I still continue to run benchmarks of different SSD cards. This time I show numbers for Virident FlashMAX 1400. This is a MLC PCIe SSD device. There are couple notes on these results.
First, this time I use a different server. For this benchmark it is Cisco UCS C250, while for previous results I used HP ProLiant DL380 G6.
Second note is, that I use a mode “turbo=1″ for Virident card. What does that mean? Apparently PCIe specification has a limitation on available power. If I am not mistaken it is25W, however Virident to provide full write performance requires 28W. And while many servers can handle 28W on PCIe, this is a non-standard mode, and Virident by default uses25W (turbo=0). To force full power, I load a driver with turbo=1. I also use “maxperformance” formatting for Virident, which gives less capacity (1.2TB visible for user), but reserves internally more space to provide better write performance.
So as usually I start with random writes, async.
Soon after initial period, the result stabilizes at 550 MiB/sec level.
Random read throughput is very close to perfect line, and it is 1450 MiB/sec.
This is best read throughput I’ve seen so far in my benchmarks.
There we can see that 1450 MiB/sec is not quite achievable in sync mode, and only 64 threads are getting close.
In the conclusion, from all tested cards, Virident FlashMAX shows the most stable results and the best absolute performance so far.