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Adaptec MaxIQ: Flash SSDs Boost RAID Performance
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Adaptec RAID 5805, Fujitsu SAS HDDs

Test Setup

System Hardware
Hardware
Details
CPU
Intel Core i7-920 (45nm, 2.66 GHz, 8MB L3 Cache)
Motherboard (Socket 1366)
Supermicro X8SAX
Revision: 1.1, Chipset: Intel X58 + ICH10R, BIOS: 1.0B
RAM
3 x 1GB DDR3-1333 Corsair CM3X1024-1333C9DHX
HDD
Seagate NL35 400GB
ST3400832NS, 7,200 RPM, SATA 1.5 Gb/s, 8MB Cache
Test HDD (x3)
Fujitsu MBA3147 147GB
15,000 RPM, SAS 3 Gb/s, 16MB Cache
RAID Adapter
Adaptec RAID 5805
Eight Port SAS Controller, Firmware Ver. 5.2.0 Build 17544
Adaptec MaxIQ SSD
ASM-00603-01-A-R (v2009.3 / v6.3), Intel X25-E 32GB
Power Supply
OCZ EliteXstream 800W
OCZ800EXS-EU
Benchmarks
I/O Performance
IOMeter 2006.07.27
Fileserver-Benchmark
Database-Benchmark
Webserver-Benchmark
Workstation-Benchmark
System Software and Drivers
Drivers
Details
Operating System
Windows Vista Ultimate SP1
Intel Chipset
Chipset Installation Utility 9.1.0.1007
AMD Graphics
Radeon 8.12
Intel Matrix Storage
8.7.0.1007


In order to analyze the benefits of a 32GB cache, we decided to limited the arrays in four increments: 5GB and 25GB capacities ensure that the 32GB cache can still buffer all the data on the hard drive-based RAID array, while 50GB and 100GB array sizes reflect the performance scenario if you’re working with larger arrays.

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