Intel SSD 730 Series: Enthusiast Class Storage
SANDRA and ATTO Disk Benchmark
Next we ran SiSoft SANDRA 2014, the the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. Here, we used the Physical Disk test suite and provide the results from our comparison SSDs. The benchmarks were run on unformatted drives and read and write performance metrics are detailed below.
We've added some RAID 0 scores to get your juices flowing a bit, in the rest of the tests you'll see here. According to SANDRA, the SSD 730 trails only the SanDisk Extreme II drive, by a few MB/s at least. The RAID 0 config, obviously blew everything else out of the water.
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.
In the ATTO Disk Benchmark, the Intel SSD 730 offered competitive read speeds regardless of transfer size, though it did trail slightly once the transfer size exceeded 64K. In the write test, however, the SSD 730 put up the best scores from 4K to 4K and then remained competitive with the rest of the drives throughout the rest of the tests. And yes, those are transfer speeds in excess of 1GB/s with the Intel SSD 730 RAID 0 setup.