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Techman XC100E5C 1.6TB Enterprise PCIe NVMe SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | PCIe SSDs in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jul 1, 2016 4:20 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Techman SSD

Final Thoughts

 

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Techman is looking to penetrate the enterprise SSD market, and we believe they are off to a good start with their XC100 series PCIe NVMe SSDs. We are pleasantly surprised that Techman's XC100E5C is capable of outperforming Samsung's potent XS1715 NVMe PCIe SSD in most of our testing. Techman's engineering team has been able to take the blank slate that is Microsemi's Princeton NVMe controller and design an SSD with performance characteristics that are most desirable for the datacenter ecosystem.

 

 

Comparing Techman's XC100E5C with Intel's DC P3700 reveals that the XC100E5C is better suited for read-centric workloads than the DC P3700. This is what we would expect to see. The XC100E5C possesses significantly better sequential read performance, the P3700 significantly better sequential write performance. This carried over into our mixed workload testing where we saw the P3700 deliver better performance with mixed workloads that involve large doses of random writes mixed in with random reads. Looking at our web server testing which is 100% random read, we see that the XC100E5C possesses a distinct advantage over Intel's P3700 and even a slight advantage over Samsung's XS1715 at queue depths of 128-256.

 

We were blown away by the performance we got from a two-drive Techman XC100E5C array. Compared to Intel's monster DC P3608, our two-drive XC100E5C array delivered vastly superior performance. The array scaled exceptionally well, with the lone exception of pure 4K random reads at QD128-256. Aside from that lone exception, the array delivered 97% to 128% more performance at QD256 in comparison to a single XC100E5C.

 

Overall, Techman's XC100E5C performs at or above expectation, has a robust data protection features, a high TBW rating and a rich enterprise-class feature set. Optional AES 256-bit encryption assures data security. Techman's XC100E5C possesses everything required for a superior datacenter SSD. Techman's XC100E5C 1.6TB NVMe HHHL AIC is TweakTown recommended.

 

Pros:

 

  • Available as HHL AIC and U.2 versions
  • Sequential Read/Write
  • Data Protection Scheme

 

Cons:

 

  • Outlying IOs

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance90%
Performance Consistency85%
General Features95%
Value for Money90%
Quality, Design, Build and Warranty90%
Overall TweakTown Rating90%

The Bottom Line: Techman's XC100E5C 1.6TB HHHL AIC delivers robust performance, has a rich feature set, and high TWB rating; all for about $2 per gigabyte.

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