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Samsung 830 Series 128GB Solid State Drive Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jan 24, 2012 6:13 am
TweakTown Rating: 84%Manufacturer: Samsung

Passmark Advanced Multi-User Tests


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Many users complain that I/O Meter is too complicated of a benchmark to replicate results so my quest to find an alternative was started. Passmark has added several multi-user tests that measure a hard drives ability to operate in a multi-user environment.



The tests use different settings to mimic basic multi-user operations as they would play out on your server. Variances is read / write percentage as well as random / sequential reads are common in certain applications, Web Servers read nearly 100% of the time while Database Servers write a small amount of data.


The Workstation test is the only single user environment and will be similar to how you use your system at home.




Normally we don't pay a lot of attention to these server level tests on consumer drives, but the Samsung 830 isn't exactly what we would call normal. Earlier we told you that the Samsung Magician software allows you to change the amount of spare area on the drive. By changing the spare area to 50% you match some of the other server SSDs on the market like the Intel 710 Series. That increases the drives reliability and endurance. The high idle garbage collection that takes place increases write amplification, but the increase in spare area would help with this.


We are also looking at this drives very high performance in the Web Server test and find it of particular interest. When you mix the two together and factor in the low consumer SSD price the 830 Series could start to look very attractive in some server level scenarios where more reading is performed than writing.

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