Sequential Performance – HDTach, HDTune, File Copy, YAPT (sequential)
We are trying something different here. Folks tend to not like to click through pages and pages of benchmarks, so I'm going to weed out those that show little to no delta across different units (PCMark). I'm also going to group results performance trait tested. We'll start with sequential performance:
HD Tach will test the sequential read, random access and interface burst speeds of your attached storage device (hard drive, flash drive, removable drive, etc). All drive technologies such as SCSI, IDE/ATA, 1394, USB, SATA and RAID are supported. HDTach tests sequential performance by issuing reads in a manner that was optimized more for HDD access, but this unique method has proven useful in evaluating the sequential response time of SSDs. The accesses are relatively small in size (2k), and are issued with a single working thread (QD=1). The end result is that devices with relatively IO high latency will not reach their ultimate rated speed.
Despite much larger sequential throughput ratings, the Phoenix Blade and RevoDrive 350 are both stuck waiting on their SandForce controller latencies, and as a result they are both bested by nearly all modern (single) SATA SSDs. The P3700 was included as a taste of what is possible with an NVMe-based SSD. The difference in write/read speed ratio between the top two units can be explained by differences in the driver implementation and any hardware differences between SBC and VCA.
HDTune tests a similar level of features as compared with HDTach, but with a different access pattern. Thus provides us with an additional set of benchmark numbers to compare between storage configurations. CPU utilization has proven negligible with modern processing horsepower, and is no longer included. Additionally, we do not include write performance due to HDTune's write access pattern not playing nicely with most SSDs we have tested it on.
HDTune uses much larger block transfer sizes (when configured to do so). This enables throughput figures more representative of the true file transfer speed one would see under Windows. Here we see the Phoenix Blade eek out just a bit faster than the RevoDrive.
PCPer File Copy Test
Our custom PCPer-FC test does some fairly simple file creation and copy routines in order to test the storage system for speed. The script creates a set of files of varying sizes, times the creation process, then copies the same files to another partition on the same hard drive and times the copy process. There are four file sizes that we used to try and find any strong or weak points in the hardware: 10 files @ 1000 MB each, 100 files @ 100 MB each, 500 files @ 10 MB each and 1000 files at 1 MB each.
The tool that does the file creation does so in a single threaded manner, and as a result we see little advantage to the SandForce equipped units, even despite both of them being implemented as a quad-SSD RAID-0.
File copies uses the standard Windows copy, and the added threading of this operation lets the Phoenix Blade and RevoDrive 350 stretch their throughput muscle. In this test, they actually perform remarkably close to the P3700, which is quite impressive. The top two really are neck and neck in this test though, with no clear winner between the both of them.
YAPT (yet another performance test) is a benchmark recommended by a pair of drive manufacturers and was incredibly difficult to locate as it hasn't been updated or used in quite some time. That doesn't make it irrelevant by any means though, as the benchmark is quite useful. It creates a test file of about 100 MB in size and runs both random and sequential read and write tests with it while changing the data I/O size in the process. The misaligned nature of this test exposes the read-modify-write performance of SSDs and Advanced Format HDDs.
Despite its age, YAPT is able to give is fairly accurate throughput figures for multi-GB/sec transfers. With ultimate sequential speeds being limited by the SandForce controllers and Toshiba flash speed (identical in both units), it's no wonder OCZ and G.Skill are basically equal here.
That tramp stamp is a deal
That tramp stamp is a deal breaker
I resent that
I resent that
Dammit…I just spit my
Dammit…I just spit my coffee everywhere after reading that.
Agreed, this seems like it
Agreed, this seems like it would be good for a workstation build, but the cheesy graphic really makes it seem childish.
It’s inside your computer –
It’s inside your computer – who cares? It could be pink and have Hello Kitty all over it for all it matters.
The p3700’s wonky random
The p3700’s wonky random write YAPT test or similar tests are always amusing. That intel controller it uses is great, though it can be quite the special snowflake sometimes.
The wait for the p3500 continues…
according to amazon, it
according to amazon, it should be out in December.
I’ll be skipping it since I refuse to switch to Windows 8.
Why would you need
Why would you need to?
"Operating Systems: Windows 7 (64-bit)*, Windows 8, 64-bit*, Windows 8.1, 64-bit*, Windows Server 2008 R2*, Windows Server 2012 R2*, Windows Server 2012*"
I read here:
I read here:
that although you can use it with windows 7 once drivers are loaded, you cannot use it as a boot drive.
Was this incorrect?
IMO the price is still way
IMO the price is still way too high when I can RAID-0 4 SSDs and get similar performance. Even using 4x 128 GB 850 Pros is quite a bit cheaper ($40/512GB compared to $800/480GB), and those are premium drives with a 10-year warranty. I’d go with 256 GB drives which would give me a TB for the price of the 480 GB Phoenix Blade, or a lower priced alternatives for an even better savings.
Besides, my builds have more SATA ports than PCIe lanes to spare. 🙂
It is at least going in the right direction price-wise; they definitely deserve credit for producing a more reasonable costing and better performing option than the RevoDrive.
Can someone point me out a
Can someone point me out a use for PCIe drives if they can’t be used for OS/boot?
Most PCIe drives I’ve seen
Most PCIe drives I’ve seen the last year can be used to boot any modern OS. Even if the user wasn’t using it for the OS, it would be a good game storage drive, working space drive for photo or video editing, or even as swap space for compute or compile applications.
19nm eMLC User
19nm eMLC User Capacities** 200GB-400GB, Scalable across multiple memory slots
interface DDR3 <<<
Yeah, but that only works on
Yeah, but that only works on very particular server hardware with BIOS support for properly partitioning the memory space. You're not going to be putting that in any of your gaming PC's.
doesn’t the tattoo design
doesn’t the tattoo design look like the one used by Corsair Gaming?
After Corsair, another victim
After Corsair, another victim of the awful tramp stamp fashion. Were they running out of elves and naked amazons in the marketing division? Just awful.
Wait, I thought everyone
Wait, I thought everyone loved my fashion? now I feel sad 🙁
I can’t imagine having an
I can’t imagine having an internet connection so fast that a PCIe SSD drive limits Steam game downloads!!!