The Polish company Goodram continues to develop its IRDM brand and the latest manifestation of this is the IRDM Pro disk available in 1, 2 and 4 TB versions with TLC memory chips. Today we are dealing with the 2 TB version priced at PLN 2,000 and we will tell you right away that the result of this test is completely positive.
IRDM Pro 2 TB under a magnifying glass
The IRDM Pro comes to us in a solid package, in which, apart from only the disk (as is usually the case), we find good quality stickers, an extensive aluminum heat sink with thermoprops, a set of screws for assembly, a small screwdriver and a user manual.
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If you are wondering whether it is worth bothering with this heat sink, or maybe it is not better to bet on the one built into the motherboard, then I definitely recommend betting on the one included in the set. Not only because it includes both the bottom and top layouts on the laminate, but also because it performs better than those simple traditional “boards” screwed to the motherboards. The dimensions of the heat sink disk are 22.8 x 80 x 20.5 mm.
In terms of equipment IRDM Pro 2 TB Includes PS5018-E18 controller, two 1GB SK Hynix H5AN8G6NCJ DDR4 caches, and eight 176-layer TLC NAND (IA7BG94AYA) memory chips. This combination with the M.2 interface, support for four PCIe 4.0 buses and support for the NVMe 1.4 protocol is to provide 7000 MB / s sequential read and 6850 MB / s sequential write. On the performance side, random operations come into play with 650,000 IOPS read and 700,000 IOPS write.
In addition, IRDM Pro supports the automatic changing of the bone operating mode from TLC to SLC for the sake of a better buffer and thus higher speed, ECC error correction, and in practice its 2 TB version offers 1.81 TB of free space.
Methodology and test platform
All tests were performed on a 64-bit Windows 10 Pro operating system and NTFS file system with an allocation unit of 4096 bytes. The results shown are the mean of three results performed interchangeably (lest the buffer “learn” to do the same) and after lowering the temperature to the optimal level (if required).
Do not be fooled by the gaps in some cases shown in the charts and take a look at the scale imposed and the accompanying commentary before jumping to conclusions.
- Synthetic test software:
- Crystal Disk Mark 6.0.2
- Anvil’s Storage Utilities 1.1
- WinRAR 16.09.09
- 7-Zip 16.04
- Gimp 2.8
- Files / programs for real tests
- 1747 JPG files weighing 3.36 GB
- 507 MP3 files weighing 3.0 GB
- Civilization V on Steam
- The Witcher 3 game files weighing 54.7 GB
- CS: GO game files weighing 17.7 GB
- ISO file weighing 26.5 GB
- Steam directory with 59,492 files weighing 109 GB
- Graphics weighing 903 MB
Ryzen 5 3600X stock
ASRock Speed X570 PG
2×8 GB HyperX Fury 2133 MHz
WD Black SN750 2 TB M.2 PCIe 3.0×4
Western Digital Blue 1 TB
be quiet! Straight Power 11 550W
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
Deepcool GamerStorm NEW ARK 90
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Before you, a series of tests in two of the most popular testing applications that you probably know by heart. Their operation boils down to the same – saving and reading your samples to throw away simple numbers to compare the performance of the carriers. The higher the bar, the better, of course.
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On the one hand, admiration, and on the other hand, quite a failure. In synthetic tests, the IRDM Pro can impress with its performance in sequential and most random operations, but it definitely cannot cope with the recording of specific random samples. However, it is safe to say that in our list, the IRDM Pro promises to be the performance king.
Anvil’s Storage Utilities 1.1
Crystal Disk Mark 6.0.2
The situation is different here, because in the test with the participation of typical actions on files, what matters is how quickly the disk can handle the tasks assigned to it. In other words, the smaller the bar, the better.
Performance in games and programs
And finally, six tasks that are supposed to represent the most frequently performed activities on the PC, i.e. archiving, installing programs and loading games.
Benchmarks announced high performance and practical tests confirmed it. In our test procedure The IRDM Pro 2 TB did the best at copying files and unpacking the archive.
A multitasking test
This test in turn shows disk performance in the most common situation, that is, while operating on at least two types of files and tasks. In fact, this is the main use of our disk when we use it as an operating system disk.
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In practice, simultaneous copying took a total of 44.22 seconds. This increased the ISO file copy time by 5.49 seconds and The Witcher files by 5.6 seconds, but resulted in a time saving of 8 seconds.
Filling test i thermal-throttlingu
After filling 90% of the capacity, the IRDM Pro does not suffer from a huge drop in performance. This is because it is small, looking at the difference in copying time, which is a few percent.
As I mentioned at the beginning, the heat sink in the set with the IRDM Pro is definitely sufficient for everyday use in more intense conditions. Remember, however, that the lack of a fan on the heat sink means that the heat “escapes” from it slower, thus prolonged intensive use sooner or later will lead to a temperature level of over 70 degrees, after which the disk will start to slow down as part of the thermal-throttling phenomenon.
IRDM Pro 2 TB drive test – summary
IRDM Pro 2 TB currently costs PLN 2,000, placing it in the well-deserved segment of M.2 PCIe 4.0 × 4 drives from the top shelf. This is confirmed by its heat sink, performance and even durability with a TBW of 1400 TB, which heralds a purchase for many years … or at least five due to the warranty that lasts just that. As this disc is the responsibility of a Polish company, this is just another reason why it is worth reaching for it, because you will definitely not be disappointed with it.