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SanDisk Extreme II 120GB RAID 0 SSD Report - Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage

SanDisk Extreme II 120GB RAID 0 SSD Report
Two or more of SanDisk's Extreme II Hyper-Class 120GB SSD's and your Intel based motherboard is a cost effective way to experience RAID 0 bliss. Think of it as SLI for your storage. (NASDAQ:SNDK)
By: | RAID in Storage | Posted: Oct 7, 2013 8:01 am

PCMark Vantage - Hard Disk Tests

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.2.0.0

Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com

Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/pcmarkvantage

 

 

PCMark Vantage is the first objective hardware performance benchmark for PCs running 32 and 64 bit versions of Microsoft Windows Vista. PCMark Vantage is perfectly suited for benchmarking any type of Microsoft Windows Vista PC from multimedia home entertainment systems and laptops to dedicated workstations and high-end gaming rigs. Regardless of whether the benchmarker is an artist or an IT Professional, PCMark Vantage shows the user where their system soars or falls flat, and how to get the most performance possible out of their hardware. PCMark Vantage is easy enough for even the most casual enthusiast to use yet supports in-depth, professional industry grade testing.

 

The reason we like PCMark Vantage is because the recorded traces are played back without system stops. What we see is the raw performance of the drive. This allows us to see a marked difference between scoring that other trace based benchmarks do not exhibit. An example of a marked difference in scoring on the same drive would be empty vs. filled vs. steady state.

 

We run Vantage 3 ways. The first run is with the OS drive/Array 75% full to simulate a lightly used OS volume filled with data to an amount we feel is common for most users. The second run is with the OS volume written into a "Steady State" utilizing SNIA's guidelines (Rev 1.1). Steady state testing simulates a drive/arrays performance similar to that of a drive/array that has been subjected to consumer workloads for extensive amounts of time. The third run is a Vantage HDD test with the test drive/array attached as an empty lightly used secondary device.

 

 

OS Volume 75% full - Lightly Used

 

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OS Volume 75% full - Steady State

 

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Secondary Volume Empty - Lightly Used

 

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As you can see, there's a big difference between an empty drive/array and one that's 75% full/used and one that's in a steady state.

 

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Running 64K stripes, both our 2 drive and 3 drive arrays nearly double the performance of our single drive. This is our go to test for evaluating one drive/arrays performance vs. another.

 

The important scores to pay attention to are "OS Volume Steady State" and, "OS Volume 75% full". These two categories are most important because they are indicative of typical of consumer based user states.

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