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Romex FancyCache Review – SSD Performance At 13GB/s and 765,000 IOPS In 60 Seconds Flat!

Clicking on C: will let us modify settings, so let’s select 4K blocks, set the cache size to 4096MB, enable deferred writes, then select Start Caching.  That’s it.  You’re now caching.

FC Main Panel 2You can verify the active settings with the Status area.  It verifies the settings are the ones chosen and that the cache is active.

Now, we can look at the performance monitor by clicking the button in the status window:

Performance MonitorRight after starting the cache, the hit rate is practically 0%.  As the time and workload increases, the right data starts to get cached.  Here is the performance monitor during an intense, protracted workload:

Performance Monitor 2A little time and data can do wonders.  The hit rate during a benchmarking session is almost 100%.  This means virtually every request is being serviced out of the cache at light speed.

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The particular SSD in this test, a 120GB Mushkin Chronos Deluxe, is being used as the system drive.  It’s had weeks to settle in, and performance has become quite average.  So before looking at benches with caching enabled, let’s get a baseline.Chronos Deluxe 120 No CachingAlthough this run with Anvil’s Storage Utilities is with almost incompressible data, performance is still well below where it is fresh out of box.  It’s clearly in a used, steady state.  So can a little caching help improve the performance?

SSD Baseline PeformanceThat would be a most definite yes!  The above numbers are just plain silly, showing off what 1333MHz DD3 CAS 9 can do when accelerating a modern SSD, even one suffering the effects of performance degradation.  But something else is going on here — those face-melting 511,167 4K random read IOPS?  They’re being CPU limited.  That is, the number one performance limitation in this particular circumstance is the CPU.  Even a small increase in CPU performance could greatly increase the result here. 

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