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SSD Test Arrays

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Intel DC P3700 Series

Our Intel SSD DC P3700 800GB and 1.6TB Review article found the Intel DC P3700 series to offer a wide range of products and impressive performance. We also have newer test results of a single 1.6TB AIC (Add-In Card) drive that are comparable to our current test regimen in a number of our latest enterprise SSD product evaluations, including the Intel 2.5" NVMe DC P3700 SSD Review.

The thirty 400GB DC P3700 models we utilized for testing feature up to 450,000/75,000 4K random read/write IOPS and up to 2,700/1,080 MB/s of sequential read/write throughput. The PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs come in capacities of 400GB to 2TB, and offer up to 17 DWPD (Drive Writes Per Day) of endurance over the five-year warranty period. The SSDs come in AIC and 2.5" form factors.

As noted, Intel sent along 30 of the 400GB models, and we added two of our 1.6TB models to complete the array during simultaneous dual-host testing. However, all test results presented in the article are with 16 of the 400GB Intel DC P3700 SSDs.

SanDisk Fusion ioMemory SX300 Series

The SanDisk Fusion ioMemory products are data center veterans that employ the proprietary VSL architecture, which utilizes host compute and RAM to power the underlying flash resource. The VSL layer reduced latency and helped pave the way for PCIe SSDs in the data center.

The SX300 Series comes in capacity points of 1.25 to 6.4TB and provides up to 12 PBW of endurance over the five-year warranty period. The thirty-two 3.2TB models we utilized for testing are rated for 2.7/2.2 GB/s of sequential throughput and 345,000/385,000 4K random read/write IOPS, but it is noteworthy that we were unable to attain comparable figures with full-span steady state testing in the SanDisk Fusion ioMemory SX300 SSD Review. We measured the top speed of a single card at 272,699/138,207 4K random read/write IOPS.