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Test Setup And SSD Details

Southbridge Battle: 780a, ICH10 and SB750, Compared
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System Hardware
Hardware
Details
System I
CPU
Intel Core i7-920 (45nm, 2.66 GHz, 8 MB L2 Cache)
Motherboard (Socket 1366)
Supermicro X8SAX
Revision: 1.1
Chipset: Intel X58 + ICH10R
BIOS: 1.0B
RAM
3 x 2 GB DDR3-1333 Corsair CM3X1024-1333C9DHX
System II
CPU
Intel Core i7-920 (45nm, 2.66 GHz, 8 MB L2 Cache)
Motherboard (Socket 1366)
Asus Rampage II Gene
Revision: 2.0G
Chipset: Intel X58 + ICH10R
BIOS: 0809
RAM
3 x 2 GB DDR3-1066 CorsairTR3X6G1600C8D
System III
CPU AMD
AMD Phenom II X4 955 (45 nm, 3.2 GHz, 4 x 512 KB L2 and 6 MB L3 Cache, TDP 125 W, Rev. C2)
Motherboard (Socket AM3)
Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P (Rev. 1.0)
Chipset: AMD 790GX, SB750
BIOS: 3L (04/08/2009)
RAM
2 x 2 GB DDR3-1600 (Corsair CM3X2G1600C9DHX)
System IV
CPU AMD
AMD Phenom II X4 955 (45 nm, 3.2 GHz, 4 x 512 KB L2 and 6 MB L3 Cache, TDP 125 W, Rev. C2)
Motherboard (Socket AM2+)
MSI K9N2 Diamond
Revision: 1.1
Chipset: Nvidia 780a
BIOS: 2.4
RAM
2 x 2 GB DDR2-1066 GeIL (GE24GB1066C5DC)
HDD System
Seagate NL35 400 GB
ST3400832NS
7,200 RPM, SATA/150, 8 MB Cache
System Drive Controller
Promise SATA 300 TX4
HDD
6 x Intel X25-E 64 GB SSD
Graphics
Zotac Geforce GTX 260²
GPU: Geforce GTX 260 (576 MHz)
Graphics RAM: 896 MB DDR3 (1998 MHz)
Stream Processors: 216
Shader Clock: 1242 MHz
Power Supply
OCZ EliteXstream 800W
OCZ800EXS-EU
Benchmarks
Performance Measurements
h2benchw 3.12
PCMark Vantage 1.0
I/O Performance
IOMeter 2006.07.27
File Server-Benchmark, Web Server-Benchmark, Workstation-Benchmark, Database-Benchmark
Streaming Reads
Streaming Writes
System Software and Drivers
Drivers
Details
Operating System
Windows Vista Ultimate SP1
AMD Chipset
9.6
Intel Chipset
Chipset Installation Utility 9.1.0.1007
Nvidia Forceware
15.26
Nvidia Graphics
186.18
Intel Matrix Storage
8.7.0.1007
AMD RAIDXpert
2.4.1540


The Test Drives: 6x Intel X25-E Flash SSDs

Intel’s X25-E professional flash SSD has been the premier choice for high-end PC and workstation solutions due to its impressively high performance, both in throughput and I/O performance. Many other flash SSDs might be capable of delivering the same and even more than the 200 MB/s throughput, but most cannot maintain Intel’s high write performance, low latencies, and I/O performance numbers, which are still unmatched. The X25-E has a downside, though: it still costs several hundred dollars for today’s 32 or 64 GB models. Maximum performance comes at the expense of capacity.

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