Introduction and Specifications
Intel has pushed out many SSDs over the years, and unlike many manufacturers, they have never stopped heavily pushing SSD in the enterprise. They did so with their very first push of the X25-M / X25-E, where they seemingly came out of nowhere and just plunked down a pair of very heavy hitting SSDs. What was also interesting was that back then they seemed to blur the lines by calling their consumer offering 'mainstream', and considering it good enough for even some enterprise applications. Even though the die-hard stuff was left to the SLC-based X25-E, that didn't stop some consumers from placing them into their home systems. The X25-E used in this review came from a good friend of mine, who previously had it installed in his home PC.
With several enterprise class models out there, we figured it was high time we put them all alongside each other to see where things are at, and that's the goal of this particular piece. We were motivated to group them together by the recent releases of the DC S3500 and DC S3700 drives, both using Intel's new Intel 8-channel controller.
|X25-E||SSD 320||SSD 710||SSD 910*||DC S3500||DC S3700|
|Capacity||32, 64GB||40, 80, 120, 160, 300, 600GB||100, 200, 300GB||400, 800GB||80, 120, 160, 240, 300, 480, 600, 800GB||100, 200, 400, 800GB|
|Write (4k)||3.3k||23k (8GB span)||2.7k||18.7k||11k||32k|
- Since the SSD 910 is subdivided into 4 or 2 (depending on capacity) physical 200GB volumes, we chose to test just one of those physical units. Scaling can then be compared to other units placed into various RAID configurations. 910 specs were corrected to that of the single physical unit tested.
- All other listed specs are specific to the tested (bold) capacity point.
Starting with the good old X25-E, which pretty much started it all, is Intel's original SATA 3Gb/sec 10-channel controller. Despite minor tweaks, this same controller was used in the X25-M, X25-M G2, SSD 320 and SSD 710 Series. Prior to Intel releasing their own 6Gb/sec SATA controller, they filled some of those voids by introducing Marvell and SandForce controllers with the 510 and 520, respectively, but those two were consumer-oriented drives. For the enterprise, Intel filled this same gap with the 910 Series - a PCIe LSI Falcon SAS RAID controller driving 2 or 4 6Gb/sec SAS Hitachi Ultrastar SSDs. Finally (and most recently), Intel introduced their own SATA 6Gb/sec controller in the form of the DC S3500 and DC S3700. Both are essentially the same 8-channel controller driving 20nm or 25nm IMFT flash, respectively.
More to follow on the next page, where we dive into the guts of each unit.
Subject: Storage | June 20, 2013 - 04:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: LAMD Amber, corsair, neutron gtx
Corsair's Neutron GTX has 240GB of 19nm MLC NAND with a LAMD Amber controller, similar to the previous model but with process shrunk RAM. Write speeds do suffer from the new flash, but that will only be noticeable during large file transfers not during normal usage scenarios. On the other hand [H]ard|OCP noticed many performance increases which were due to the LAMD Amber controller and netted this drive a Silver award. The SSD market is very large, with many makes and models available; this drive is worth putting on your short list.
