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Written by Olin Coles   
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Intel SSD 320 Series Solid State Drive
Intel SSD 320 Series
Features and Specifications
SSD Testing Methodology
AS-SSD Benchmark
ATTO Disk Benchmark
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 Tests
Iometer IOPS Performance
EVEREST Disk Benchmark
PCMark Vantage HDD Tests
HDD vs Hybrid Drive vs SSD
Intel SSD 320 Series Conclusion

Iometer IOPS Performance

Iometer is an I/O subsystem measurement and characterization tool for single and clustered systems. Iometer does for a computer's I/O subsystem what a dynamometer does for an engine: it measures performance under a controlled load. Iometer was originally developed by the Intel Corporation and formerly known as "Galileo". Intel has discontinued work on Iometer, and has gifted it to the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL). There is currently a new version of Iometer in beta form, which adds several new test dimensions for SSDs.

Iometer is both a workload generator (that is, it performs I/O operations in order to stress the system) and a measurement tool (that is, it examines and records the performance of its I/O operations and their impact on the system). It can be configured to emulate the disk or network I/O load of any program or benchmark, or can be used to generate entirely synthetic I/O loads. It can generate and measure loads on single or multiple (networked) systems.

To measure random I/O response time as well as total I/O's per second, Iometer is set to use 4KB file size chunks over a 100% random sequential distribution at a queue depth of 32 outstanding I/O's per target. The tests are given a 50% read and 50% write distribution. While this pattern may not match traditional 'server' or 'workstation' profiles, it illustrates a single point of reference relative to our product field.

All of our SSD tests used Iometer 1.1.0 (built 08-Nov-2010) by Intel Corporation to measure IOPS performance, using a SandForce-created QD30 configuration: 4KB 100 Random 50-50 Read and Write.icf. The chart below illustrates combined random read and write IOPS over a 120-second Iometer test phase, where highest I/O total is preferred:

Iometer_Random_4K-IOPS_30QD_Results.png

In our Iometer tests, which use 32 outstanding I/O's per target and a random 50/50 read/write distribution, SandForce SSDs generally outperform the competition when tested which a larger queue depth. The PCI-Express based SandForce-driven RevoDrive SSDs lead the pack, followed by their latest SATA 6Gb/s storage solutions. The 160GB Intel SSD 320 Series Solid State Drive SSDSA2CW160G3 produced 19,280 peak combined IOPS, which trails behind the SLC-based Intel SSD 311 Series.

In our next section, we test linear read and write bandwidth performance and compare its speed against several other top storage products using EVEREST Disk Benchmark. Benchmark Reviews feels that linear tests are excellent for rating SSDs, however HDDs are put at a disadvantage with these tests whenever capacity is high.



 

Comments 

 
# Perfect timingRob 2011-06-16 10:37
Thanks for the perfect timing and through review. I am in the market for a SSD (for my SATA II Mobo) and I was going to place my order today. This looks like the one so far.
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# need 4 speedcharley 2011-06-17 10:38
looks like its around the middle of the proformance chart.. price has come down alot and is faster than standard platter hard drives .. maybe worth a try ...Intel a name you can trust a price I can afford .. thank you for your review
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# Bought itRob 2011-06-24 13:09
I purchased this over a week ago now and I am very happy with my purchase. It was a very easy install and porting of data. So far no issues at all. Thanks again for the review as this aided me in my purchase choice.
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# RE: Intel SSD 320 Series Solid State Drivedanwat1234 2013-05-31 17:26
Way too slow. I'd get a Vertex3/4/Vector instead. No desire to buy this drive used because these newer SSDs are cheap too
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