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PNY Optima 240GB 2-Drive SSD RAID Report

By: Jon Coulter | RAID in Storage | Posted: Feb 17, 2015 3:12 pm



Version and / or Patch Used: 2.47


ATTO is a timeless benchmark used to provide manufacturers with data used for marketing storage products.




Sequential read transfers max out at 1.047 GB/s, and sequential write transfers max out at .599 GB/s.


Sequential Write




Sequential write performance of the Optima array is significantly lower than the rest of the arrays on our chart.


Sequential Read




Sequential read performance is quite good; it is nearly equal to our MX100 array. IMFT NAND based arrays like our Optima array, the MX100 array, and the Intel 730 array, all fall behind the Toshiba flash based arrays on our chart in this test.



Anvil Storage Utilities


Version and / or Patch Used: RC6


Anvil's Storage Utilities is a storage benchmark designed to measure the storage performance of SSD's. The Standard Storage Benchmark performs a series of tests; you can run a full test, or just the read or write test, or you can run a single test, i.e. 4k QD16.




This is a low score. Most notably, the write performance is lagging, resulting in low scoring.


Read IOPS through Queue Depth Scale




Random read performance of our Optima is better than our Q series Pro array at QD1-QD2, but after that, our Optima array falls behind the rest of the arrays on our chart.


Write IOPS through Queue Scale




Our Optima array has good performance at QD1 (which is the most important category), but at every other measured point, the rest of the arrays on our chart leave it in the dust.





Version and / or Patch Used: 3.0 Technical Preview


CrystalDiskMark is disk benchmark software that allows us to benchmark 4k and 4k queue depths with accuracy.


Note: Crystal Disk Mark 3.0 Technical Preview was used for these tests since it offers the ability to measure native command queuing at QD4.




4K QD1 write performance stands out on this screenshot, but the rest is relatively unimpressive.




Breaking down read performance reveals our Optima array outperformed our MX100 array at 4K QD32, but lost handily in every other category. Keep in mind, synthetic performance is not always a good indicator of real-world performance.




The Optima 240GB maxes out at about 320 MB/s when writing sequential data, so naturally, a pair is going to reach about double that score. This is significantly lower than the rest of the arrays on our chart; however, sequential performance is least important in an operating system environment where random performance reigns supreme. Looking at QD1 performance, we see our Optima array is able to edge out our 600 Pro array, but falls behind the rest of the arrays on our chart. QD4 performance places our Optima array in the middle of the pack, and QD32 performance lags behind all of the arrays on our chart. We will have to see how this translates into real-world performance.





Version and / or Patch Used: 1.7.4739.38088


AS SSD determines the performance of Solid-State Drives (SSD). The tool contains four synthetic, as well as three practice tests. The synthetic tests determine the sequential and random read and write performance of the SSD.






Our Optima array rounds out our synthetic testing with the lowest overall score of all the arrays on our chart. However, when we dig a little deeper, we can see that it is able to outscore our MX100 array in the read category, and outscore our Toshiba Q series Pro array with its write score.

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