|Mtron MOBI 3500 SLC SSD MSD-SATA3535-064|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 05 January 2009|
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EVEREST Disk Benchmark
Many enthusiasts are very familiar with the EVEREST benchmark suite by Lavalys, but not many are aware of the Disk Benchmark tool available inside the program. The EVEREST Disk Benchmark (version 2.05.36) performs linear read and write bandwidth tests on each drive, and can be configured to use file chunk sizes up to 1MB (which speeds up testing and minimizes jitter in the waveform). Benchmark Reviews feels that linear tests are the only legitimate method for testing SSD products, as detailed in our Solid State Drive Benchmark Performance Testing article.
Our bandwidth speed tests begin with the Intel ICH10R SATA controller resident on the Gigabyte GA-EX58-EXTREME motherboard. The average read speed for the MSD-SATA3535 SSD on the ICH10 controller was 97.9 MBps.
Helping to support our results, the JMicron JMB322 HBA we tested the Mtron MOBI 3500 SLC SSD with performed at about the same level. Linear read performance was 97.3 MBps on the JMB322.
Linear write performance averaged 102.8 MBps on the Intel ICH10R Southbridge. This matches our test results in ATTO Disk Benchmark, meaning that the write performance was slightly better than read bandwidth. That's an upside for SLC Solid State Drive construction.
In typical fashion, the JMicron SATA controller appears to do slightly better for write performance. The Mtron MOBI 3500 yields a 103.0 MBps write bandwidth average on the JMB322.
The chart below shows the average linear read and write bandwidth for a cross-section of drives attached to the Intel ICH10 Southbridge. This is the single most important chart in this review, by my estimation.
Linear bandwidth certainly benefits the Solid State Drive, since there's very little fluctuation in transfer speed. Hard Disk Drive products decline in performance as the spindle reaches the inner-most sectors on the magnetic platter.
In our next section, the entire collection of SSD products Benchmark Reviews has tested will be timed for a Windows XP startup benchmark. Please continue to see how SSD's effect startup performance.