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Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB & 960GB SATA III SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jun 17, 2016 4:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Corsair

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.

 

More evidence that double the DRAM cache definitely benefits heavy workload scenarios. Although not charted, previously tested S10 powered SSDs do not display the tight consistent pattern we are seeing from the Neutron's; they instead display a pattern similar to what we see from Mushkin's Reactor. The Neutron's again handily outperform Samsung's 850 series SSDs.

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