It was time to upgrade and enhance my home lab to stick with my needs. First of all I finally decided to buy an Intel SSD X25-M G2 160GB on eBay.
So the Intel SSD got delivered this week and I spent some times to run benchmark tests against the SSD. For that I attached the disk to my lappy through the eSATA/Combo port and formated the whole disk with NTFS (used default 4KB AUS).
FYI I have listed all the benchmark tools I use in a quite old article now but still valuable. Also have a read of Maish Saidel-Keesing‘s recent article on Benchmarking your Disk I/O. You will be able to download a tailored iometer.cfg file, actually the same I used here.
Let’s get back to this SSD device and I can tell you it’s a beast! See by yourself, the maximum Read and Write IOPS are phenomenal. I ran the well-known IOMeter tool to measure the maximums you could get out of this disk:
+12300 Read IOPS@512Bytes and +7300 Write IOPS@512Bytes. (Figure 1 and Figure 2)
+219MB/s Read @256KBytes and +97MB/s Write @256KBytes. (Figure 3 and Figure 4)
Then I ran another well known tool; HDTune Pro 4.01. Look at the column ‘ms’. This is 20 to 80 times faster than a regular HDD!
After I ran those tests, I stick the disk in my QNAP TS-459 NAS device, Formatted it with EXT4 and created an iSCSI Target and LUN of 75GB and a NFS share with the remaining space.
Then I attached the two disks to my nested ESXi4.0U2 host and again I ran some benchmark tests but that’s for another post… Also more hardware to come in my home lab so stay tuned 😉