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Putting SATA 3.0 to Work with Areca ARC-1880i and Crucial C300 256GB SSDs - Final Thoughts

We love uber impressive performance. We love pushing standards. Today we do that by putting SATA3 to the test with four Crucial C300 256GB SSDs and an Areca ARC-1880i controller. Rock on! (NASDAQ:MU)

| RAID in Storage | Posted: Nov 19, 2010 12:03 pm

Final Thoughts

 

So, I think we successfully put SATA 3.0 to the test, wouldn't you agree?

 

With the help of the friendly folks from Areca and Crucial, we managed to build a storage sub-system capable of transferring data at over 1300MB/s. Sure, some may argue and say that this type of performance is over the top and a little ridiculous - but a big "meh" over to you, because that is what we are all about here at TweakTown. Showing you people, our readers, the type of performance one can attain from the right setup and a couple pay checks or so.

 

While the big numbers like 1300MB/s are impressive, they should really only be considered truly impressive and valuable if one can hit these types of numbers in a real-world environment and not just in a benchmarking session.

 

You need another drive array or some sort of speedy target at the other end, which is just as fast when transferring data, to see it. Having said that, though, with such great bandwidth at your mercy, your system is never going to slow down, and it will just keep smiling back at you asking for more. For instance, you have numerous simultaneous data transfers on the go to USB 3.0, eSATA and other internal drives and your 1300MB/s of goodness all of a sudden makes sense.

 

Again, discounting the big numbers for a moment (argh... I keep thinking about them!), let's consider the smaller performance numbers in our tests this time. For example, take a look at the stunning 4K performance of this setup. We saw random 4K writes of 115MB/s, and that is truly incredible, because it blows everything else away we have seen in the past. It provides a desktop experience that is utterly smooth and silky. Everything loads in a snap - kind of like it was already running and sitting in the system cache for quick access the next time around you load the program.

 

Suffice to say, we really put SATA 3.0 to work today and I hope you enjoyed this article. If you have comments, feel free to post them below. Until next time when we come back and smash these performance storage numbers with the next great setup, probably sometime in 2011!

 

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