Our visit with LSI SandForce in the Grand Hyatt Taipei during Computex 2012 resulted in what we believe to be the worlds first viewing of 19/20nm NAND flash memory at work with LSI SandForce SF-2281 processors.
Utilizing SATA 3 SSD samples containing both Toshiba 19nm Toggle Mode NAND and Intel 20nm synchronous NAND flash memory, LSI SandForce was anxious to demonstrate that newer more compact memory does not result in any significant performance deviations.
Up first was the Toshiba Toggle mode where we observed just under 60,000 IOPS at low 4k random write disk access.
Also on display was the ASUS Zenbook with it’s gumstick SandForce mSATA SSD that remains to be the fastest Ultrabook on the market at this point. Going back a few months, we conducted extensive testing on ASUS’ choice of both the Sandisk U100 and the ADATA LSI SandForce X11 SSD, the X11 dominating that contest with ease.
Last but not least, it seems a conversation cannot be finished without word of SSD caching these days. In this display, SandForce elected to utilize the Lenovo X220 with a SandForce caching SSD, standard hard drive and none other than NVELO Dataplex software. A close look at the picture will show their claims that this particular configuration provides performance 1000 times better than hard drive alone. We cannot argue as we did very similar testing with, not one but seven mSATA SSDs, and you will definitely find some amazing LSI SandForce performance there as well!