"Corsair moves to a smaller 19nm Toshiba Toggle MLC NAND with its LAMD-controlled Neutron GTX Series of SSDs. This shrink comes amongst stiff competition from other manufacturers, and a new SSD that is very similar to the Neutron GTX. Today we see how the new GTX stacks up against its increased competition."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- SanDisk Extreme II 240 GB SSD Review @ OCC
- Hardware.Info tests lifespan of Samsung SSD 840 250GB TLC SSD
- HGST SSD800MM SAS 12Gbps SSD and LSI SAS 9300-8e HBA @ SSD Review
- OCZ Vertex 450 256GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
- TCS BGADrive SSD @ SSD Review
- SanDisk Extreme II 240GB SSD @ Kitguru
- Toshiba THNSNH 256 GB SSD @ techPowerUp
- Intel SSD DC S3500 Review (480GB) @ AnandTech
- Samsung 840 Pro and Samsung 840 Solid State Drives @ X-bit Labs
- Intel DC S3500 480GB SSD Review @ HCW
- Intel DC S3500 Data Center SSD Review (480GB x 4) @ SSD Review
- OCZ Vertex 3.20 240GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader @ techPowerUp
- Patriot Supersonic Magnum 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ OCC
- Mushkin Enhanced Ventura Plus Series 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ Madshrimps
- Kingston DT HyperX Predator 512GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive @ Funkykit
- Synology DiskStation DS1513+ @ Legion Hardware
- Synology DiskStation DS1813+ @ Kitguru
- Startech.com S2510U2W review: WiFi disk @ Hardware.info
- ASUSTOR AS-604T NAS Network Storage Server @ Benchmark Reviews
- Buffalo DriveStation DDR3 review: external disk on steroids @ Hardware.info
- QNAP TS-421 4-bay Home & SOHO NAS Review @ Madshrimps
Subject: General Tech, Storage | June 12, 2013 - 05:04 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: ultrabook, sandisk, Samsung, pci-e ssd, Marvell, MacBook Air, macbook, haswell, apple
As Scott covered earlier this week, Apple quietly announced an update to the MacBook Air line along side the headline-grabbing Mac Pro redesign preview. Being a MacBook Air user for the past 2 years, I decided it was time to replace my Sandy Bridge-based model with some new Haswell goodness. Today marked the first day of retail store availability, and I picked up an 11" model with 256GB SSD.
Naturally, when I got back to the office there was only one route to take, installing Windows and disassembling it. While Anand uncovered the fact that these MacBooks were hiding a new unadvertised option, in a PCI-Express based SSD, I wanted to check it out for myself.
When I did some digging, I discovered that while Anand found a Samsung based SSD in his MacBook, mine actually contained a model by Sandisk. I did a quick initial benchmark in OS X, and proceeded to inspect the hardware itself.
Subject: Storage | June 11, 2013 - 05:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Seagate, NAS
CUPERTINO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX) today took the wraps off its new Seagate® NAS HDD—a cutting-edge drive custom-built for always-on, one- to five-bay network attached storage (NAS) systems. Engineered with performance and reliability in mind, the new drives are available in multiple capacity points including a 4TB option—the industry’s highest capacity NAS hard disk drive (HDD) solution available—and strong industry support from nine NAS system partners.
“Today about 50 percent of NAS arrays are sold diskless meaning that customers are challenged with identifying and installing the right storage for their system. By developing a drive like NAS HDD, we’ve taken the guesswork out of it and made it easy for customers to identify the right drive for their system,” said Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing. “By collaborating closely with a variety of partners who specialize in NAS systems, we’re making what was a confusing effort into a plug-and-play one.”
Featuring up to 4TB of storage the drive now enables NAS systems, such as those utilized in homes and small to midsize businesses (SMB), to provide up to 20TB of data in a five-bay NAS array. And with over 30 percent capacity improvement over competitive offerings, the NAS HDD 4TB drive delivers the highest capacity available on the market.
Cost effective drives built specifically for NAS solutions, the 4TB option has the capacity to store over 819,000 photos, 1 million songs or nearly 500 hours of high-definition (HD) video content—more than enough space for the average household. It is also ideal for small businesses with large enough capacities to support CAD files, medical images and databases.
“QNAP is thrilled to be teaming up with Seagate to offer our customers a high-performance storage solution optimized for NAS systems,” said Meiji Chang, general manager of QNAP. “The Seagate NAS HDD allows us to deliver the highest capacity storage offering on the market while providing our customers with a huge boost in performance and a reliable business level NAS solution for 24x7 operations.”
“Households and SMBs continue to generate a significant amount of data, and need fast and reliable storage solutions,” said John Rydning, IDC's research vice president for hard disk drives. “Rather than taking hours or days to transfer a large amount of digital content over the internet to a cloud storage service provider, Seagate’s new NAS HDD provides a high-capacity solution for fast data transfers and backups on-premise over local networks.”
Built to provide up to 10 percent performance advantage over the competition for 24x7 NAS applications, the NAS HDD is engineered for performance in always on applications and can support multiple HD video streams and user profiles. The drive boasts near silent acoustics operating below the range of audible sound for the human ear with as low as 1.9 bels, providing optimized acoustics for the home or SMB environment. It also features Seagate’s own NASWorks™ technology which improves drive reliability by supporting features that limit drive vibrations and support extended error recovery controls for better data integrity.
