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Plextor M6V 256GB SATA III SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Nov 5, 2015 5:47 pm
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: Plextor

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.

 

Lack of OP is handicapping the M6V in this brutal test. The TeraNova and the SX930 both have a healthy dose of OP, and that makes a huge difference in this enterprise-class test. Even a little OP makes a big difference as evidenced by the BX100. The Reactor like the M6V has zero OP. The Trion is choking to death on TLC Flash even with plenty of OP.

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