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Intel 750 1.2TB NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 AIC SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | PCIe in Storage | Posted: Apr 2, 2015 4:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Intel

Maxed-Out Performance

 

This is where we show you what our test subjects performance looks like when powered by the fastest operating system with regard to storage ever made; Windows Server 2008. This is the exact same hardware just an OS change.

 

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You can't get performance like this from Windows 8 or 8.1. You can get very close with Windows 7, but nothing performs as well as Server 2008 when it comes to solid state storage. 4K write performance is vastly superior on Server 2008 and Windows 7 in comparison to Windows 8, 8.1 or Server 2012.

 

All of this testing made us wonder... Could we hit one million IOPS with one 8 thread CPU and three NVMe drives on a consumer platform? We've never seen or heard of this being accomplished before. We happen to have on hand two DC P3700's, one 800GB and one 1.6TB, and the 750 is nearly as fast. Why not give it a try?

 

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First, we tried with Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter as our OS. We tried both soft RAID and creating a pooled virtual disk out of our three unmatched NVMe drives (soft RAID was faster by the way), but ultimately we were unable to hit one million IOPS. Next, we switched OS's to Server 2008 R2 Datacenter and created a soft RAID array from of our 3 NVMe drives. Once again, we were reminded that Server 2008 is the fastest Windows OS for storage ever made.

 

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The first time, and every time we tried, we were able to hit 1.1+ million IOPS. This could never be accomplished on a single CPU with AHCI interfaced drives.

 

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900,000 write IOPS

 

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5400 MB/s

 

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25000 Points

 

Needless to say, the next thing we want to see is bootable PCIe RAID. This makes us wonder if we can hit one million IOPS with three 750's? We certainly think we can.

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