Seagate NAS HDDs are built and tested to provide industry-leading performance for small NAS systems. Key features of the NAS HDD include:
- Industry’s Highest Capacity NAS Drive—up to 4TB available, the NAS HDD offers a 30 percent capacity advantage over the competition.
- Best Performance for 1- to -5-bay NAS Systems—built and tested to provide industry-leading performance, NAS HDDs offer the industry’s highest throughput to deliver the performance demanded by NAS solutions.
- NASWorks—supports error correction via customized error recovery controls, power management and vibration tolerance for optimal performance and reliability in a 1- to 5-bay solution.
- Improved Vibration Tolerance—dual-plane balance supports the unique weighted motor design minimizing vibration that can be amplified in multi-drive systems improving the drive’s performance and system reliability.
- Advanced Power Management—supports multiple user-selectable power profiles that can optimize power usage for different workloads to minimize power consumption while maintaining high-availability performance.
- Quiet Drive Operation—enhances the end customer experience with near-silent acoustics for low-noise environments like living rooms or office spaces.
Designed with compatibility in mind, Seagate NAS hard disk drives have been rigorously tested by some of today’s top NAS providers and flawlessly integrated into their NAS solutions. For more information on the Seagate NAS HDD and qualified OEM partners please visit www.seagate.com/www/nashdd.
Subject: Storage | June 7, 2013 - 03:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: sandisk, Extreme II series, marvell 9187, 19nm, mlc
SanDisk claims their Extreme II can run at 550/510 MB/s sequential read/write, and 95,000/78,000 for random read/write IOPS, a claim which [H]ard|OCP just put to the test. The two major changes to this drive that will contribute to the difference in speed are the switch from a Sandforce controller to the Marvell 9187 controller and the MLC flash which is 19nm in this drive. Testing shows that the drive does live up to expectations though they did point out the lack of encryption as a weakness. Prices for the drives are around the magic $1/GB mark, making this drive a solid contender in a very populous market.
"SanDisk releases its Extreme II series SSD, which features the Marvell 9187 controller in concert with 19nm eX2 ABL MLC NAND. The competition is heating up as another manufacturer with massive foundry capabilities releases a new SSD. Will the Extreme II "blaze through your day" and "keep you ahead of deadlines?"
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- SanDisk Extreme II Series 120GB, 240GB and 480GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
- Seagate 600 240GB SATA III 6Gbps SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
- OCZ Vertex 3.20 240GB SSD Review @ HiTech Legion
- Crucial M500 480GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
- LSI SandForce Next Gen SSD Controller With 1800MB/s Speeds Discovered at Computex @ SSD Review
- Seagate's 600 SSD solid-state drive @ The Tech Report
- KingFast E-Drive KF2510SCF 120GB 2.5" SATA 3 SLC SSD Review @ ModSynergy
- KingFast E-Drive 2.5'' SATAIII SLC 120GB SSD Review @ Madshrimps
- OCZ Vertex 3.20 240GB SSD review: Vertex 3 with 20nm flash @ Hardware.info
- ADATA DashDrive Elite UE700 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive @ eTeknix
- Zalman U3M32 32GB SLC USB 3.0 Flash Drive @ Funkykit
- Seagate's Desktop HDD.15 4TB hard drive @ The Tech Report
- Seagate Constellation ES 1TB Hard Drive Review @ PCSTATS
- Adaptec (by PMC) ASR-72405 RAID Controller (X2) Review - 1M IOPS & 12GB/s Thru 24 SMART Optimus SSDs @ SSD Review
- Vantec NexStar WiFi Hard Drive Dock Review @ Legit Reviews
- ioSafe N2 NAS / RAID Storage Solution Review @ OCIA
- Synology DS713+ NAS @ TechwareLabs
- QNAP TurboNAS TS-221 NAS Server @ NikKTech
- Infortrend EonNAS Pro 510 Review @ TechwareLabs
Subject: Storage | June 3, 2013 - 06:59 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: super talent, ssd, mx3, computex 2013, computex
San Jose-based storage manufacturer Super Talent has announced its new UltraDrive MX3 SSD. This new drive is the successor to the existing UltraDrive MX2, and is allegedly twice as fast. In an interesting twist, Super Talent is releasing the MX3 in both MLC and SLC flavors, to serve the consumer and enterprise markets simultaneously with the same branded drive and controller.
