Patriot Wildfire SATA 3 SSD Performance Testing – Conclusions

CONCLUSION

At the end of the day, we need to illustrate a very important point. While the LSI 9265-8i is the fastest RAID card on the planet, it simply cannot give these drives the true justice that they deserve.  The throughput of the Patriots, both in MB/s and IOPS, if they could scale perfectly in RAID would be phenomenal. 4.440 GB/s would be the highest attainable throughput!

As seen in this result with Iometer testing the maximum speed (128KB @ QD 128), we did attain the highest speed of any drives that we have tested on the 9265, a whopping 2.8 GB/s!   This is the limitation of the RAID card, and not the drives.

Bear in mind that that there is still plenty of speed there that the Wildfires can give that simply cannot be utilized as of yet.  The LSI card that we used simply cannot go that fast. Right now there is not a controller that can handle the sheer power of the Patriot Wildfires in this array. As next generation RAID controllers start to appear that are capable of handling the throughput of these types of drives, we hope to be there on the cutting edge to witness the unseen levels of performance that this would bring about!

We would like to thank Patriot Memory for the use of their WildFire SSDs in this, and the Areca Expander review that they were used in. We went out looking for the absolute fastest drives for our Test Bench and Patriot delivered.  One of the most amazing qualities of the Patriots are the phenomenal latnecy that we experienced. You simply cannot trump excellent latency, regardless of the metric that you use for comparison.

Bandwidth is great, but latency is forever!

The SandForce controller combined with the Wildfire firmware just gave us some truly superb results. A big problem that many reviewers and testers run into with SandForce controlled drives is that it is difficult to show the true performance in benchmarks when there are different levels of compressibility of the data. Sometimes the results just aren’t indicative of that BAM! acceleration that you feel when you actually use the device. There is no method to truly measure the ‘snappiness’ factor that a user will feel when they use the drive, other than looking to the true latency of the device itself.

The excellent latency points to a truly astounding base latency for these devices and that isn’t always clear when testing with on board solutions. They simply add a small amount of overhead that masks the true base latency of any SSD. The key takeaway for base latency is that is a measurement of the true capability of the device.

A great show from Patriot, as this array was able to best every other storage solution we have tested to date!

 

 NEXT: Introduction

~ Introduction ~ Test Bench And Protocol ~

~ Anvil Storage Utilities and ATTO ~ HDTune Pro and AIDA ~

~ WEI and AS SSD ~ PCMark Vantage Total Points ~

~ Conclusion ~

 

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Thanks for the awesome review! I love playing these “what-if” dream scenarios in my head . . . If money was not an object and you could actually afford to spend ~ $3,200.00 for 960GB of SATA III SSD awesomeness that would be second to nothing else out there (for now) . . . which one would it be? Hum . . . decisions, decisions . . . what would you do? $3,141.89 for the LSI 9265-8i + eight (8) Patriot Wildfire 120GB SATA III’s? / OR $3,299.99 for the OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 960GB PCIe card? / Based on… Read more »

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Is no trim function in raid an issue?

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So how fast would windows boot with this setup? I didn’t see you test that… I doubt that’s testable, but either way I’d love to know.

Like 1 second?

SITE RESPONSE: Instant on isn’t a reality just yet. I have had Windows boot in as fast as 8 seconds none the less from push of the button until the screen is ready to go. On average though, my system starts around 14 seconds from press of the button.

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4KB-writes don’t improve much on RAID-0, comparing to a single Wildfire 120GB performance review. That is 30.85/72.82 MB/sec. of 4KB-read/write in RAID-0 versus 16.80/58.05 MB/sec. of 4KB-read/write of a single Wildfire 120GB (AS SSD results). As found on other sites, Vertex 3 120GB shows 20.00/72.41 MB/sec. of 4KB-read/write in AS SSD – close to RAID performance.
Anyway, this review will be useful for server-builders mostly, and entertaining for us.

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Hi Paul Quite broaden answer from you. This next spec of SATA is known on the web as SATA Express. If I got you right, connection of 8 these Wildfires straight to PCI-e bus would have shown, presumably, better performance due to less overhead that PCI-e controller causes in comparison to SATA3 controller. What is known is that SATA Express allows for 8 and 16Gbps bandwidth. Basing on this, we would see higher sequential read/writes definitely. As for me, I intend to replace that bulky PC in favour of notebook at last. That is why I will be rather looking… Read more »

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