SanDisk CloudSpeed 1000E Enterprise SSD Review

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Our Test Methodologies: Under each test condition, the Solid State Drives tested here were installed as secondary volumes in our testbed, with a separate drive used for the OS and benchmark installations. Out testbed's motherboard was updated with the latest BIOS available as of press time and AHCI (or RAID) mode was enabled. The SSDs were secure erased prior to testing, and left blank without partitions for some tests, while others required them to be partitioned and formatted, as is the case with our ATTO, PCMark 7, and CrystalDiskMark benchmark tests. Windows firewall, automatic updates and screen savers were all disabled before testing. In all test runs, we rebooted the system, ensured all temp and prefetch data was purged, and waited several minutes for drive activity to settle and for the system to reach an idle state before invoking a test.

HotHardware Test System
Intel Core i7 and SSD Powered

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Motherboard -


Video Card -

Memory -

Audio -

Storage -

 

Hardware Used:
Intel Core i7-4770K

Gigabyte Z87X-UD7 TH
(Z87 Chipset, AHCI Enabled)

Intel HD 4400

8GB G.SKILL DDR3-1600

Integrated on board

Corsair Force GT (OS Drive)
Intel SSD DC3500 (480GB)
SanDisk Extreme II (480GB)
Intel SSD DC3700 (200GB)
OCZ Vector 150 (240GB)
Micron p400m (200GB)
SanDisk CloudSpeed 1000 E (800GB)

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Chipset Drivers -
DirectX -

Video Drivers
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Relevant Software:
Windows 8.1 Pro x64
Intel 9.4.0.1027, iRST 12.8.0.1016
DirectX 11

Intel HD 10.18.10.33

Benchmarks Used:
IOMeter 1.1.0 RC
HD Tune v5.50
ATTO v2.47
AS SSD
CrystalDiskMark v3.0.3 x64
PCMark 7
SiSoftware Sandra 2014

IOMeter
I/O Subsystem Measurement Tool

As we've noted in previous SSD articles, though IOMeter is clearly a well-respected industry standard drive benchmark, we're not completely comfortable with it for testing SSDs. The fact of the matter is, though our actual results with IOMeter appear to scale properly, it is debatable whether or not certain access patterns, as they are presented to and measured on an SSD, actually provide a valid example of real-world performance for the average end user. That said, we do think IOMeter is a reliable gauge for relative available throughput within a given storage solution. In addition there are certain higher-end workloads you can place on a drive with IOMeter, that you can't with most other storage benchmark tools available currently.

In the following tables, we're showing two sets of access patterns; our custom Workstation pattern, with an 8K transfer size, 80% reads (20% writes) and 80% random (20% sequential) access and a 4K access pattern with a 4K transfer size, comprised of 67% reads (34% writes) and 100% random access.

 

The SanDisk CloudSpeed 1000E finished about in the middle of the pack in our IOMeter tests, once the concurrent IOs had increased above 16. In our workstation access pattern, the drive just missed the mark set by the Intel SSD DC 3700, and again, performance improved as the number of concurrent IOs increased.

In terms of bandwidth, the CloudSpeed 1000E also finished in the middle of the pack, just a notch behind the Intel SSD DC 3700.
 

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sevags 9 months ago

But the benchmarks only tell part of the story. The CloudSpeed 1000E is a drive designed for consistency and very high-reliability, which is difficult to show with a smattering of bar charts.

LOVE that part! Really great review Marco, awesome job!

Marco C 9 months ago

Thank you, sir. :)

Dave_HH 9 months ago

I want a pair of these in RAID 1 for our servers.

sevags 9 months ago

do it Dave, do it! and then make Marco review that setup too =p

acarzt 9 months ago

800MB huh?

Also, the drop down boxes don't seem to work for me..

Marco C 9 months ago

Hey Acarzt--the drop down for pages? Can you try a shift-refresh and let the page fully load before you try them again? They're working for me. Also, which browser? Thanks. Sorry for the trouble.

acarzt 9 months ago

Seems to be working now. I use IE and firefox; it's working for both.

You guys still list this SSD as 800MBs in your graphs though lol

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