REPORT ANALYSIS AND CONCLUSION
With the release of the Intel SSD DC S3500, Intel is entering a sector that was once dominated by consumer drives masquerading as enterprise drives. These read intensive environments don’t need high priced, high endurance NAND. They need to be read optimized, but they also can’t falter when a few writes are thrown their way.
If you were making a checklist for an entry-level, read-oriented SSD, the S3500 would have every box checked. To have so many enterprise features in an SSD that retails for ~$1.20/GB is impressive.
But, overall, how did the S3500 stand up to the SM843? Lets just say it held it’s own. Now, we can only compare the drives we receive for review. With that said, the two drives were evenly matched, with no one drive separating itself too much. The S3500 did a great job of handling high read/low write workloads, which is a very common enterprise application. We were a little disappointed by the latency distribution, but the results weren’t terrible.
When we start to look at capacities that we didn’t test, the S3500 doesn’t look quite as good. The write performance on the S3500 goes downhill rapidly as the capacity decreases, while the SM843 stays pretty consistent across capacities. On the other hand, the S3500 offers so many capacity points, it covers many more options than the SM843.
In this battle of enterprise drives, there are no losers, but there is no clear winner. Each drive has its positives and its negatives. If we were forced to choose, we would probably go with the S3500 simply because it has more enterprise features that the SM843 can’t match, as well as a transparent and very low pricing scheme. For this, we have awarded the Intel SSD DC S3500 with our Top Value Award.