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Beginners Guide: Intel Smart Response Technology and Intel 311 Larson Creek SSD

Beginners Guide: Intel Smart Response Technology and Intel 311 Larson Creek SSD - PCSTATS
Abstract: With the launch of the Intel Z68 motherboard chipset, Intel also unveiled a novel addition to its Rapid Storage Technology v10.5 disk storage and RAID management tool called Smart Response Technology. What's interesting about Intel Smart Response Technology (SRT) is that it can designate a single SSD to cache frequently accessed I/O data in a sort of hybrid RAID 0 arrangement.
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External Mfg. Website: Intel May 12 2012   Max Page  
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PCMark Vantage HDD Test Suite: Testing Intel SRT

Diving into the PCMark Vantage HDD test suite reveals actual MB/s figures that have more bearing than dimensionless values. Across the board Intel SRT improves responsiveness roughly four-fold. What's interesting about this benchmark is we can compare Intel SRT in Enhanced mode to Intel SRT in Maximized mode (slightly more risky where potential data loss is concerned).

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportFuturemark PCMark Vantage - HDD Suite
Windows Defender: (MB/s) Points Ranking
SSD 153.465
HDD 20.466
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 1 20.237
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 2 120.669
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 3 114.189
HDD + Cache SSD (Maximized) RUN 1 20.677
HDD + Cache SSD (Maximized) RUN 2 123.118
HDD + Cache SSD (Maximized) RUN 3 118.959

As we saw previously, the ceiling is held by the SSD system (153.465MB/s) and the floor by the HDD system (20.466MB/s).

In both Intel SRT Enhanced and Maximized modes, the first benchmark run comes in at the same level as the HDD system result. Makes sense, right? Windows 7 is installed on the same Western Digital WD740 Raptor hard drive for both the HDD + Cache SSD system and HDD system.

Once that data is cached on the Intel 311 SSD the results improve 6x!

The Enhanced mode yields 120MB/s out of the gate while the Maximized mode is slightly quicker at 123MB/s. Both scenarios drop a bit by the third benchmark iteration.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportFuturemark PCMark Vantage - HDD Suite
Gaming: (MB/s) Points Ranking
SSD 145.101
HDD 14.064
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 1 14.693
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 2 123.917
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 3 124.048
HDD + Cache SSD (Maximized) RUN 1 14.82
HDD + Cache SSD (Maximized) RUN 2 118.525
HDD + Cache SSD (Maximized) RUN 3 118.916

Again, Intel SRT improves the speed to that of near SSD levels. In this test, Enhanced mode offers somewhat better results than Maximized....

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportFuturemark PCMark Vantage - HDD Suite
Importing Pictures: (MB/s) Points Ranking
SSD 188.798
HDD 37.987
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 1 32.818
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 2 145.343
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 3 145.431
HDD + Cache SSD (Maximized) RUN 1 32.188
HDD + Cache SSD (Maximized) RUN 2 141.487
HDD + Cache SSD (Maximized) RUN 3 133.684

Dito. Better overall improvement to 145MB/s this time around.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportFuturemark PCMark Vantage - HDD Suite
Windows Vista Startup: (MB/s) Points Ranking
SSD 176.547
HDD 19.14
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 1 25.073
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 2 118.636
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 3 118.152
HDD + Cache SSD (Maximized) RUN 1 25.911
HDD + Cache SSD (Maximized) RUN 2 119.452
HDD + Cache SSD (Maximized) RUN 3 123.474

Windows Vista start up improves by 6.2x!

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportFuturemark PCMark Vantage - HDD Suite
Editing Videos: (MB/s) Points Ranking
SSD 196.339
HDD 47.515
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 1 45.346
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 2 91.016
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 3 92.651
HDD + Cache SSD (Maximized) RUN 1 53.319
HDD + Cache SSD (Maximized) RUN 2 136.343
HDD + Cache SSD (Maximized) RUN 3 137.193

Finally a significant difference between Enhanced and Maximized modes. Intel SRT Enhanced mode bumps the native HDD system from 47MB/s to 92MB/s, quite good overall. The more aggressive Intel SRT Maximized mode triples the native HDD system result from 47MB/s to 137MB/s in this test.

If you do a lot of work editing video content, Intel Smart Response Technology tuned to the Maximized mode may be the best path to follow ( if your system is data constrained ). Well, installing the operating system onto a SSD would be the best path, but adding an SSD cache via Intel SRT certainly speeds things up too.

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Contents of Article: Intel Intel 311 Larson Creek
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guide: Intel Smart Response Technology and Intel 311 Larson Creek SSD
 Pg 2.  Setting Up Intel Smart Response Technology
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: Testing Intel SRT
 Pg 4.  PCMark Vantage: Testing Intel SRT
 Pg 5.  — PCMark Vantage HDD Test Suite: Testing Intel SRT
 Pg 6.  PCMark Vantage HDD Test Suite Continued

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