Passmark Advanced Multi-User Tests
Many users complain that I/O Meter is too complicated of a benchmark to replicate results so my quest to find an alternative was started. Passmark has added several multi-user tests that measure a hard drives ability to operate in a multi-user environment.
The tests use different settings to mimic basic multi-user operations as they would play out on your server. Variances is read / write percentage as well as random / sequential reads are common in certain applications, Web Servers read nearly 100% of the time while Database Servers write a small amount of data.
The Workstation test is the only single user environment and will be similar to how you use your system at home.
One area that I have observed a high variation in performance with the Indilinx Barefoot firmware revisions was the Web and File Server Tests. The first time I noticed near 100MB/s results in the File Server Test, I needed to run it again to verify what I was seeing.
For the most part performance has stayed steady from the 1819 firmware to 1916. Both perform much faster now than the 1571 firmware that we tested with back in May.
Since most file, web and database servers run in parity RAID like RAID 5 or 6, the latest garbage collection firmware would allow the drives to stay close to out of the box performance with the 1916 firmware.
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