Can The Flash-Based ioDrive Redefine Storage Performance?

Test Setup, Access Time

We compared the Fusion-io drive with another popular SLC-based flash SSD, Samsung’s 64 GB flash SSD, both in a standalone arrangement and configured in RAID 0 to increase performance. Intel’s X25-M and other flash SSDs weren’t included, as they are not based on the faster SLC flash memory, and they aren’t aimed at business or enterprise customers. You can check out the benchmark results in the following articles if interested:

Intel’s First Flash SSD Ready for Vertical Takeoff

14-Way SSD Drive Roundup

Will SSDs Take Over the Enterprise?

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System Hardware
ProcessorsIntel Core 2 Duo E8500 (45nm, 3.16 GHz, 6 MB L2 Cache)
PlatformGigabyte P45T-Extreme, Rev 1.0, Intel P45 Chipset, BIOS 1710
RAM4 x 1 GB DDR-1066 Crucial BL12864BA1608
System Hard DriveSeagate Barracuda 7200.980 GB, 7,200 RPM, 8 MB Cache, SATA/300
Mass Storage Controller(s)82801JIR ICH10 RAID (ICH10R)
Graphics CardATI Radeon HD 3850
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Performance Measurementsh2benchw 3.6
I/O PerformanceIOMeter 2003.05.10, Fileserver-Benchmark, Webserver-Benchmark, Database-Benchmark, Workstation-Benchmark
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System Software and Drivers
OSMicrosoft Windows Server Standard x64 SP1
Platform DriverIntel Chipset Installation Utility
Graphics DriverRadeon 8.11
Fusion-io DriverRelease

Access time is probably the least interesting benchmark result, but the Fusion-io beats the Samsung and Mtron Flash SSDs by a significant margin here.