Intel 730 Series 480GB SSD Review in RAID

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CrystalDiskMark & Anvil IOPS

CrystalDiskMark is a small benchmark utility for drives and enables rapid measurement of sequential and random read/write speeds. Note that CDM only supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ) with a queue depth of 32 (as noted) for the last listed benchmark score. This can skew some results in favor of controllers that also do not support NCQ.

CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2 x64 – Intel Z77 Platform

Single Drive:

Intel 730 CRYSTAL DISK MARK

RAID 0:

Intel 730 RAID CRYSTAL DISK MARK

Benchmark Results: We see similar numbers to the AS-SSD benchmark and pretty solid numbers overall. Not the absolute fastest drive we’ve seen but within enough proximity that the difference in performance will not be discernible by the user.

CRYSTAL DISK MARK GRID

Anvil Storage Utilities 1.050 RC6- Intel Z77 Platform

Along with the move to a new platform, we decided to make a change in one of the benchmarks. There’s a relatively new benchmark called Anvil Storage Utilities that is in beta but close to production. It’s a very powerful tool that measures performance through a variety of tests which can be customized. Since some of the tests more or less duplicate what we get from other benchmarks we use already, we decided to use the IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second) testing on 4kb file sizes at a queue depth of 32. IOPS performance is something SSD makers tout quite a bit but we generally don’t do a lot of IOPS testing because frankly a lot of users can’t relate to IOPS metrics as well and it tends to be more meaningful to the enterprise/server crowd. Still, it is another performance indicator with relevance and while some drives post good MB/s numbers, their IOPS scores aren’t always commensurate which this test will prove out.

Single Drive:

Intel 730 IOPS READ Intel 730 IOPS WRITE

RAID 0:

Intel 730 RAID IOPS READ Intel 730 RAID IOPS WRITE

Benchmark Results: IOPS performance is strong on the 730 series with the read/write performance not having a large gap and RAID 0 performance adds about 50% more performance on top.

IOPS CHART

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