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Indilinx Barefoot Firmware Testing with the RunCore Pro IV SSD

By: Chris Ramseyer | Editorials in Storage | Posted: Mar 3, 2010 1:37 am
Manufacturer: RunCore

Test System


Motherboard: Gigabyte X58A-UD7 (Supplied by Gigabyte)
Processors: Intel 975 EE (Supplied by AVADirect)
Memory: Corsair Dominator 1600 MHz Triple Channel Kit
Graphics Card: Leadtek Quadro FX1700 (Supplied by Leadtek)
Enclosure: Lian Li V2000
Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 (Supplied by Noctua)
SAS Controller: LSI MegaRAID SAS 9260-8i (Supplied by LSI)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate X64


You can read more about TweakTown's Storage Product Testing Workstation and the procedures followed to test products in this article.


Today we are looking at the RunCore Pro IV solid state drive with three revisions of Indilinx Barefoot firmware. Over the last year Indilinx and their partners have worked very hard in getting the best performance and features built into their products.


It is important to remember the features that were implemented with each firmware revision tested and what they do. The 1819 FW added support for Windows 7 TRIM while the 1916 added onboard garbage collection. The entire time Indilinx has kept with their 64 MB of cache and with each new feature the demand on the drives cache system is increased and more of it is dedicated to other tasks like keeping track of the files you have deleted. Garbage collection is a process intensive task and takes place when the drive is sitting idle.


If you are running your drives in a RAID array garbage collection is the only way to keep performance at peak since the TRIM command cannot be sent to each drive at this time.


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