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Fujitsu FSXtreme 240GB SLC SSD Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Nov 26, 2014 9:15 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific

Futuremark PCMark 8 Extended - Consistency Test

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2.0.228

 

Heavy Usage Model:

 

Futuremark's PCMark 8 allows us to wear the test drive down to a reasonable consumer steady state, and then watch the drive recover on its own through garbage collection. To do that, the drive gets pushed down to steady state with random writes, and then idle time between a number of tests allows the drive to recover.

 

Precondition Phase:

1. Write to the drive sequentially through up to the reported capacity with random data.

2. Write the drive through a second time (to take care of overprovisioning).

 

Degradation Phase:

1. Run writes of random size between 8*512 and 2048*512 bytes on random offsets for ten minutes.

2. Run performance test (one pass only).

3. Repeat one and two, eight times, and on each pass, increase the duration of random writes by five minutes.

 

Steady state Phase:

1. Run writes of random size between 8*512 and 2048*512 bytes on random offsets for 50 minutes.

2. Run performance test (one pass only).

3. Repeat one and two, five times.

 

Recovery Phase:

1. Idle for five minutes.

2. Run performance test (one pass only).

3. Repeat one and two, five times.

 

PCMark 8's Consistency test provides a ton of data output that we use to judge a drive's performance. Here we see the three states of performance for select SSDs: light use, consumer steady state, and worst case.

 

Storage Bandwidth - All Tests

 

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Storage Bandwidth - Heavy Load

 

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The heavy workload test shows that the Fujitsu FSXtreme 240GB is the second fastest 256GB class SSD on the market today under heavy load. The only drive faster is the SanDisk Extreme PRO 240GB.

Storage Bandwidth - Typical Consumer Load

 

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Under typical consumer workloads, the FSXtreme 240GB remains very fast, but a couple of lower price value drives manage to perform a little faster thanks to advanced cache schemes.

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