We kind of expected this: Intel’s new solution beats the living daylights out of the hard drives, delivering a 15-17x performance increase in workstation I/O operations per second. The Samsung drive looks almost relegated to mediocrity, although that’s probably only the case for real workstation scenarios. However, none of these drives were actually designed for workstation use.
This is an amazing result: while the hard drives require 2.35 W and 2.71 W on average to deliver their 85 and 94 I/O operations per second (see chart above), the flash drives require much less to deliver many times better performance. Let’s look at performance per watt now.
This is the real deal: Intel’s X25-M provides the best performance per watt ratio. It’s double Samsung’s solution and more than 20 times better than the hard drives.
The I/O workstation efficiency tests were performed on our storage reference test system. Please refer to the test setup page for details.
- Intel’s First Flash SSD Ready for Vertical Take-Off
- Intel’s SSD Plans
- Intel X25-M SSD: Better by Design?
- Inside the X25-M SSD: 10-Channel Flash
- Inside the X25-M Controller: Wear Leveling, Write Amplification Control
- Competitors: Only Samsung, Really
- Test System for Low Level Benchmarks
- Transfer Performance and Diagram
- Access Time and I/O Performance
- PCMark Application Performance
- SYSmark 2007 Performance and Power Consumption
- Performance per Watt: Workstation I/O
- Performance per Watt: Streaming Reads
- Mobilemark 2007, Low-Power Idle Power, DVD Playback
- Conclusion: X25-M Strikes Hard!