Corsair P256 256GB SSD Review

Written by Harry Butler

June 5, 2009 // 10:13 a.m.

Tags: #128mb-cache #256gb #load-times #p #p256 #performance #review #ssd #tested

Companies: #arm #corsair

Iometer Results

Website: Iometer

Iometer is a powerful open source synthetic benchmarking tool, able to simulate the effects of a wide variety of software loads and circumstances on either individual hard disk drives and complete drive arrays. In the past we've chosen not to include it due to bit-tech's traditional preference towards real world benchmarks. However, to correctly check for drive stutter caused by extremely high random write latencies there aren't a great deal of options, so we've finally decided to include Iometer in our hard disk testing suite.

For our Iometer testing we used a 4GB portion of the drive and subjected it to random read or write commands or both, depending on the test, of 4KB, with three outstanding I/Os to simulate high level multi-tasking. We ran this each test for two minutes, repeating three times to ensure we recorded an accurate result.

As the differences in read and write latencies and speeds can be so pronounced, we've also included tables of information where appropriate, to help make understanding the random read/write performance differences between different SSDs and conventional hard disk drives easier.

Iometer

Random Combined Read & Write Speed

  • Intel X25-M 80GB SSD v8820
  • OCZ Vertex 120GB v.1.1
  • Corsair P256 256GB SSD
  • G.Skill Titan 256GB SSD
  • Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB
  • Seagate 1TB 7200.120.0
  • Samsung SpinPoint F1 1TB
  • G.Skill 128GB SSD
  • 17.54
  • 13.43
  • 7.45
  • 2.53
  • 1.19
  • 0.66
  • 0.52
  • 0.07
0
5
10
15
20
MB/s (higher is better)

Combined random read write speeds aren't necessarily an average of the random write and random read speeds as the heavy combined load stressing the drive controller to the limit. Having placed behind the OCZ Vertex in both random read and write speed though it's unsurprising to find that the Corsair P256, while many times faster than a conventional hard disk under this heavy synthetic load, still falls short of the OCZ and X25-M's random read/write speed.

Iometer

Random Combined Read/Write Response Time (Average)

  • Intel X25-M 80GB SSD v8820
  • OCZ Vertex 120GB v.1.1
  • Corsair P256 256GB SSD0.0
  • G.Skill Titan 256GB SSD
  • Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB
  • Seagate 1TB 7200.12
  • Samsung SpinPoint F1 1TB
  • G.Skill 128GB SSD
  • 0.66
  • 0.87
  • 1.57
  • 4.63
  • 9.83
  • 17.80
  • 22.52
  • 166.29
0
25
50
75
100
125
150
175
time (milliseconds) - less is better

Average combined read/write latencies are excellent though, and are many times faster than even the quickest hard disk drive, although are still a little slower than the OCZ Vertex or X25-M. However, when dealing with such fractional amounts of time the real world performance difference is negligible.

Iometer

Random Combined Read/Write Response Time (Maximum)

  • Corsair P256 256GB SSD
  • OCZ Vertex 120GB v.1.1
  • Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB
  • Samsung SpinPoint F1 1TB
  • Seagate 1TB 7200.12
  • Intel X25-M 80GB SSD v8820
  • G.Skill Titan 256GB SSD
  • G.Skill 128GB SSD
  • 16.84
  • 27.15
  • 33.23
  • 54.84
  • 63.89
  • 149.91
  • 418.00
  • 689.44
0
100
200
300
400
500
600
700
time (milliseconds) - less is better

The Corsair P256 has the lowest maximum latencies of any drive we've tested when tasked with a heavy combined random read/write workload, bettering every other SSD and hard disk drive and ensuring stutter free performance regardless of the work load.
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