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Old May 18, 2010, 12:05 PM
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Default Intel x25-v 40GB SSD RAID benchmark results

Hey guys, I recently grabbed a few 40GB SSDs for my new system, and figure I share the benchies.

Here is what I dropped my savings account into recently for some major upgrades.

3x Western Digital VelociRaptor 160GB 10000RPM Enterprise Version
2x Intel X25-V 40GB SSD
1x Intel X25-M 80GB SSD

I've decided to use 2x40GB SSDs in RAID0 as my OS drive, and 3xVRs in RAID0 for the main storage.

Before I installed anything, I benched marked these drives fresh out of the box; No formatting done, no partitions made.
*All benching is done with the Asus Commando motherboard with the ICH8R controller+Q6600@stock.
*All RAID-0 volumes are set with 128KB strip size.
*HD Tune Pro 3.50 Benchmarked with 2MB Block size, with medium high accuracy.
*This set of benchmarks are the Intel SSDs with new updated firmware.

Single Intel X25-V 40GB SSD


Single Intel X25-V 40GB SSD Random Access
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Single Intel X25-M 80GB SSD


Single Intel X25-M 80GB SSD Random Access


2x Intel X25-V 40GB SSD RAID-0


2x Intel X25-V 40GB SSD RAID-0 Random Access


2x Intel X25-V 40GB SSD + 1x Intel X25-M 80GB SSD RAID-0


2x Intel X25-V 40GB SSD + 1x Intel X25-M 80GB SSD RAID-0 Random Acess




3x Western Digital VelociRaptor 160GB RAID-0


3x Western Digital VelociRaptor 160GB RAID-0 Access Time



2x Intel X25-V 40GB SSD RAID-0 running Windows 7


In conclusion:
2x Intel x25-V 40GB SSD in RAID-0 owns 3x WD VR 160GB 10kRPM RAID-0

Other thoughts:
The 40GB SSDs performed astonishingly well. The sustained read was much higher than the advertised speed of 170MB/s. In fact, its read speed is almost exactly the same as the 80GB version.

For those who are thinking of getting an SSD, I say DO IT. Once you use an SSD on your computer, you will fall in love with it. I went from 4x80GB RAID-0 to 2x40GB SSD RAID-0, and the difference like like going from a P4 to an i7. Yes you read it right. P4 to an i7.

PS. This is what it takes to top off the Windows 7 HDD Experiance Index :D


Please comment, and if you have similar builds, share your benchies!
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