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PCMark Vantage HDD Tests

PCMark Vantage is an objective hardware performance benchmark tool for PCs running 32- and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows 7. PCMark Vantage is well suited for benchmarking any type of Microsoft Windows 7 PC: from multimedia home entertainment systems and laptops, to dedicated workstations and high-end gaming rigs. Benchmark Reviews has decided to use the HDD Test Suite to demonstrate simulated real-world storage drive performance in this article.

PCMark Vantage runs eight different storage benchmarks, each with a specific purpose. Once testing is complete, results are given a PCMark score while and detailed results indicate actual transaction speeds. Since it simulates real-world consumer workloads, Vantage gives much more weight to read speeds, and fast iOPS are not as important as they would be in a server or other business environment. With an overall score of 97944, the Samsung 950 PRO RAID-0 array deals us a bit of a surprise…

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You’ll notice that I have three results for the Samsung RAID here. When you create a RAID, one of the parameters you can adjust is the stripe size:

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(MSI oddly labels the “stripe” parameter as “strip”, but either works, really.) This is the smallest amount of data that can be read from or written to the array. Larger stripe sizes theoretically provide better performance, but waste space if you have a lot of data that’s smaller than the stripe size. Intel recommends 16kB stripes for most uses, and that’s what the Rapid Storage Technology configuration defaults to. However, given the odd results in the Vantage test, I ran it with stripe sizes of 8K and 32K as well.

As you can see, changing the stripe size made little difference.

This test result is the only one in which the Samsung array didn’t completely crush the competition. Now, you’ll note that its overall score is still faster than any SATA SSD, but it’s oddly far below the score recorded by a single 950 Pro.

 In the next section, I share my test conclusion.


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  1. Eric

    Question: Is RAID-0 SSDs worth it?
    Answer: Nope!

    1. David Ramsey

      Not for most people. Still, there are situations where yes, you could indeed use that kind of speed.

  2. David Musoke

    I have this drive configured as a 512GB x2 RAID-0 array.

    1. How can I update its driver from Samsung as it keeps on saying:

    “Samsung NVM Express Drive is not connected. Please connect the device and retry”.

    In fact no software from Samsung recognize my SSD RAID-0 array. What am I supposed to do to fix this? Samsung has not responded to my query…

    2. Can I convert from my RAID-0 array to a single 1TB drive without losing data? If so, how can I do it?
    The speed data you’ve taken there isn’t much difference in performance…

    Thanks,
    David

    1. David Ramsey

      1. Sorry, I don’t know of any way to get the Samsung software to recognize the RAID.

      2. No, there’s no way to convert your RAID 0 array “in place” to a non-RAID 1TB drive. You’ll have to back the drive’s contents up, break the array, created the spanned drive (if your motherboard BIOS supports that) and restore it.

      But why bother? The only thing you’d accomplish is making your 1TB volume somewhat slower. I’m pretty sure if the Samsung software won’t recognize a RAID 0 volume, it won’t recognize a spanned volume either.

  3. Oscar Alejandro Guignant

    Hi, the results obtained with CrystalDiskMark (3286MB/s reads and 2680MB/s writes) are on a software or hardware raid?
    I create a Raid 0 with Intel Raid Controller and not get to those numbers with CrystalDiskMark.

    1. David Ramsey

      Oscar, I created the RAID with the built-in software– i.e. Intel– on the MSI motherboard, which is equipped with two m.2 slots.

  4. Keith

    I recommend using an Asrock Extreme 7+ motherboard with Windows 10 on a flash drive and the latest Intel Rapid Storage Technology drivers on another flash drive. This motherboard will allow you to create a RAID0 array on say thee Samsung 512GB m.2 drives. There are guides on the internet on how to setup the BIOS and go through the required steps.

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