The MX3 is a SATA 3 6Gbps drive that is rated at 500MB/s reads and 400MB/s writes. The MLC version will come in capacities ranging from 64GB to 512GB while the SLC flash SKUs top out at 256GB. The chart below details the model numbers at each capacity point for both the MLC and SLC SKUs, depending on what you need.
In the press release, Super Talent CEO Abraham Ma stated the following:
“We are excited to introduce the MX3. Not only does it offer a considerable upgrade in speed from its predecessor, the MX2, it is also an extremely reliable device that we believe fits the needs of our OEM and consumer customers.”
Pricing and availability have not been announced, however.
Stay tuned to PC Perspective throughout the week for more Computex 2013 news.
Subject: Storage | June 3, 2013 - 05:15 AM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: western digital, wdc, Blue, 7mm, 1TB
Looking at the new spec sheet, the new 1TB Blue carries increased cache (16MB) and reduced Drive Ready time (2.8 sec) as compared to their previous 9.5mm 1TB models.
Press blast after the break.
Subject: Storage | May 28, 2013 - 10:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ssd, crucial m500, mlc, marvell 9187, RAIN
Before discussing the impressive price point of Crucial's M500 drive their are two features worth mentioning about this drive, RAIN and the Marvell 9187 controller. RAIN is Redundant Array of Independent NAND which offers data parity which will allow you to successfully recreate data after an uncorrectable error, something which might put the minds of those still leery of SSDs to rest. The new Marvell controller is the secret to the pricing of this drive, it allows the usage of 128Gbit (16GB) NAND dies as opposed to the more common 64GBit dies and is produced at a lower cost than other controllers. [H]ard|OCP tested the 512GB drive and does warn that the specifications of the two smaller capacity drives are different enough to require individual testing. However as you can pick up the 512GB drive for $400 you might simply opt for the largest drive which offers competitive performance at an amazing $0.78/GB.
"Crucial's M500 offers the lowest price per gigabyte for an MLC SSD with enterprise-class features not seen on typical consumer SSD data drives. With new 128Gbit MLC NAND paired with the Marvell 9187 controller the M500 should deliver great performance at a historically low price point. Is the Crucial M500's performance up to par?"
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- 240GB OCZ Vertex 3.20 Solid State Drive @ Benchmark Reviews
- OCZ Vertex 3.20 120GB SSD Review @ Techgage
- Solidata K8 1920E SSD Review - SandForce Driven and an Amazing 2TB Capacity @ SSD Review
- OCZ Vertex 3.20 Solid State Drive @ X-bit Labs
- OCZ Vertex 3.20 240GB SATA III 2.5'' SSD Review @ Madshrimps
- OCZ Vertex 450 256GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
- OCZ Vertex 450 SSD @ Techspot
- OCZ Vertex 450 @ Hardware.info
- OCZ Vertex 450 SSD @ SSD Review
- OCZ Vertex 450 256GB @ Tweaktown
- SanDisk Ultra Plus 256GB SSD @ eTekinx
- Samsung SSD 840 comparison @ Hardwareoverclock
- Seagate 600 Pro SSD @ SSD Review
- Crucial M500 480GB SSD @ eTeknix
- Bang for Your Buck: Best 256GB Class SSD's under $200 @ Tweaktown
- OCZ Vertex 3.20 240GB Solid State Drive Review @ OCIA.net
- Kingston SSDNow E100 Enterprise SSD @ Tweaktown
- Mushkin Chronos GO Deluxe 1.8″ SATA 3 SSD Review ? Lightning Speeds Ultrathin Design @ SSD Review
- HGST Travelstar 7K1000 1TB 2.5" Hard Drive @ Tweaktown
- 4TB Seagate Desktop HDD ST4000DM000 @ Benchmark Reviews
- WD Se 4TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review @ Techgage
- Western Digital Scorpio Blue (WD5000LPVT) 500GB HDD @ Tweaktown
- Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD 500GB review: 2.5-inch hard disk with SSD cache @ Hardware.info
