HighPoint SSD7101A-1 NVMe RAID Controller Review – Samsung and Toshiba M.2 SSDs Tested

TEST SETUP AND METHODOLOGY

For our testing today, we are using our newest ASRock X299 Fatal1ty Test Bench which has the Intel i9-7900X processor installed.  We mention this because this processor because it has 44 PCIe 3.0 lanes and was the only motherboard we had on hand that allowed us to run our graphics card and the HighPoint SSD7101A-1 NVMe SSD RAID controller at full x16 bandwidth.  In addition, our testing today will be done with both Samsung 960 Pro and Toshiba RD400 NVMe M.2 SSDs, and we will also be exploring performance of the two different RAID drivers, as well as HighPoint software RAID vs OS RAID. For all tests, the SSDs were reset with a secure erase and this was another benefit of the SSD7101A-1, four could be done quickly and concurrently.

THE SSD REVIEW ASROCK X299 FATAL1TY TEST BENCH

Clicking the title above will bring you to our full report and testing on our newest ASRock X299 Fatal1ty test Bench shown here:

The SSD Review ASRock X299 Fatal1ty Test Bench

SYSTEM COMPONENTS (linked to purchase pricing)

This Test Bench build was the result of some great relationships and purchase; our appreciation goes to those who jumped in specifically to help the cause. Key contributors to this build are our friends at ASRock for the motherboard and CPU, as well as Corsair for most of the components shown and listed. We have detailed all components in the table below and they are all linked should you wish to make a duplicate of our system as so many seem to do, or check out the price of any single component. As always, we appreciate your support in any purchase through our links!

PC CHASSIS: Corsair  Arctic White 760T Graphite
MOTHERBOARD: ASRock X299 Fatal1ty Pro Gaming i9
CPU: Intel i9-7900X 10 Core
CPU COOLER: Corsair Hydro Series H115i
POWER SUPPLY: Corsair RM850X
GRAPHICS: PNY GeForce GTX 1080 XLR8 Gaming OC
SYSTEM COOLING: Corsair HD140 RGBDual Fans with Controller
MEMORY: Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR-3600 (32GB)
KEYBOARD: Corsair Gaming K68 Mechanical
MOUSE: Corsair Glave RGB Aluminum Gaming
MOUSE PAD: Corsair Gaming MM800C Polaris RGB 

STORAGE TESTING

Our initial testing for this report will be conducted with four Samsung 960 Pro 512GB NVMe SSDs.  Our initial report of the 960 Pro was on its 2TB capacity and listed performance for the 512GB version is similar with 3.5GB/s read and 2.1GB/s write throughput with over 300,000 IOPS.

HighPoint SSD7101A-1 RAID Controller with Samsung 960 Pro SSDs

For our testing today, we also have four Toshiba RD400 512GB NVMe SSDs as well.  Our initial report of this SSD demonstrated its throughput to be 2.6GB/s read and 1.6GB/s write with up to 190,000 IOPS.  

HighPoint SSD7101A-1 with Toshiba RD400 NVMe SSDs

Lastly, we are not suiting up Samsung and Toshiba as any type of competition as both differ in performance and price, but rather, to demonstrate just how capable the HighPoint SSD7101A-1 is able to use different storage brands, dependent on user need;

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