Probably just garbage collection indeed. But your driver is listed as msahci, while i expected something like a HP-specific driver. the msahci driver supports TRIM, so chances are TRIM is actually working. But no real way to find that out, unfortunately.
The random I/O scores are exceptionally poor for an SSD, though. Do you get the same scores when you connect the SSD to your onboard AHCI-enabled SATA port?
This is a pretty low end SSD (I got it for about 70 bucks). It doesnt need to be high end, this is in a server which just has the OS on an SSD, all the programs and data are loaded onto 2 500GB, 5400RPM drives in a RAID 1, which the OS was stored on at one point.
I get the same scores when it is used ont he onboard controller, and on a different motherboard (Intel P35 chipset, using iastor). I have the pictures saved on a flash drive that is not accessible atm.
I did not install the Highpoint specific driver. I let windows use mashci.
Ah it has a Toshiba controller. That is rather a funny story; Toshiba buys JMicron NAND controller chips, then laser-etches them to remove the 'JMicron' text on the chip and make it say Toshiba instead. Apparently this move was done after JMicron got a very bad reputation for 'stuttering SSDs' on its JMF-602 NAND controller commonly used in OCZ Core SSDs.
The Toshiba shouldn't have the stuttering issues, but it would be exceptionally poor at random I/O scores considering this is an SSD. It does have very good sequential scores though, and even the random scores are very good compared to a normal HDD. So you still get most of the benefits of this SSD, though the high sequential speeds (200MB/s) are sort of misleading; since SSDs are particularly fast because of their high IOps (random I/O performance). HDDs do about 0,4MB/s of random reads, while SSDs can do up to 200MB/s. Yours is doing 13MB/s which is sort of in between.
Given its price appears to be a decent buy. Please do not that almost all current SSDs can corrupt themselves, which may be important if you run a server that requires data integrity even after a power failure. The solution to this problem is to use newer SSDs with 'supercapacitor'. This includes the new SF2000 Sandforce controller and Intel G3, coming in early 2011.
The server is just for home use, not in a business enviroment. Since all my critical data in on a RAID 1 with mechanical hard drives, I am not worried if the SSD corrupts itself. I just made an image of the drive after i got everything setup and configured as I want it incase of any future problems.
Eventually I will buy a SSD to replace my 3x 6400AAKS in RAID 0 in my desktop, but only when prices drop nicely.
I found your information very informative about the Toshiba and JMicron controller chips. I thought I opened this as a question but apperantly it is a dicsussion and I cant mark you as best answer otherwise I would.
Don't feel too bad about JMicron/Toshiba; you can buy a much faster SSD in the future and for now this SSD will give you most of the benefits of todays SSDs. In about a year or so SSDs should have surpassed 1GB/s while being quite affordable. These SSDs would have a PCI-express interface intstead of SATA. There are drawbacks though; current PCIe SSD products lack TRIM under Windows OS and there are no native PCI-express NAND controllers yet for the consumer market (FusionIO has some though but very expensive).
So for now your SSD should be fine, and you can get something much better both in performance and datasecurity (supercapacitor) in the near future.
Keeping a backup of important files on your SSD is advisable; especially since many people do not know about the corruption issue on SSDs. SSDs use DRAM chip to store the 'index' of where data is actually being stored. Windows may think sector 1 starts at the beginning of your SSD/storage device, but your SSD may have decided to write it somewhere else. The problem is that when power is interrupted during a 'page mapping operation', there will be corruption next time the SSD is powered on. In normal english: the contents of a book and its index are no longer in 'sync'; the index may say chapter 4 starts at page 119 while in fact it's 855. This still prevents usage of SSDs for very sensitive data, though professional SSDs either do not use remapping or have a supercapacitor to allow the SSD to finish up its tasks whenever power is interrupted, giving them enough time to write everything it needs to the NAND chips which unlike DRAM, can survive its data after power loss.
HDDs only lose writes, not corrupt existing data. SSDs can corrupt existing/non-written-to data when it loses power. It also has a HPA mapping table that needs to be saved; like an index to where it has actually stored all its data. An outdated mapping table can also cause dataloss/corruption, possibly severe.
Not sure how this translates to reality, but it's been known not to trust SSDs without super capacitor or other method to write safely. This applies particularly to usage in sensitive systems, mostly business/enterprise. But i think home users can benefit too from supercapacitors; the Intel G3 should have it, to be available soon.