HP EX950 2TB SSD Benchmark Review

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SPECworkstation 3 Benchmark

The SPECworkstation 3 was introduced in 2018 and features 30 workloads containing nearly 140 tests. The developer updated the storage workloads that are based on traces of nearly two-dozen applications. We ran the storage workload (WPCstorge) and are using the results from just three of the tests to show the performance difference between the SSDs that we are testing. Individual scores are generated for each test and a composite score for each category is calculated based on a reference machine, yielding a “bigger is better” result. We are using the actual ‘raw score’ result in three tests that we want to show actual transfer rates rather than a composite score.

The first workload that we will be showing is a trace that uses Microsoft Visual Studio to compile a build of Mozilla Firefox browser. The HP EX950 2TB finished this workload with a read speed of 917.5 MB/s.

The next trace involves a Handbrake transcode and that test clearly favors Intel Optane drivers with 3D Xpoint memory as the Intel Optane 905P led this test by leaps and bounds. The HP EX950 TB performed in the middle of the pack with 456.3 MB/s read and 172.1 MB/s write speeds.

In the 7zip workload the HP EX950 2TB drive finished again in the middle of the pack with a read speed of 2,142.5 MB/s.


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