HGST SSD800MM SAS 12Gbps SSD and LSI SAS 9300-8e HBA Review – LSI and HGST Intro 12Gbps To The World

ADVANCED WRITE TESTING

As we talked about in our Micron P400m SSD Review, SSDs have different performance states.  Since the Intel SSD DC S3500 is an enterprise SSD, we will focus on steady state performance.

With the following tests, we stressed the drive using random 4KB write workloads across the entire span for at least 24 hours. This is more than enough to achieve steady state. The following graph is showing the latency and IOPS across an 11 hour span.

HGST-LatencyMin

Normally, when we look at latency and IOPS averaged in one minute intervals, we are trying to see if there are any trends that we need to examine closer.  When we first compile the data, our graphs automatically scale and we see ranges of multiple milliseconds.  We we first looked at the latency for the SSD800MM, we weren’t that impressed, until we looked at the scale.  Our one minute averages, across 11 hours, varied by less than 6 microseconds.  So after all of this, we did find a trend, which was rock-solid performance.  But, before we get ahead of ourselves, lets zoom in on the last hour of testing.

HGST-Latency

HGST-IOPS

Even at a more granular level the results are just as good.  The latency range is just 0.05ms (50 microseconds).  That is absolutely outstanding.  It’s amazing that the 12 Gbps SAS interface is able to perform at those levels.  Normally you have to move into PCIe storage to see that type of performance.  While we are here, lets not forget about the LSI SAS 9300-8e.  When looking at this level of performance, it’s easy to forget that there is an HBA and cable between the host and the SSD.  It doesn’t appear that the 9300-8e is hindering performance in any way.

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I’ve long been a proponent of running virtualization environments totally under SSDs. This 12G technology should be the convincer. Would have liked to see some RAID 0 benchmarks run with 4 and 8 SSD units. Curious as to how linear the performance gains would be.

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This will come in time and obtaining multiple drives for this report was not possible. We always ask as was obvious with our recent Intel and Adaptec/SMART report where we used 24 Optimus SSDs.

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Other sites already did 12 gb/s weeks ago! Did you guys miss that?

Les@TheSSDReview
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Oh really? Perhaps you can send us a link or two to a 12Gbps review (not announcement). Thanks ahead.

These are the first that we are aware of.

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Tweaktown and storage review have both already done 12Gbs with the true first 12gbs ssd… the toshiba! This isn’t even the first 12gbs ssd.

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You are absolutely correct and thanks. Paul snuck one in there while we were on our way to Computex. Thanks for the heads up!

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Three weeks ago….