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Written by Olin Coles   
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
Super Talent UltraDrive ME SSD FTM28GX25H
UltraDrive ME Features
FTM28GX25H Specifications
First Look: UltraDrive ME SSD
UltraDrive Internal Components
SSD Testing Methodology
Random Access Time Benchmark
Basic IOPS Performance
Random Access IOPS Tests
Linear Bandwidth Speed
Sequential Performance Tests
Buffered Transaction Speed
Windows XP Startup Times
The Truth Behind Heat Output
Solid State Drive Final Thoughts
UltraDrive SSD Conclusion

ATTO Disk Benchmark

EDITORS NOTE: ATTO Disk Benchmark is not designed to be used as bandwidth speed tool, as the final results are determined by user-set variables. Benchmark Reviews uses ATTO Disk Benchmark as a tool for illustrating basic load performance at various chunk load sizes. Please read the Solid State Drive Benchmark Performance Testing article to understand how the benchmarks used in this article should be interpreted.

EDITORS NOTE 05/15/2009: Benchmark Reviews has re-tested the Super Talent UltraDrive ME with the latest v1370 firmware, which includes TRIM support, and the resulting performance was generally identical to the previous firmware. Please remember that TRIM is a Windows 7 supported feature, and does not improve performance on Windows XP or Vista Operating Systems.

The ATTO Disk Benchmark program is free, and offers a comprehensive set of test variables to work with. In terms of disk performance, it measures interface transfer rates at various intervals for a user-specified length and then reports read and write speeds for these spot-tests. There are some minor improvements made to the 2.34 version of the program, but the benchmark is still limited to non-linear samples up to 256MB. ATTO Disk Benchmark requires that an active partition be set on the drive being tested.

While the bandwidth results are not realistic for determining the maximum drive speeds, ATTO Disk Benchmark is still a good tool for illustrating bandwidth using various file size chunks. Please consider the results displayed by this benchmark to be basic bandwidth performance indicators.

Beginning with the integrated Intel ICH10R Southbridge chip connected to the Super Talent UltraDrive ME SSD, the ATTO Disk Benchmark tools performs file transfers ranging from 0.5 KB to 8192 KB. This 128GB MLC SSD FTM28GX25H part shows a 258 MBps read plateau from 128-8192 KB file chunks, while the 175 MBps write performance plateaus from 128-8192 KB. This is extremely impressive basic IOPS performance, and exactly what consumers should expect from the Indilinx Barefoot controller on a MLC SSD.

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Super Talent has integrated a 64MB cache buffer into the UltraDrive ME SSD, which helps it build speed quickly as it processes small-to-large file chunks. Super Talent suggests a maximum read performance of 260 MBps, and write performance topping out at 195 MBps for the 128GB UltraDrive ME FTM28GX25H model, and from what we're seeing from ATTO these are very realistic expectations.

Drive Hardware

In our next section, we test linear read and write bandwidth performance of the Super Talent UltraDrive SSD and compare its speed against several other top storage products. Benchmark Reviews feels that linear tests are the best method for testing SSD products, as detailed in our Solid State Drive Benchmark Performance Testing article.



 

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