Intel Solid-State Drive DC S3700 Review
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.
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.
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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