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Kingston V+ 200 240GB SSD Review

Posted 14 June 2012 12:56 CET by Antonis Sapanidis

I/O Performance

There is little point of having an SSD drive that has blazing sustained reading and writing speeds, if the drive can't handle reading and writing of small random files. If you intend to use your new SSD drive to store and run your operating system, then the drive must be able to cope with the many small random files that Windows will write to the drive continually. So I feel it is very important to test how many of these random files that a drive can handle in one second. I believe that anything over 1,000 I/O’s per second would be enough for most users running a consumer grade mainstream PC, and should provide a smooth running system. But obviously, the more I/O's that a drive can handle, the faster the drive will feel and leave more headroom for those huge multitasking sessions that users sometimes engage in.

The things that I will look at are the total I/O per second and total MB/s.

Partition alignment and sector boundaries

Windows 7 and Vista will automatically align a partition to 4k boundaries during partition creation, Windows XP won’t. It is imperative that an SSD’s partition is aligned. Windows XP is also restricted to sector boundaries, while Windows 7 will use 4k boundaries if it can. The Intel 510 is 4k boundary aware, and will use these boundaries if possible. Of course it will also remap LBAs for compatibility with the sector boundaries so that the drive can be used with Windows XP.

IOMeter allows us to set the sector boundaries for conducting the tests, and I have therefore set the sector boundaries at 4K, which means the IOMeter tests are valid for Windows 7 and Windows Vista users. XP users will not be able to obtain such results.

I will provide a screenshot of the tests on the review drive for those of you who like to see the actual test result. All the comparison drive results are represented in the form of graphs.

If any of you would like to see a screenshot from any IOMeter test on a particular drive, please feel free to request one, and I’ll post the screenshot in the forum thread.

All the IOMeter tests create a 10GB data set on the target drive, and each test is run for a duration of 3 minutes.


IOMeter 4K random write test with repeating data.

The first test involves creating continual 4KB random files on the target drive with IOMeter. I use a 4KB file size, as it is believed that Windows will create and modify many of this size of file constantly in the background during a typical Windows session. It is said that most 4K random writes take place at a queue depth of only one, and I have been requested to include this test in my reviews.

Queue depth 1

Kingston V+ 200 240GB SSD – 4K random write (QD1)

The Kingston V+ 200 SSD shows impressive performance, topping out at 68.47 MB/Sec.

Queue depth 4

Kingston V+ 200 240GB SSD (Queue depth 4)

The Kingston V+ 200 SSD continues to show great performance.

Queue depth 32

Kingston V+ 200 240GB SSD (Queue depth 32)

The Kingston V+ 200 SSD shows limited performance on this test.


IOMeter 4K random read test.

If there are many 4k files created, then that must also mean that many 4k files need to be read. This test measures 4k reading performance.

It is said that most 4K random reads take place at a queue depth of only one, and readers have requested that I include this test in my reviews.

Queue depth 1

Kingston V+ 200 240GB SSD (Queue depth 1)

Again the Kingston V+ 200 shows great performance with a maximum speed of 30.38 MB/Sec.

Queue depth 4

Kingston V+ 200 240GB SSD (Queue depth 4)

The Kingston V+ 200 in this test gives an average performance.

Queue depth 32

Kingston V+ 200 240GB SSD (Queue depth 32)

The Kingston V+ 200 SSD gives us an average result of 134.83 MB/s.


IOMeter 512KB write test with repeating data.

Sequential writing performance is also very important; in this test sequential writing performance is measured.

Kingston V+ 200 240GB SSD 512K Sequential write with repeating data

The Kingston V+ 200 SSD achieves a speed of 486.57MB/Sec. A very good result.


IOMeter 512KB read test.

This test measures 512k sequential reading performance.

Kingston V+ 240GB SSD – 512K sequential reading test

When it comes to reading, the Kingston V+ 200 gives a very good result, max read speed is 497.20 MB/Sec.


IOMeter Workstation simulation (outstanding I/Os = 64).

When running applications you will find that there is a mixture of small random files and larger sequential files, being created and read. Not only that, it isn’t just one file at a time. In this test I measure a simulated workstation pattern, with a queue depth of 64 (threaded).

Kingston V+ 200 240GB SSD – Workstation simulation

Once again the Kingston V+ 200 SSD gives an acceptable performance.

Summary

Overall, the performance of the Kingston V+ 200 SSD gave us some good results, but on some tests it falls short of the competition mainly because of the asynchronous NAND that it uses.

 

Now let’s head to the next page where we will look at how the Kingston V+ 200 SSD performs using a brand new benchmarking application....

 

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