Fusion-io ioXtreme PCI Express SSD Review

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PCMark Vantage HDD Test Module

Next we ran the Intel RAID 0 arrays, our 256GB OCZ Z-Drive and the Fusion-io ioXtremes through a battery of tests in PCMark Vantage from Futuremark Corp. We specifically used only the HDD Test module of this benchmark suite to evaluate all of the drives we tested. Feel free to consult Futuremark's white paper on PCMark Vantage for an understanding of what each test component entails and how it calculates its measurements. For specific information on how the HDD Test module arrives at its performance measurements, we'd encourage you to read pages 35 and 36 of the white paper.

Futuremark's PCMark Vantage

We like PCMark Vantage's HDD Performance for its real-world application measurement approach to testing.  From simple Windows Vista start-up performance to data streaming from a disk drive in a game engine and video editing with Windows Movie Maker, we feel that these tests illustrate more of a real-world performance profile of an SSDs in an end user/consumer PC or Workstation usage model.

Once again the ioXtreme single card setup shows its prowess and even excels past the likes of a 4-drive Intel SSD RAID array, save for the Photo Gallery test.  Interestingly, our ioXtreme/ioXtreme Pro Windows software RAID 0 setup offered less performance versus a single ioXtreme drive in these tests.  As you'll note in our upcoming Iometer tests, the ioXtreme drives due consume a fair bit of CPU resources, so perhaps this is why we're seeing lower scores here.  We've reached out to Fusion-io with respect to this anomaly and will offer an update with insight here, should more details become available.

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