LSI WarpDrive 300GB PCI Express SSD Review

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CrystalDiskMark Performance

CrystalDiskMark is a synthetic benchmark that tests both sequential as well as random small and large file transfers.  It does a nice job of providing a quick look at best and worst case scenarios with regard to SSD performance, best case being larger sequential transfers and worse case being small, random transfers. 

CrystalDiskMark Benchmarks
Synthetic File Transfer Tests


Fusion-io ioDrive 160GB SLC


Fusion-io - 80GB MLC


OCZ IBIS 240GB HSDL MLC

OCZ RevoDrive 120GB
MLC
 

OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB MLC

LSI WarpDrive 300GB SLC

CrystalDiskMark probably most accurately illustrates the high level performance picture of the WarpDrive.  When you look at large sequential transfers, the WarpDrive shows very strong write speeds but middle of the road read throughput.  However, with smaller 512K random requests, both read and write performance scale up nicely and the product easily keeps pace with Fusion-io's fastest SLC-based SSD.  What's really impressive is the high queue depth throughput at the 4K QD32 mark.  The WarpDrive actually smokes the Fusion-io ioDrive and offers the fastest throughput of any device we've tested here, by a significant margin.  The moral of the story?  The LSI WarpDrive is very well suited to data center server environments where high availability and low IO response times are critical; which is fitting of course, when you consider LSI's pedigree in the space.

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