Intel 910 PCIe SSD Review – Amazing Performance Results In Both 400GB and 800GB Configurations


The File Server profile emulates usage in a file server environment with a vast range of file sizes being accessed simultaneously. This type of file access is 80% read and 20% write.

Both configurations perform well, with the two separate LUN volumes coming up slightly higher. The LUN results in steady state reach 232MB/s at QD32, while the RAID results reach 202MB/s at QD64.

The Email profile is an emulation of a mail server, with a 50% Read and 50% Write mixed workload with very small 8KB files. This can be a very stressful test for even the best of drives.

Again the overprovisioned RAID 0 results come out on top, with 146MB/s at QD128. The RAID 0 steady state results come in at a high of 140MB/s at QD64.

The Database/OLTP (On-Line Transaction Processing) profile is another heavy-usage type of access that can bring many drives, even those with superior write performance, to their knees given Steady State conditions. With small 8K random data being read at 66% and written simultaneously at 33%, this is a very demanding workload.

This type of application is sure to be one of the environments that this SSD will deploy into, with PCIe SSDs already enjoying great penetration into the financial sector. Low latencies and high workload performance are attributes that are almost tailor made for OLTP processing, and here the 910 delivers.

Leveraging two separate volumes produces the best results with this type of access, with a top speed of 173MB/s at QD64.

The Web Server profile is read only over a wide range of file sizes simultaneously. There is little variation in the results with this type of 100% read access. Both configurations score between 480MB/s and 500MB/s.