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Intel SSD 710 Tested: MLC NAND Flash Hits The Enterprise

Test Setup And Firmware Notes

Test Hardware
ProcessorIntel Core i5-2500K (Sandy Bridge), 32 nm, 3.3 GHz, LGA 1155, 6 MB Shared L3, Turbo Boost Enabled
MotherboardASRock Z68 Extreme4, BIOS v1.4
MemoryKingston Hyper-X 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1333 @ DDR3-1333, 1.5 V
System DriveOCZ Vertex 3 240 GB SATA 6Gb/s
Tested DrivesCrucial m4 64 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 0001
Intel SSD 510 250 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 1.7
Intel SSD 320 300 GB SATA 3Gb/s, Firmware: 1.92
Crucial m4 128 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 0001
Crucial m4 256 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 0002
Crucial m4 512 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 0001
Crucial RealSSD 256 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 0006
OCZ Vertex 3 240 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.06
OCZ Vertex 3 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.06
OCZ Agility 3 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.06
OCZ Solid 3 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.06
Corsair Force 3 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 1.2
Corsair Force 120 GB SATA 3Gb/s, Firmware: 2.0
Adata S511 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 311A
Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 319A
Patriot Wildfire 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 319A
Kingston SSDNow V+100 128 GB SATA 3Gb/s, Firmware: CJRA
Western Digital VelociRaptor 300 GB (WD3000HLFS) SATA 3Gb/s
G.Skill FM-25S2S 64 GB SATA 3Gb/s, Firmware: 02.1
Seagate Momentus 5400.6 500 GB SATA 3Gb/s
Intel X25-M G2 160 GB SATA 3Gb/s, Firmware: 1.7
Samsung 470 256 GB SATA 3Gb/s, Firmware: AXMO
Samsung 830 256 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: CXMO
OCZ Vertex 2 (32nm) 120 GB SATA 3Gb/s, Firmware: 1.32
Kingston HyperX 240 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 320A
Intel SSD 710 200 GB SATA 3Gb/s
Micron RealSSD P300 200 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 0001
Corsair Force GT 240 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 1.3
Kingston SSDNow V100 128 GB SATA 3Gb/s, Firmware: D110
GraphicsPalit GeForce GTX 460 1 GB
Power SupplySeasonic 760 W, 80 PLUS
System Software and Drivers
Operating SystemWindows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
DirectXDirectX 11
DriverGraphics: Nvidia 270.61 RST: 10.5.0.1022Virtu: 1.1.101

Benchmarks
Tom's Hardware Storage Bench v1.0Trace-Based
Iometer 1.1.0# Workers = # Logical CPUs, 4 KB Random: LBA=16 GB, varying QDs, 128 KB Sequential: QD=1
ATTO BenchmarkLBA=2 GB, QD=2 & 4, varying transfer sizes
PCMark 7Storage Suite
Enterprise Testing: Iometer WorkloadsReadRandomBlock SizeWorkers
Database67%100%8 KB - 100%4
File server80%100%512 Bytes – 10%1 KB – 5%2 KB – 5%4 KB – 60%8 KB – 2%16 KB – 4%32 KB – 4%64 KB – 10%4
Web server100%100%512 Bytes – 22%1 KB – 15%2 KB – 8%4 KB – 23%8 KB – 15%16 KB – 2%32 KB - 6%64 KB – 7%128 KB – 1%512 KB – 1%4