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Mushkin Reactor 512GB SATA III SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Sep 17, 2015 1:12 am
TweakTown Rating: 87%Manufacturer: Mushkin

70/30 Mixed Workload Test (Sledgehammer)

 

Version and / or Patch Used: Iometer 2014

 

Heavy Workload Model

 

This test hammers a drive so hard we've dubbed it "Sledgehammer". Our 70/30 Mixed Workload test is designed to simulate a heavy-duty enthusiast/workstation steady-state environment. We feel that a mix of 70% read/30% write, full random 4K transfers best represents this type of user environment. Our test allows us to see the drive enter into and reach a steady state as the test progresses.

 

Phase one of the test preconditions the drive for 1 hour with 128K sequential writes. Phase two of the test runs a 70% read/30% write, full random 4K transfer workload on the drive for 1 hour. We log and chart (phase two) IOPS data at 5-second intervals for 1 hour (720 data points). 60 data points = 5 minutes.

 

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What we like about this test is that it reflects reality. Everything lines up, as it should. Consumer drives don't outperform Enterprise-Class SSD's that were designed for enterprise workloads. Consumer drives based on old technology are not outperforming modern Performance-Class SSD's, etc.

 

The results of this test reinforce what we saw from our PCMark 8 Extended testing. The BX100's OP and / or firmware is more conducive to heavy workloads in a steady state than the Reactor. The Reactor is able to outperform the Ignite and the Trion, but again 20nm flash is the clear winner with the TeraNova outperforming the test pool with heavy workloads in a steady state.

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