Practical testing …
It checks whether the drives are recognized without problems and how high the data rate is. We finally connected two SSDs into a ZFS mirror. The data rate over 10G network of this ZFS mirror was also checked. The temperature is monitored during the entire test.
The following PC setup was used as a test system:
|Intel Mainboard||Atermiter X79 Turbo 2011 Mainboard|
|CPU||Intel Xeon E5-2670 V2|
|Cooling||Cooler Master Hyper TX3 EVO|
|Thermal compound||Revoltec Thermal Grease Diamond|
|SSD||WD Red 500|
|PSU||Cooler Master G450M|
|Case||InterTech 4U 4129L|
|Operating system||Proxmox 7.12|
|HBAs||HP H240 (upper 8 Connection) and Dell Perc H310 (lower 8 Connection)|
|NIC||Mellanox ConnectX-2 10G|
The MB516SP-B uses the full speed of the S-ATA SSDs as expected.
A ZFS mirror of two WD Red 500 SSDs results under Linux using the command:
dd if=/dev/zero of=/root/testfile bs=10G count=1 oflag=direct
In the following output:
2147479552 bytes (2.1 GB, 2.0 GiB) copied, 1.54221 s, 1.4 GB/s
Since the speed and IOPS increase proportionally to the number of vdevs in a striped mirror (similar to RAID10), a theoretical maximum speed of over 10,000 MB/s can be achieved when fully populated with 16 SSDs, see: wintelguy.com/raidperf.pl
The temperature of the SSDs remained in a pleasantly cool range even under permanent load, and the fan was on the low setting and almost inaudible. The fan’s volume is audible in the high setting, but not in an annoying pitch. However, the fan can also be deactivated via a switch if necessary.
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