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ZOTAC Sonix 480GB NVMe PCIe AIC SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | PCIe in Storage | Posted: Mar 22, 2016 7:03 pm
TweakTown Rating: 87%Manufacturer: ZOTAC

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 SSDs that were designed for enterprise workloads. Consumer drives based on old technology are not outperforming modern Performance-Class SSDs, etc.

 

Intel's 750 dominates this brutal test. The Sonix delivers very good performance, for the most part on par with the Samsung 950 Pro 512GB. The Sonix does display a lot more variability than the rest of the drives in our test pool, but its average performance is good enough for second place.

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