This could get wordy, but I had a number of issues in testing these Gen5 drives, probably all of which were related to my particular test platforms. For example, I normally present various charts with comparative sequential and random 4K results at various queue depths, but I could not produce consistent results with the T700 on my test platforms under custom workloads using CrystalDiskMark, and that was on both the AMD X670E board and the Intel Z690 board. Usually, I just set the benchmark to QD1, and then QD2, and so on, but these results were very inconsistent from run to run, and I saw a puzzling regression in performance at QD2 compared to QD1, among other things.
Many efforts were made to figure out the best way to test this Gen5 SSD, including moving from the AMD AM5 platform back to a 13th Gen Intel platform, moving from the Gen5 M.2 slot to a dedicated PCIe 5.0 to M.2 adapter card in the PCI-E 5.0 x16 slot (which helped), and even trying out the Micron storage driver in place of StorNVMe. Ultimately, the lack of consistent results when attempting custom benchmark runs at various queue depths and threads preventing me from producing meaningful numbers needed for an in-depth review. Thus, this is just a “quick look”. (I also failed to re-test the two T700 drives on AM5 using bifurcation for the dual M.2 to Gen5 PCIe adapter – unsupported on the Z690 board.)
Bottom line, storage is complex, and I miss Allyn.