KingSpec MultiCore 1TB Driverless PCIE SSD Review – 2.5GB/s With Simple Plug and Play Installation

KINGSPEC MC2J67M1T PCIe SSD COMPONENTS

The MC2J67M1T contains 8 KingSpec mSATA SSDs (4 on each side) that are set in a RAID 0 environment to create the performance we see in this SSD, as well as ensuring total capacity.  The mSATA SSDs feed into a LSI SAS2008 PCIe to 8 Port 6Gbps SAS/SATA controller, and subsequently to the PCIe 2.0×8 interface which connects to your computer. The SAS2008 controller is capable of integrated RAID 0, 1, 1E and 10.

KingSpec 1TB PCIe SSD Front 1

This PCIe card is completely bootable and to accomplish this, uses an Altera EPM3032A CMOS EEPROM-based programmable logic drive (PLD) for the boot instructions,  ST Micro M29W320EB 3V power supply TSOP, and Cyress STK14688 256 NVRam package.  There is also a Bencool CPU Cooler fan which covers the LSI SAS 2008 controller for active cooling.

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Each KingSpec mSATA module is equipped with a JMicron JMF667H eight channel 6Gbps controller.  We were unable to find a listing or performance specifications for these mSATA SSDs, leading us to believe they are designed specifically for this card.

KingSpec 1TB PCIe SSD Back 1

Each mSATA SSD is of a 120GB capacity, contains the JMicron controller, a NANYA DRAM cache chip,and four 32GB modules of Intel 25nm synchronous NAND flash memory for a total of 1024GB RAW capacity.  Each hasbeen set with 7% over provisioning reducing the RAW size to 960GB, a capacity that is reduced to 887GB once the drive is formatted.  The end user will have 887GB of storage available for their needs.

KingSpec PCIe SSD mSATA Front 1

We were a bit surprised that the JMicron controllers were in use as, traditionally, we have seen LSI SandForce mSATA SSDs at the helm, inclusive of which will be the soon to be available Mushkin and Mach Xtreme PCIe SSDs.

KingSpec PCIe SSD mSATA Back 1

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Thanks for the review Les!
So many news lately.
I think plug and play is good. But 4K is …. well pretty bad for a desktop environment>
Wonder if and how much tuning the C states whould improve things though.

Les@TheSSDReview
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Yes it would definitely be higher optimized and maybe we can check that out later. 4K’s will always be at that relative same level so I can’t say as I agree that it is so bad. Wait for it…

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carecu

the price for 1T is wrong on page 7 at the end “MSRP $1620 (1TB) and $1970 (500GB” should be “MSRP $2620 (1TB) and $1970 (500GB”

Les@TheSSDReview
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Corrected and thank you…

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LSI has admitted to a serious problem with their MPT2 firmware used in their HBA products. Basically LSI firmware will NOT allow host OS, like Windows 7, to operate in write back cache mode. Each 4K write request must wait on the SSD to complete the write. This effectively prevents using the NEEDED multi-channel write capability inside the SSD subsystems controller. Does NOT really matter which controller is used. If you need fast 4K random writes DO NOT USE LSI. LSI is taking way too long to fix this! LSI Atlanta support has logged this as a repeatable defect in… Read more »

Les@TheSSDReview
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Thank you very much for this information but…if I can ask…how would you then account for the correct resuilts in CDM, ATTO, true transfer testing, QuickBench and then ATTO?

iq100
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Looking at your ATTO posted test, you are using its defaults QD=4 (you want to test with QD=1 to be comparable to AS SSD and Anvil) and Direct I/O with Overlapped I/O. ATTO may have the ability to force cache write back. Do to Windows 7, Device Manager, and check the write policy being used for the KingSpec device. See if you can toggle cache write back box. This is the primary setting which causes 4K random writes to drop to only approximately 2MByte/sec. Also your ATTO test screen shows Transfer Size of 256MB. You need to increase to much… Read more »

Les@TheSSDReview
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I was refering more to the true transfer and steady state testing.

iq100
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LesLesLes@TheSSDReview:disqus wrote>”Thank you very much for this information but…if I can ask…how would you then account for the correct resuilts in CDM, ATTO, true transfer testing, QuickBench and then ATTO? …I was refering more to the true transfer and steady state testing.” Duh? Are you the author of TheSSDReview? Are you aware that for applications like database updates and certain interactive GUIs that the 4K Random Write score is MORE important that than sequential large transfers? You own review wrote in the UPDATE section>”… The only common element between the KingSpec and Mushkin PCIe SSDs is that both RAID controllers… Read more »

Les@TheSSDReview
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K… I am going to close this off with a response but the back and forth is bordering on removal of replies. You are OBVIOUSLY upset at your being caught in a predicament with your hardware and LSI not responding. Somehow we became the target but, from our side of things, there is alot more investigation into such matters than just taking a poster’s word for it. From our part, we contacted LSI who will return with an answer and we will provide it here. I asked you politely how you would account for testing that provided credible and accurate… Read more »

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Thanks for you thoughtful response. Your review included a screen shot of Anvil 1.051 RC6 showing 4K Write of 2.32 MByte/sec. Your UPDATE section wrote>” … LSI Fusion MPT2 firmware. We are investigating further but believe this firmware to be the root of this issue and limited specifically to compatibility with AS SSD and Anvil Storage Utilities.” I pointed out that it is well known that getting such low approx. 2MByte/sec 4K Random Write scores occurs when the firmware is unable to set ‘write caching on the device’. This is checkbox in Windows 7 Device Manager, and I suggested you… Read more »

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Hi, Great review.

Please comment on cpu usage by this and all other pcie SSD cards as they all use these cpu cycles to perform all i/o operations. It may be that pcie needs just too many cpu cycles that may affect the overall System performance down considerably.

Les@TheSSDReview
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CPU usage varied depending on tests with an average of 5% and never over the 7.5% mark for any. Unfortunately we can’t post all results.

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Les@TheSSDReview
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We haven’t tested on a Windows 8 system and will forward your question to KingSpec directly.

Les@TheSSDReview
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From Kingspec: “Our Card is compatible with operating system Win 7, 8, 8.1 and UEFI.