A few months ago, users who want to buy an Intel motherboard series 6 are thrilled with the launch of a new chipset named the Intel Z68. One of the facilities that exist on the motherboard is an Intel Smart Response Technology. Articles on the subject, of course we’ve
presented previously. With the launch of the facility as well, Intel was secretly issued a Solid State Drive is specially used for caching.
The SSD is called the Larson Creek or used to be Ramsdale. At first glance, nothing interesting from the SSD. As you can see in the picture above, which is owned by the SSD capacity is only 20 GB only.
For a complete Windows 7, of course, that capacity is so small. In addition, it can be seen also that the SSD has no interface or SATA 6 Gbps SATA III.
One of the most interesting is the use of SSD flash NAND Single Level Cell manifold. SLC has a higher performance type of memory Multi-Level Cell or MLC. Duration of use of the memory of this one also reaches ten times that of MLC. With all these unique, making the SSD with SLC
memory type has a higher price. Because the duration of use that can reach 100,000 times the writing, making the SSD is suitable for caching, the common activities of reading and writing data.
Inside this SSD, installed five NAND memory has a capacity of 4 GB per chip memory with 34 nm manufacturing process. All were driven by Intel’s own chipsets. If you look at the back, none of the memory cells are installed there. It seems, the production of a single board
is the same as for board Intel SSD with SATA II other.
ISRT will run on modern operating systems like Windows 7, of course, these SSDs will have TRIM function.
Capacity : 20 GB
Components : Intel 34nm NAND Flash Memory
Single-Level Cell (SLC)
Form Factors : 2.5-inch SATA
Thickness : 9.5 mm
Weight : up to 88 grams
Thickness : 3.66 mm
Weight: up to 10 grams
Sustained Bandwidth Performance
- Sequential Read: Up to 200 MB/s
- Sequential Write: Up to 105 MB/s
Read and Write IOPS
(Iometer Queue Depth 32)
- Random 4 KB1 Reads: Up to 37,000 IOPS
- Random 4 KB Writes: Up to 3,300 IOPS
- Read: 65 μs (TYP)
- Write: 75 μs (TYP)
- Intel SSD Toolbox with Intel SSD Optimizer
- Intel Rapid Storage Technology
- Intel Smart Response Technology
- SATA Revision 2.6; compatible with
SATA 1.5Gb/s and 3Gb/s interface rates
- SSD-enhanced S.M.A.R.T. ATA feature set
- Native Command Queuing (NCQ) command set
- Data set management command
• Power Management
- 5 V (2.5-inch SATA) Supply Rail
- 3.3 V (mSATA) Supply Rail
- SATA interface power management
- Active (MobileMark 2007 Workload):
150 mW (TYP)
- Idle2: 75 mW DIPM-enabled (TYP)
- Operating: 0o C to 70o C
- Non-Operating: -55o C to 95o C
• Shock (operating and non-operating)
- 1,500 G/0.5 msec
- Operating: 2.17 GRMS (5-700 Hz)
- Non-operating: 3.13 GRMS (5-800 Hz)
- Uncorrectable Bit Error Rate (UBER):
1 sector per 1016 bits read
- Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF):
• Certifications and Declarations
- Microsoft WHQL
• Product Ecological Compliance
1. 4 KB = 4,096 bytes
2. Device Initiated Power Management (DIPM)-enabled.
Key Points SRT from Intel Engineering on SRT’s Benefits over Dual Drives:
• SRT can provide performance gains across the entire hard drive capacity – no matter how big the hard drive
• SRT maintains a single drive letter. User only has to manage a C: drive
• SRT can use an SSD as small as 20GB SLC and provide optimum performance/cost benefit
• SRT can also provide SSD-like performance gains caching a RAID array of hard disks
• Solve RAID 5 slowness without sacrificing an additional disk for RAID 10
• SRT also saves power due to opportunistic spin-down of the hard disk The Tests
The use of Intel chipsets Z68 motherboards would be faster again thanks to Intel Smart Response technology. The technology able to provide more space for caching a hard disk storage media. Performance of the SSD is indeed similar to the performance of an Intel SSD for
other classes on the market. However, the SLC makes the performance of which only 20 GB SSD faster and has a longer life for writing and reading activities are repeated for the purpose of an operating system.
For this Larson Creek 20 GB capacity, you need to spend you about USD 100. But, you could have cheaper price, if you buy a bundled Larson Creek motherboard. For comparison, with USD 70, you may be able to get an SSD with a capacity of 32 GB for the boot drive. However, the SSD wouldn’t be able to accelerate all the applications you install. Of course when you have a program like Adobe Photoshop and are not placed on the boot drive, the use of SSD caching, its performance will be better. The use of SSD Caching has actually been done at the
enterprise level. Intel brings it to the desktop user, both home and office. However, it seems the SSD is more suitable for home users who already understand the technology and professionals for high-computing activities, such as image and video editing.
• Fast performance
• Only for caching activities because 20 GB is insufficient for an operating system.
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