- Seagate Desktop HDD.15 4TB Hard Drive Review @ Hardware Canucks
- ADATA DashDrive Elite UE700 USB 3.0 Flash Drive @ Tweaktown
- Kingston DT Workspace 64GB 'Windows To Go' USB 3.0 Flash Drive @ Tweaktown
- Adata DashDrive Elite UE700 32GB Flash Drive Review @ Ninjalane
- Kingston HyperX Predator 512GB @ Hardware.info
- 32 32/64GB USB 3.0 memory stick test: lots of differences @ Hardware.info
- Patriot Supersonic Magnum Flash Drive @ Benchmark Reviews
- Lexar Professional 128GB Compact Flash Memory Card @ Tweaktown
- Transcend 32GB Wi-Fi SDHC @ Tweaktown
- Kingston 64GB microSDXC SDCX10/64GB @ Bjorn3D
- WD My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable Storage Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
- ADATA DashDrive Air AE400 Wireless Storage Reader and Power Bank Review @ Madshrimps
- Rosewill RDEE-12002 USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure @ techPowerUp
- Corsair Voyager Air 500GB Wireless Storage Device @ Tweaktown
- Transcend StoreJet Cloud 32GB Wireless Storage Device @ Tweaktown
- Kingston MobileLite Wireless Review @ Pro-Clockers
- Synology DS213j review: deluxe entry-level NAS @ Hardware.info
- Icy Dock FlexCage MB975SP-B 5x3.5" in 3x5.25" HDD Cage Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Shuttle OMNINAS KD20 @ techPowerUp
- iStarUSA BPU-340SATA Military Grade Drive Enclosure @ NikKTech
- LaCie CloudBox 1TB Personal NAS @ Tweaktown
Subject: Storage | May 28, 2013 - 05:15 AM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: Xe, western digital, wdc, se, RE, hdd
Today Western Digital did a slight rearranging of their enterprise product lineup:
Starting from the top down, the Xe series is essentially a SAS version of their 2.5" 10k RPM VelociRaptor form factor, available in 300GB, 600GB, and 900GB capacities. The Re series is the same 'RE' we are all familiar with, and is now available in both SAS and SATA. That bottom block, however, is something new:
The Se series is Western Digital's attempt at a lower cost Re series drive, and will be available in capacities up to 4TB.
So the Se is an Advanced Format version of the Re, designed for reduced workloads. Throughput is slightly reduced due to differences in track geometry, though WD let me know they expect final shipping Se's may be closer to the Re spec than the slide indicates. The Se carries the same RPM as well as StableTrac (where the spindle is supported at both ends), RAFF (where accelerometers compensate for chassis vibration), and TLER (where IO request timeouts are adjusted to play nicely with hardware RAID).
The key to the success of the Se will be just what sort of reduced cost Western Digital is able to price the drive at. That information, as well as a full review of an Se, will be coming later today, just as soon as our next batch of samples arrives.
Introduction, Specifications and Packaging
Last month OCZ introduced the Vertex 3.20, which took their popular Vertex line to 20nm flash territory. The Vertex 3.20 used the same tride and true SandForce controller used in previous iterations of that line. The older Vertex line was starting to show its age, and the move to 20nm didn't really help the issue. We knew it was just a matter of time before they brought 20nm to their Indilinx Barefoot line, and that time is now. The new model suggests OCZ may abandon the Vector name, and resurrect the performance of their flagship product line by shifting their Indilinx Barefoot 3 (BF3-M10) over to a newly dubbed Vertex 450:
Lets jump right into the specs:
- Capacity: 128, 256GB, 512GB
- Sequential read: 540 MB/sec
- Sequential write: 525 MB/sec
- Random read IOPS (up to): 85 k-IOPS
- Random write IOPS (up to): 90 k-IOPS
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