Intel Solid-State Drive DC S3700 Review - HotHardware

Intel Solid-State Drive DC S3700 Review

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Next we ran SiSoft SANDRA, the the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. Here, we used the Physical Disk test suite and provided the results from our comparison SSDs. The benchmarks were run without formatting and read and write performance metrics are detailed below.

SiSoft SANDRA 2012
Synthetic HDD Benchmarking

The new Intel DC S3700 series drives performed very well in the light-duty SiSoft SANDRA physical disk benchmark. In this test, the DC S3700 series drives offered up the best read speeds with competitive write speeds. With the drives paired up in a RAID 0 configuration, performance was obviously much better and outpaced every other configuration we tested.
 

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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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