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I am going to reserve this space as I will post a very amatuer review (Because I am) of 5 256GB Crucial M4's in Various Raid configurations.

I have the drives for all tonight and tomorrow, maybe saturday to do various testing.

I will NOT be using my X79 motherboard as it only has 2 Sata 3 ports.

I WILL be using my Adpatec 6805 with ZMM installed and cache enabled to test (Raid 0/5/10/6) modes respectively. I own this card and no other right now so it's all I have. This is a PCI-e 8x Sata 6gbps card. NOT 3gbps limited.

I plan to use ATTO Bench, using default settings. HD Tune, Crystal Diskmark, and AS SSD to test them all.

I will also do a standalone drive on the enterprise raid controller to bounce those numbers off of the raid numbers.

I do know that the 6805 is not quite as fast as the LSI equivelant but it will certainly be better than any software configuration that will run under windows.

Due to the limited time I have with these disk I will only be doing limited benching.

I would test 6 drives but there is no need for that because I do not want to remove my personal M4 from my sig rig so 5 it will be.

Stay tuned.......

And just so you know I am not pretending here is a screen shot of all 5 drives destined to run in high performance corporate workstations.
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First...Awesome!

Second do this for benches: http://www.overclock.net/t/1179518/seans-ssd-buyers-guide-information-thread#post_15860073

Do not bother with HD TUNE or Crystal diskmark, both are crap for benching your SSDs and you will just be wasting wear on the SSDs.

Also, run a secure erase each after the sets of tests to reset the NAND.
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Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

First...Awesome!
Second do this for benches: http://www.overclock.net/t/1179518/seans-ssd-buyers-guide-information-thread#post_15860073
Do not bother with HD TUNE or Crystal diskmark, both are crap for benching your SSDs and you will just be wasting wear on the SSDs.
Also, run a secure erase each after the sets of tests to reset the NAND.

Okay I do not have the drives that long. So actually I might just do a RAID 0 test and call it a day.

It takes about oh ..... 2 days to secure erase drives on the Adaptec Raid Cards. ... so I dont have time for all that stuff. Maybe I might not bench them at all because of the time contraints.
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Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

First...Awesome!
Second do this for benches: http://www.overclock.net/t/1179518/seans-ssd-buyers-guide-information-thread#post_15860073
Do not bother with HD TUNE or Crystal diskmark, both are crap for benching your SSDs and you will just be wasting wear on the SSDs.
Also, run a secure erase each after the sets of tests to reset the NAND.

Okay I do not have the drives that long. So actually I might just do a RAID 0 test and call it a day.

It takes about oh ..... 2 days to secure erase drives on the Adaptec Raid Cards. ... so I dont have time for all that stuff. Maybe I might not bench them at all because of the time contraints.

Secure erase takes like 15 seconds on each drive...

Third post in this thread is a guide: http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-guide-optimization-for-ssds-hdds
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Sean I will update your thread as well... however I had to cut this really short this evening due to work related requirements and the use of these drives which are not my property. Sigh ...

Object: Benchmark 5x 256GB Crucial M4 SSD's
Results: Only able to conduct Raid 0 benches due to schedule changes.

Unfortunately I was only able to conduct RAID 0 benches due to a very late call I received tonight that my customer is going to need these installed tomorrow instead of monday. I had to cut her short in preparation. However the results are impressive and also some are average.

Platform:
3930K / Asus Rampage IV / Adaptec 6805 SAS 6gps enterprise card with write caching enabled. (DID NOT use motherboard ports in anyway)

Array: RAID 0 / 512kb Stripes (was gonna test more but ran out of time)

I used the following benchmarks:
ATTO / AS SSD / Anvil Storage Beta

Screenshots:

The RIG:
therig
therig2

The benches:
Anvil Storage Benchmark---
6805Anvil

AS SSD ---
6805ssdraid0

Lastly ATTO --- (YES YOU SEE 2GB/sec BIG B!)
6805ssdattoraid0

In closing I have to say it is sad I did not get my happy ending (literally a beer in hand), I did have a chance to see what these will do with 5 drives in RAID 0. Its freaking blazing on sequential transfers. However the 6805 doesnt seem to negotiate random IO so well. There are so many untested factors that I did NOT get to test so it's too early to rule out or rule in any one factor as a culprit for performance.

I was sincerely hoping to test RAID 0 (256kb/512KB striping), RAID 10, RAID 5 and 6. Unfortunately I take my work seriously and had to cut it short to prepare for tomorrow's installation.

Just wanted to share whatever results I was able to obtain this evening.

Thanks for tuning in for what little there is to see. I will try and set this test up again next time I get an opportunity to really have more time with the drives.
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