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Seagate 600 Pro 200GB 2-Drive SSD RAID Report

By: Jon Coulter | RAID in Storage | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 2:05 pm

Light Usage Model:

 

We are going to categorize these tests as indicative of a light workload. Typical laptop usage models fit perfectly into this category. If you utilize your computer for light workloads like browsing the web, checking emails, and office related tasks, then this category of results is most relevant for your needs.

 

PCMark Vantage - Hard Disk Tests

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.2.0.0

 

 

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 versus filled versus steady state.

 

We run Vantage three ways. The first run is with the OS drive/Array 75 percent 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, one that's 75 percent full/used, and one that's in a steady state.

 

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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 consumer user states.

 

When a drive/array is in a steady state, it means garbage collection is running at the same time it's reading/writing. There's a huge difference in performance between a single drive and a two-drive array. Our Seagate 600 Pro array manages to outperform our Extreme II and 600 Series arrays. Our Q series Pro and EVO arrays really outperform the rest in this round of testing.

 

 

PCMark 7 - System Storage

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.4.00

 

We will look to the Raw system storage scoring for RAID 0 evaluations because it's done without system stops and therefore allows us to see significant scoring differences between drives/arrays.

 

OS Volume 75% full - Lightly Used

 

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In a light usage scenario, our Seagate 600 Pro array is handily outperformed by the Q series Pro and the EVO arrays. Enthusiasts, however, typically do not fall into a light usage model category. The 600 Pro was designed for superior performance in heavy usage model scenarios.

 

 

PCMark 8 - Storage Bandwidth

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.2.157

 

 

We use the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark to test the performance of SSDs, HDDs, and hybrid drives with traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, and a selection of popular games. You can test the system drive or any other recognized storage device, including local external drives. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices.

 

OS Volume 75% full - Lightly Used

 

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Once again, our 600 Pro array can't catch Toshiba's Q Series Pro or Samsung's EVO. Our 600 Pro array again shows performance that's superior to our larger 600 series array despite the larger array's capacity advantage.

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