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Intel Optane SSD 900P 280GB & 480GB AIC NVMe PCIe SSD Review (Page 9)

By Jon Coulter from Nov 20, 2017 @ 8:00 CST
TweakTown Rating: 100%Manufacturer: Intel

70/30 Mixed Workload Test (Sledgehammer)

Version and / or Patch Used: Iometer 2014

Heavy Workload Model

This test hammers a drive so hard we've dubbed it "Sledgehammer." Our 70/30 Mixed Workload test is designed to simulate a heavy-duty enthusiast/workstation steady-state environment. We feel that a mix of 70% read/30% write, full random 4K transfers best represents this type of user environment. Our test allows us to see the drive enter into and reach a steady state as the test progresses.

Phase one of the test preconditions the drive for 1 hour with 128K sequential writes at QD32. Phase two of the test runs a 70% read/30% write at QD32, full random 4K transfer workload on the drive for 1 hour. We log and chart (phase two) IOPS data at 5-second intervals for 1 hour (720 data points). 60 data points = 5 minutes.

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What we like about this test is that it reflects reality. Everything lines up, as it should. Consumer drives don't outperform Enterprise-Class SSDs that were designed for enterprise workloads. Consumer drives based on old technology are not outperforming modern Performance-Class SSDs, etc.

More than any other test we've run, this test best illustrates the advantage 3D XPoint memory has over NAND. Unlike NAND, 3D XPoint is unaffected by the state of the drive during a workload. The 900P turns our Sledgehammer into a Qtip.

Sustained Sequential Write

Version and / or Patch Used: Iometer 2014

Heavy Workload Model

We write to the drive for 1 hour with 128K sequential writes at QD32. We log and chart megabytes per second data at 5-second intervals for 1 hour (720 data points). 60 data points = 5 minutes.

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At QD32, the 900P surprises us by delivering a higher sustained sequential write rate than Samsung's 960 Pro.

PRICING: You can find the product discussed for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:

USUnited States: The Intel Optane SSD 900P Series (280GB, AIC PCIe x4, 3D XPoint) retails for $254.99 at Amazon.com

UKUnited Kingdom: The Intel ® SSDPED1D280GASX Optane retails for £294.36 at Amazon.co.uk

CACanada: The Intel Optane SSD 900P 280GB & 480GB AIC NVMe PCIe SSD retails for $466.52 CAD at Amazon.ca

DEDeutschland: Finde andere Technik- und Computerprodukte wie dieses auf Amazon.de

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