Welcome to Myce’s review of the Kingston SSDNow E100 SATA Enterprise SSD.
The Kingston E100 can be described as a mainstream enterprise solution. It packages together 128GB of 32nm Toshiba Toggle NAND (with 28GB set aside for use by the controller) and an LSI Sandforce SF-2582 controller.
LSI Sandforce controllers, or Flash Storage Processors (‘FSPs’) as LSI Sandforce prefers to call them, have been hugely successful and are used by many SSD manufacturers. I remember well my first experience with a Sandforce FSP which was a few years ago, with an OCZ Vertex LE with a 3Gb/s, first generation, SF controller. As a member of the OCZ Support forum it was a lot of fun trying to figure out how the drive behaved.
The LSI Sandforce FSPs have a special capability – they can, where possible, compress data before it is written to NAND. As this is the first LSI Sandforce Enterprise drive we have reviewed we look at what makes them special on Page 3 below.
Market Positioning and Specification
This is how Kingston positions the E100 -
Here is Kingston’s specification for the E100 (taken directly from Kingston’s E100 Data Sheet) -
Please note that all the performance figures are for a drive in a ‘Fresh Out of the Box’, ‘FOB’ state, which I feel is not at all helpful for an enterprise drive as enterprise drives should be tested and measured in steady state conditions.
The Toshiba toggle NAND used by the E100 is, I understand, good for 30,000 Program/Erase Cycles.
Here is a picture of the Kingston E100 SSDNow E100 that I tested –
Now let's head to the next page, to look at Myce’s Enterprise Testing Methodology.....