OCZ Ibis High Speed Data Link (HSDL) 240GB SSD Review
Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup
A pair of Sandforce driven banks of flash are present on the top two boards,
other end of the HSDL mates with a SI RAID controller chip (just like the RevoDrive).
Now that I think about it, the Ibis is logically sort of like a RevoDrive on a stick.
Another view of the flash sandwich.
Our tests are a good mix of synthetic and real-world
benchmarks. PCMark, IOMeter, HDTach, HDTune, Yapt and our custom File
Copy test round out the selection to cover just about all bases. If you
have any questions about our tests just drop into the Storage Forum and we'll help you out!
Test System Setup
We have switched our testbed over to a more dedicated,
forward thinking machine. We made some changes to help minimize test
data scatter with higher bandwidth devices. Sound is flat out disabled,
with no additional card installed. Video was *intentionally* shifted
to a PCI unit to free up both PCIe-16 slots for testing tandem pairs of
PCI Express cards (like ioDrives, DDRDrives, and high end RAID cards). Spot checks against the previous rig showed a negligible change in test output.
PC Perspective would like to thank ASUS, Corsair, and BFG for supplying some of the components of our test rig.
|Hard Drive Test System Setup|
|CPU||Intel Core i7 920 @ 4 GHZ (HT disabled)|
|Memory||Corsair Dominator 6GB DDR3-1600|
|Hard Drive||G.Skill 32GB SLC SSD|
|Video Card||BFG Geforce 8400 GS 512MB PCI|
|Video Drivers||Geforce 181.22|
|Power Supply||Corsair CMPSU-650TX|
|Operating System||Windows XP X64 SP2
Windows 7 X64 (for TRIM testing)
- PCPer File Copy Test