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Crucial MX200 500GB 2-Drive SSD RAID Report

By: Jon Coulter | RAID in Storage | Posted: Mar 16, 2015 2:10 pm

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 1.001 GB/s. Sequential write transfers max out at 0.959 GB/s.

 

Sequential Write

 

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Our MX200 arrays sequential write performance ramps up faster than the rest of the arrays on our chart. Our 850 Pro array though, is the clear winner of this test.

 

Sequential Read

 

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Sequential read performance of our MX200 array is near the bottom of the charts in this test; however, this means very little as you will see.

 

Anvil Storage Utilities

 

Version and / or Patch Used: RC6

 

Anvil's Storage Utilities is a storage benchmark designed to measure the storage performance of SSD's. 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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Any time a two-drive array can hit 10,000 points with Windows 8.1, this indicates a very powerful array. This is the second best performance by any array we've tested to date.

 

Read IOPS through Queue Depth Scale

 

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Random read performance is not where 16nm IMFT NAND shines. Our MX200 array finishes in the bottom half of the arrays on our chart.

 

Write IOPS through Queue Scale

 

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Our MX200 array starts and finishes ahead of the rest of the arrays on our chart. Most importantly random write performance at QD1 is superior to any array we've tested to date.

 

 

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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Our MX200 Array has the best 4K QD1 write performance of any array running on Windows 8.1 to come through the lab to date. This is what we consider the most important performance metric, so there is no doubt that the MX200 is a beast.

 

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Breaking down read performance reveals our MX200 array outperforming our MX100 array in all categories except for sequential. The one weak point, if you could call it that, is 4K QD32. 4K QD32 is the least important category next to sequential performance, so we're not worried about that in the least. Sequential performance although not the fastest is still great, faster than our 850 Pro array.

 

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Write performance is where our MX200 array shines. It's more important than read. Overall our MX200 is able to outperform our MX100 array. In the category we consider most important, 4K QD1, our MX200 array leaves the other arrays on our chart in the dust. This is a good indicator that write transfer rates will be outstanding.

 

 

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 are to determine the sequential and random read and write performance of the SSD.

 

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Both our MX100 and MX200 arrays have the lowest score on the chart, but that is because they are the only drives equipped with 16nm NAND. 16nm NAND does not deliver as good of performance with random reads at high QD where so much of the total score is derived. When we take a closer look though, we see what we've seen all along, our MX200 array writes better than any array to come across our bench to date. Again, we see proof that Crucial has been able to crank up performance a notch in comparison to the MX100 it is replacing.

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