Solid state storage is the most important performance component found in a modern system today. Without it, you do not even have a performance system.
We will be updating our benching regimen and report format over the next few months. Some of the benchmarks we've been using have already been, or will be, replaced with new benchmarks that drill down deeper into the meaning of real-world performance.
Like I stated at the beginning of this Report, SanDisk's Extreme II is a drive that we've reviewed extensively here at TweakTown. We've seen it break many a lab record, but those were much less meaningful than the record it broke today. Our opinion of what it really means for a drive to be considered a top performer has been and continues to evolve. Like most, at one time or another, we have been enamored by "Benchmark Babes" and believed drives like the 840 Pro could deliver the best performance. That day has come and gone. What matters to us now is what a drive's performance is going to look like after a year of getting beat to hell by an Enthusiast/Power User type workload.
Futuremark's Extended Consistency test is really the gold standard of benchmarks for determining how well an SSD is going to perform for the long haul when subjected to the heavy duty workloads most of our readers will subject their NV storage to. This test also clearly shows you the tremendous advantage RAID 0 brings to the table when heavy duty processing is the order of the day.
We pitted the Extreme II against the other two drives we now consider the fastest SATA based drives that have come across our bench. The Extreme II delivered the best Trace-Based Steady State performance of any drives we've tested to date. We feel Steady State performance while running a consumer based workload is THE most relevant metric available for establishing a drive versus drive ranking. Right now, and for what will undoubtedly be a fleeting moment, SanDisk's Extreme II is TweakTown's RAID performance champion. If you want the best, you can't do much better than an Extreme II.
As mentioned, SanDisk is sponsoring a TweakTown contest where five lucky TweakTown readers will win a brand new 240GB Extreme II. Be sure to enter the contest as soon as possible.
RAIDing two or more drives together provides you with storage that takes performance to the next level and is something I recommend you try. Think of it as the SLI of storage. Once you go RAID, there's no going back.
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United States: The SanDisk Extreme II (240GB) retails for $172.00 at Amazon.
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