Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 40GB SSD Single & RAID Review

Author: AkG
Date: December 22, 2010
Product Name: Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 40GB SSD
Part Number: MKNSSDCL40GB-DX
Warranty: 3 yr.
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IOMeter is heavily weighted towards the server end of things, and since we here at HWC are more End User centric we will be setting and judging the results of IOMeter a little bit differently than most. To test each drive we ran 5 test runs per HDD (1,4,16,64,128 que depth) each test having 8 parts, each part lasting 10 min w/ an additional 20 second ramp up. The 8 subparts were set to run 100% random, 80% read 20% write; testing 512b, 1k, 2k,4k,8k,16k,32k,64k size chunks of data. When each test is finished IOMeter spits out a report, in that reports each of the 8 subtests are given a score in I/Os per second. We then take these 8 numbers add them together and divide by 8. This gives us an average score for that particular que depth that is heavily weighted for single user environments.

At this point it was very unlikely that IOMeter would uncover some hidden flaw in this product. It is poised, fast and while not as quick as the big boys the Callisto still does beat (for the most part) the other 40GB drives we have tested.

As expected IOMeter loves RAID arrays. That is just a quirk of IOMeter. Water is wet, the sky is blue and RAID 0 arrays will simply dominate single SSD results in the IOMeter crucible.

IOMeter Controller Stress Test

In our usual IOMeter test we are trying to replicate real world use where reads severely outnumber writes. However, to get a good handle on how powerful the controller is we, we have also run an additional test. This test is made of 1 section at que depth of 1. In this test we ran 100% random. 100%writes of 4k size chunks of information. In the past we found this tests was a great way to check and see if stuttering would occur. Since the introduction of ITGC and / or TRIM the chances of real world stuttering happening in a modern generation SSD are next to nill; rather the main focus has shifted from predicting "stutter" to showing how powerful the controller used is. By running continuous small, random writes we can stress the controller to its maximum, while also removing its cache buffer from the equation (by overloading it) and showing exactly how powerful a given controller is. In the .csv file we then find the Maximum Write Response Time. This in ms is worst example of how long a given operation took to complete. We consider anything higher than 350ms to be a good indicator that the controller is either relying heavily on its cache buffer to hide any limitations it possess or the firmware of the controller is severely limiting it.

It seems the Callisto Deluxe 40GB is darn near unstoppable as it once again proves to be just as good as the competition but at a noticeably lower price point. What’s not to love?!

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