Test Setup, Access Times, Interface
|CPU||Intel Core i7-920 (45 nm, 2.66 GHz, 8MB L2 Cache)|
|Motherboard (Socket 1366)||Supermicro X8SAX Revision: 1.0, 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/150, 8MB Cache|
|Power Supply||OCZ EliteXstream 800W, OCZ800EXS-EU|
|Performance Measurements||h2benchw 3.13PCMark Vantage 1.0|
|IO Performance||IOMeter 2008.08.18Fileserver-BenchmarkWebstation-BenchmarkWorkstation-BenchmarkStreamingPCMark Vantage 1.0 ReadsStreaming Writes4k Random Reads4k Random Writes|
We decided to compare the RAIDDrive to Fusion-io’s ioDrive and the cheaper ioXtreme, as these can be considered direct competitors, rather than individual flash SSDs. For the sake of comparison, we also added Intel’s X25-M G2 drive.
Results: Access Time, Interface Bandwidth
The .14 to .18 ms access time is clearly longer than what we’ve seen on other flash drives, but still fast enough for most needs.
We measured almost 1 GB/s peak throughput, faster than any of the other solutions tested here.