Intel Solid-State Drive DC S3700 Review

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ATTO is another "quick and dirty" type of disk benchmark that measures transfer speeds across a specific volume length. It measures raw transfer rates for both reads and writes and graphs them out in an easily interpreted chart. We chose .5kb through 8192kb transfer sizes and a queue depth of 6 over a total max volume length of 256MB. ATTO's workloads are sequential in nature and measure raw bandwidth, rather than I/O response time, access latency, etc. This test was performed on blank, formatted drives with default NTFS partitions in Windows 7 x64.

ATTO Disk Benchmark
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The new Intel DC S3700 series drives also performed very well in the ATTO Disk Benchmark. Here, the single drive DC S3700 configurations were competitive across the board and were only outpaced by the SandForce based drives. When paired up in two-drive RAID 0 configurations, the DC S3700 series drives also offered up strong performance that trailed only the Intel SSD 520 series RAID 0 setup.
 

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I like that you call it cheap in comparison to other enterprise drives, but then list it as "realtively expensive" under the "nots". That's like calling a porche expensive when comparing it to the price of a kia.

But yeah, I agree it's too expensive for us still living in mud huts.

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Well, it's relatively expensive in light of all SSDs, but it's not for its target market.

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Marco, re: "the Intel DC S3700 offers flat, consistent performance across the board, regardless of the queue depth or access pattern".

This is a clear sign of a design defect. When performance does not improve as a function of queue depth, it means that the drive is essentially broken, incapable of parallelization of queued I/O request.

That Intel marketeers can turn this around into some bizarre kind of "advantage" is amusing, at best.

From what I can see, these new "Data Center" class SSDs from Intel are optimized only to increase Intel's profit margins.

Apparently they do this by eliminating the licensing costs of the LSI Sandforce controller, which outperforms the Intel silicon by a factor of 2x-3x.

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ClockSpeedy, Keep in mind this Intel 'enterprise' drive is an MLC model which is why its more reasonably priced. The SLC enterprise SSDs are still the way to go if speed and reliability are the key factors.

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