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Crucial MX100 512GB 3-Drive SSD RAID Report

By: Jon Coulter | RAID in Storage | Posted: Jan 31, 2015 3:11 am

ATTO

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2.47

 

ATTO is a timeless benchmark used to provide manufacturers with data used for marketing storage products.

 

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Sequential read transfers max out at 1.383 GB/s. Sequential write transfers max out at 1.283 GB/s.

 

Sequential Write

 

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Sequential write performance is better than the erratic performance of our Q Series Pro array, but falls slightly behind the rest of the arrays on our chart.

 

Sequential Read

 

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IMFT NAND based arrays like our MX100 array and our Intel 730 array, fall behind the rest of the arrays on our chart in this test.

 

 

Anvil Storage Utilities

 

Version and / or Patch Used: RC6

 

Anvil's Storage Utilities is a storage benchmark designed to measure the storage performance of SSDs. The Standard Storage Benchmark performs a series of tests; you can run a full test, or just the read or write test, or you can run a single test, i.e. 4k QD16.

 

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This is the second best performance we've obtained from a three-drive array running on Windows 8.1. Sequential read performance in this test is exceeding our ATTO results. This is an awesome score, but not awesome enough to challenge our 850 Pro array. The only PCIe drive we've had in the lab that can exceed this performance is Intel's NVMe based DC P3700 PCIe SSD, and that drive will set you back about $2500.

 

Read IOPS through Queue Depth Scale

 

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Random read performance of our MX100 array leads that of our Q Series Pro array, but comes in lower than the rest of the arrays on our chart.

 

Write IOPS through Queue Scale

 

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Random write performance is where our MX100 array delivers the goods. All of our arrays, with the exception of our Q Series Pro array, reach maximum performance at QD4. It's hard to say whether our MX100 array or our 850 Pro array is the winner, because while the 850 Pro array has the highest QD1 and QD4 performance, the MX100 is beating it at every other QD. Our Q Series Pro array continues to deliver erratic synthetic performance.

 

 

CrystalDiskMark

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 3.0 Technical Preview

 

CrystalDiskMark is disk benchmark software that allows us to benchmark 4k and 4k queue depths with accuracy.

 

Note: Crystal Disk Mark 3.0 Technical Preview was used for these tests since it offers the ability to measure native command queuing at QD4.

 

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These are some nice looking numbers, especially the numbers corresponding with write. Drives with the best write performance tend to be the best overall performers; we will see if this holds true when we move to real-world simulations.

 

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Breaking down read performance reveals our MX100 array performing in the middle of the pack, which is quite good for an array with 16nm class NAND.

 

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Write performance is excellent across the board; our MX100 array is trading blows with our 850 Pro array and our Intel 730 array for supremacy.

 

 

AS SSD

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.7.4739.38088

 

AS SSD determines the performance of Solid-State Drives (SSD). The tool contains four synthetic, as well as three practice tests. The synthetic tests determine the sequential and random read and write performance of the SSD.

 

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Read performance of our MX100 array is lagging behind the rest of our arrays. Most of this is due to the inherent lower performance of 16nm NAND at 4K-64 Thread. Write performance is exceptional, as we've been seeing, and second only to our V-NAND powered 850 Pro array. Let's move on to our light usage model simulations, and see what our MX100 array can deliver.

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