128KB SEQUENTIAL READ/WRITE
Sequential performance is measured similarly to the other two tests before. The drive is first secure erased to get it in a clean state. Next, we precondition the drive with a 128KB sequential write workload at QD32 until the drive is in a steady state. Finally, we cycle through QD1-32 for 5 minutes each for writes and then reads. All this is scripted to run with no breaks in between. The last hour of preconditioning, the average MB/s, and average latency for each QD is graphed below.
In the last hour of sequential preconditioning the drives show very tight consistency, but the SM863 again takes it to a new a new level. Latency only fluctuates .04ms while the PM863’s latency results fluctuate ~.2ms.
For 128KB reads we can see performance that is very similar with the PM863 actually coming out on top over the SM863 here. Both have practically the same latency results and are marginally better than the M510DC.
Again, the PM863 outshines the SM863 in 100% sequential writes. Latency results are also very similar.
It’s amazing that last year a slower 4TB drive went for $4,000, now for $2,200 you can do better.
Nice thorough review btw.
Does the SM863 (all capacities) support opal 2.0 out of the box?