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Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD — Speed vs Capacity and Data Type (480GB)

Last updated May 06, 2012 - Send Feedback
OWC Mercury Accelsior
OWC Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD card

This page details the performance across the entire drive capacity (0..1000 files) using the DiskTester fill-volume test; see the notes and test details on the performance summary page.

The results shown below are for the 240GB OWC Mercury Accelsior, which has 2 X 120GB SSD modules installed on the PCIe card. Performance might be even higher with the 480GB model.

Results

See the graph below.

The performance is outstanding, and notably better with incompressible writes than the 240GB model. However, real-world usage shows that the actual write speed performance gains are quite modest, see the diglloydHuge test.

The graph captures an interesting initial-use hiccup in the write speed of incompressible data at about the 780 offset (orange line). Note that a “seasoned” drive offers somewhat lower (average) but consistent performance across the drive (gray line). The same behavior is noted with the 240GB model, a persuasive argument that it has to do with the Sandforce controller‘s reaction to incompressible data.

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OWC Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD card — write/read performance for single card
OWC Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD card — write/read performance for single card

RAID-0 stripe

With a striped pair (cards tested after the single-card tests and were thus “seasoned”), consistent speed is seen for both compressible and incompressible data across the entire drive, almost, except for the initial write-speed oddity.

Reasons for the initially lower performance near “0” seen below for incompressible writes are unclear, but the Sandforce controller does some background housekeeping, and it’s possible that the test was started while it was performing some housekeeping task (pure speculation here).

OWC Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD card — write/read performance RAID-0 stripe
OWC Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD card — write/read performance RAID-0 stripe

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