REPORT ANALYSIS AND CONCLUSION
Before we get to our final thoughts, we want to spend a minute thanking HGST for providing us with eight SSD800MM SSDs. There is no way we could have achieved the results that we did without HGST’s support. As we found out in our LSI 12Gbps review, the SSD800MM is a great drive with amazing, consistent performance.
With that said, we also have to take our hats off to Adaptec. Their ASR-8885 is a great RAID adapter. It offers 16 ports of 12Gbps SAS with amazing throughput. We had no issues hitting 700K IOPS and 6GB/s. Those are amazing maximums, but we were more impressed with the incredible consistency that we observed. With sub-microsecond variance, the Series 8 destroyed our latency tests.
Although prices may be high for the consumer market, the pricing for enterprise customers is very competitive, especially on a per port basis.
We applaud Adaptec for not resting on the success of the Series 7. It would have been easy for them to let LSI take the lead in the 12Gbps market, especially since 12Gbps SAS is in its infancy and there are only a handful SSD that can saturate 6Gbps SAS. Nobody would have blamed them for taking more time to get this product out. But, this is the exact reason why the PMC-Sierra acquisition was so important. It allowed Adaptec to lead in the market and not just follow.
Without a full LSI 12Gbps RAID adapter to compare it to, we can’t quite call Adaptec the winner for this round. But, with the reemergence of Adaptec, it doesn’t matter, the real winner is the consumer.