Corsair MP300 240GB NVMe SSD Review

Posted 29 July 2018 17:52 CET by Jeremy Reynolds

OakGate Sustained Write and Recovery Tests

Sustained Sequential Writes

This test starts with a purge (Secure Erase), so that the drive is in a FOB state, and then performs 128K Sequential Writes until twice the drive’s User Capacity has been written to.

Here is a graph showing the resulting Write Bandwidth over time –

 

 

Let’s zoom in on the first 75 seconds –

 

You can see that the Corsair MP300 holds a steady speed around 850 MB/s until 6 seconds has passed. This is clear evidence of the Corsair MP300’s  SLC Write Cache Technology coming into play – as the drive is empty at the start of the test, the drive is able to write to around a capacity of 5GB before its SLC Write Cache is exhausted and the write speed crashes.

4K Random Writes, FOB to Degraded (Steady State) to Recovered

This test is designed to fully degrade the drive’s performance and then see how it recovers following a Trim and a period of Rest.

In this test I start with a purge of the drive to take it to a FOB state.

  1. FOB Performance – 4K Random Writes Bandwidth

I then test the FOB 4K Random Write Performance for 120 seconds at Queue Depths of 1 and 32, in an IO Range of 16GB, the result was as follows –

  1. Sequential Writes to two times User Capacity

I then performed 128K Sequential Writes to the drive for twice the drive’s user capacity (as in the previous Sustained Sequential Writes).

  1. 4K Random Writes for 1 Hour

This was immediately followed by performing 4K Random Writes to the drive for 1 hour. Here is a graph showing the resulting Bandwidth over Time –

 

 

You can see that the Random 4K Write performance eventually settles into a steady state of around 30 MB/s.

  1. Fully Degraded, 4K Random Write ‘Steady State’ Performance

I then immediately test the 4K Random Write Performance (as we did in the initial FOB test), and the result was as follows –

You can see that performance has dropped significantly compared to the test performed in the FOB step.  At this stage it is fair to say that the drive’s performance is fully degraded and in a Steady State.  It’s as bad as it can get!

  1. Trim and Rest for 5m

I then liberally sent Sequential Trim commands to the drive for a minute (to ensure that the drive’s entire range of logical blocks (= User Capacity) was trimmed.

I then let the drive rest for 5 minutes before retesting 4K Random Write performance again. The result was –

  1. ‘Recovered’ 4K Random Write Performance after Trim and 5 minutes rest

You can see that performance has nigh on fully recovered to support the 120 second burst of 4K Random Writes at a Queue Depth of 1, but then the Corsair MP300 falls back to a significantly degraded level of performance for the subsequent burst of writes, performed at a Queue Depth of 32.  I feel that this level of recovery is a bit disappointing.

For interest let’s have a closer look at the BW over Time, time graph for the 120 seconds of Random 4K, Queue Depth 32 writes –

You can see that performance gradually recovered for the first 100 seconds after which it falls.

For interest here is the bandwidth over time for the first 120 seconds, performed at a queue depth of 1 –

You can see that the MP300 is happily maintaining performance throughout the 120 seconds.

 

 

For interest, the ‘recovered’ bandwidth over time results can be compared to those achieved at the FOB stage. Firstly, the 120 seconds of 4K, Queue Depth 32, writes in the FOB test –

You can see here that the peak speed was maintained through to the end of the 120 second period.

Secondly, the 120 seconds of 4K, Queue Depth 1, writes in the FOB test –

 


Now let’s head to the next page, to look at the Conclusions from this review…..