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SSDs In RAID: A Performance Scaling Analysis

SATA Bottleneck: 3 Gb/s Is Not Enough

We decided to use the LSI 9280-24i4e RAID controller in order to investigate the SSD RAID scalability without restrictions. The 24 SATA and four SAS ports of the LSI controller are enough for the professional focus of this article, as is the eight-lane PCI Express 2.0 interface sporting a theoretical data rate of 4000 MB/s. The bandwidth per port is 6 Gb/s, raising the speed limit of the old 3 Gb/s SATA.

In addition to the controller, we also installed the FastPath software from LSI, which claims to significantly increase the I/O access speed of the connected SSDs. LSI is not very outspoken about just how this works, cryptically mentioning special low-level access to the SSDs. But it works with any flash-based system and maximizes write and read performance. LSI wants to achieve a 2.5-fold increase in write performance compared to an unaccelerated system, and twice the read performance.

  • campb292
    Ask GR what he thinks.
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  • mrbongal007
    hi, pls help in understanding how are you getting 1000 MB/s performance on a sata3 port/lane which gives max of 600MB/s. if the answer is raid striping across 5 lanes then potentially we can get this performance on a sata2 port as well since each lane is being taxed to appx 200MB/s. appreciate your help in understanding this. thanks.
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  • oxxfatelostxxo
    OutPut is through a pci x8 slot. Max transfer of 6gb/s I think. The sata 2 max is per channel for each drive. Not a combined max
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  • chefboyeb
    I guess i would be better off adding 2 more ocz vertex ssds to my existing 3 ssd raid 0 setup afterall... I was concerned about the limitations of motherboard, but not anymore... Thanks
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  • oxxfatelostxxo
    ... The motherboard will Max out. You need a raid card to see those speeds
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  • saymi
    Sasmsung!
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  • maybe is just me only.
    3 reason hold me back moving HD to SSD.
    1st. money VS pre GB.
    2nd. the technology is mature enough to keep that real speed in stabilize performance.
    3rd. RAID support in SSD still in wonderland.
    conclusion. all the read/write speed in the benchmark is full of BS, but if you can maintain the driver is reading purpose only but never erase and delete any old data and rewrite new files into it. and you are a heavily download user. you will lost the speed advance reading/writing in a SSD over a traditional HD. SSD is pretty fast only in a fresh windows install for the first time. it will lose speed performance in time and you have to do another fresh reinstall again and again.
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  • 2nd. the technology is not mature enough to keep that real speed in stabilize performance.
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  • nebun
    oxxfatelostxxo... The motherboard will Max out. You need a raid card to see those speedsor just use an PCIE SSD like the revodrive x2 :) no limit
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  • parpanghel
    Yeah right, SASMSUNG drives are the best :-} too much souce last night my fren' ?
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