Intel SSD 730 Series: Enthusiast Class Storage - HotHardware

Intel SSD 730 Series: Enthusiast Class Storage

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Our Test Methodologies: Under each test condition, the Solid State Drives tested here were installed as secondary volumes in our testbed, with a separate drive used for the OS and benchmark installations. Out testbed's motherboard was updated with the latest BIOS available as of press time and AHCI (or RAID) mode was enabled. The SSDs were secure erased prior to testing, and left blank without partitions for some tests, while others required them to be partitioned and formatted, as is the case with our ATTO, PCMark 7, and CrystalDiskMark benchmark tests. Windows firewall, automatic updates and screen savers were all disabled before testing. In all test runs, we rebooted the system, ensured all temp and prefetch data was purged, and waited several minutes for drive activity to settle and for the system to reach an idle state before invoking a test.

HotHardware Test System
Intel Core i7 and SSD Powered

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Hardware Used:
Intel Core i7-4770K

Gigabyte Z87X-UD7 TH
(Z87 Chipset, AHCI Enabled)

Intel HD 4600

8GB G.SKILL DDR3-1600

Integrated on board

Corsair Force GT (OS Drive)
AData XPG SX900 (256GB)
SanDisk Extreme II (480GB)
Samsung SSD 840 EVO (250GB)
Intel SSD 730 (480GB x 2)
OCZ Vertex 460 (240GB)

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Relevant Software:
Windows 8.1 Pro x64
Intel 9.4.0.1027, iRST 12.8.0.1016
DirectX 11

Intel HD 10.18.10.33

Benchmarks Used:
IOMeter 1.1.0 RC
HD Tune v5.50
ATTO v2.47
AS SSD
CrystalDiskMark v3.0.3 x64
PCMark 7
SiSoftware Sandra 2014

IOMeter
I/O Subsystem Measurement Tool

As we've noted in previous SSD articles, though IOMeter is clearly a well-respected industry standard drive benchmark, we're not completely comfortable with it for testing SSDs. The fact of the matter is, though our actual results with IOMeter appear to scale properly, it is debatable whether or not certain access patterns, as they are presented to and measured on an SSD, actually provide a valid example of real-world performance for the average end user. That said, we do think IOMeter is a reliable gauge for relative available throughput within a given storage solution. In addition there are certain higher-end workloads you can place on a drive with IOMeter, that you can't with most other storage benchmark tools available currently.

In the following tables, we're showing two sets of access patterns; our custom Workstation pattern, with an 8K transfer size, 80% reads (20% writes) and 80% random (20% sequential) access and a 4K access pattern with a 4K transfer size, comprised of 67% reads (34% writes) and 100% random access.

Across the board, save for one of the eight configurations tested, the Intel SSD 730 series drive led the pack in IOMeter, with both access patterns. In the 4K tests, specifically, the SSD 730 finished well ahead of its closest competitor.

As you'd expect looking at its IOPS performance, the Intel SSD 730 series drive led the pack in terms of total available bandwidth as well. The OCZ Vector 150 was close behind, but the SSD 730 led the pack nonetheless.
 

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Brad Moses

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The RAID performance is kick-ass! Thanks for the review Marco.

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These are probably one of the best all around SSDs on the market right now.

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No point to have that nice Skull logo on something going inside a case. Even if the case had a window you wouldn't see it. 

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NICE SSD! Too bad I can't put one in my in my Macbook Air.

Digitaldd; I don't think it is so much for looks as it is just an identifier for what drive it is. Easier to tell the difference with a skull on it than comparing model numbers.

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sevags:

NICE SSD! Too bad I can't put one in my in my Macbook Air.

Digitaldd; I don't think it is so much for looks as it is just an identifier for what drive it is. Easier to tell the difference with a skull on it than comparing model numbers.

 

In that case I would like to recommend the next model have a dragon on it.

 

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These SSDs are getting harder and harder to resist, especially with performance like this for about $1/GB.

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How could you not want to get that ssd.

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Very nice review, i love Intel SSD's, I would love to get my hands on this 480GB.

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hmm a worthy investment got to get one of these ^^

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