test size, neither read nor write speeds have moved much compared to ATTO and CrystalDiskMark. The Synology drive manages to best the NVMe-based Rocket Q 500GB drive; this is thanks to significantly better read latency performance on the random workload portions of this test.
Keeping to the trend, the SAT5200-960G is unaffected by the larger test set. Here though it manages to beat the Rocket Q 500GB in write performance by a somewhat significant margin, again thanks to lower and more consistent latency.
AS SSD Benchmark
AS SSD Benchmark is another good benchmark for testing SSDs. We run all three tests for our series. Like other utilities, it was run with both the default 1GB as well as a larger 10GB test set.
AS-SSD again presents a functional tie with the Samsung 860 EVO for performance.
One last time, the SAT5200-960G is unaffected by the move to the larger 10GB test set. The Rocket Q 500GB falters, here again, allowing both our SATA drives to squeak out small wins in the write performance metrics.
SPECworkstation, and our conclusion are up next.