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Exclusive Review of PhotoFast's G-Monster-PROMISE (1000MB/s) 128GB PCIe SSD - Test System Setup and ATTO Baseline

PhotoFast takes RAID to a whole new level and strikes at Fusion-io.

By: | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Aug 1, 2009 5:15 am
TweakTown Rating: 87%Manufacturer: PhotoFast

Test System


Processors: AMD Opteron 2356 (2.3GHz Quad-Core) x2


Motherboard: Tyan S2915-E (Supplied by Tyan)


Memory: Kingston KVR667D2S4P5/2G x4 (Supplied by Kingston)


Graphics Card: XFX 8800 GTX (Supplied by XFX USA)


Enclosure: Lian Li V2000


Cooling: Noctua NH-U12DO (Supplied by Noctua)


SATA Controller: Areca ARC-1231ML (Supplied by Areca)


SAS Controller: Areca ARC-1680i (Supplied by Areca)


Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate X64


Today we are comparing the PhotoFast G-Monster - PROMISE PCIe SSD to other recent solid state drives that we have tested.


Exclusive Review of PhotoFast's G-Monster-PROMISE (1000MB/s) 128GB PCIe SSD


The G-Monster - PROMISE PCIe SSD uses a Promise EX6850 RAID controller. You can see the controllers information in the image above.


Exclusive Review of PhotoFast's G-Monster-PROMISE (1000MB/s) 128GB PCIe SSD


There are four 32GB solid state drives inside running in a RAID 0 array. I left all of the controller settings as they ship from the factory.


ATTO Baseline Performance


Version and / or Patch Used: 2.34


ATTO is used by many disk manufacturers to determine the read and write speeds that will be presented to customers.


Exclusive Review of PhotoFast's G-Monster-PROMISE (1000MB/s) 128GB PCIe SSD


ATTO gives us all kinds of information this time around. The most obvious comes in the middle of the graph where we see the RAID controller's cache really helping out quite a bit with the write speeds. This is a reversal of what we would normally see. With most solid state drives the read speed is quite a bit faster than the write in this area.


ATTO is used by many companies to come up with a product's advertised speeds, but PhotoFast must have either used a different program or a model with larger drives, because we only achieved right around 530 MB/s for both read and write speeds. Let's move on so we can get to some real performance numbers.


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