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January 13, 2015

Buyer’s Guide to getting a used datacenter SSD inexpensively

Our buyer's guide to getting a used datacenter SSD inexpensively - with a little patience, dual ported SAS SSDs can be had for around $0.50/GB
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December 19, 2014

SSD Alignment: Why you should quickly benchmark every SSD

A quick example of why one should quickly benchmark every SSD to ensure proper setup and alignment
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May 15, 2014

Low Cost mSATA SSD Comparison Sub $80 Drives Compared

We compare four low cost (under $80) mSATA SSDs to see how they perform against each other and manufacturer claims.
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November 29, 2012

Using a LSI SAS 2308 HBA and SSD in Windows Server 2012? Turn Write Cache On or OFF?

This weekend I was doing some work on the new ServeTheHome storage test bed. It is a very fast machine. Once I got Windows Server 2012 working on the Supermicro X9DR7-LN4F, I ran into some troubling issues. I first added five different SSD combinations onto the onboard SAS 2308 controller. Write performance was simply abysmal. Benchmarking on an Intel PCH is very easy, everything just works out of the box. Benchmarking on the LSI SAS 2308 controller is a bit harder as I have been spending more time tuning the system. One area was to change the write cache setting from the default on to the off setting.

Drives were all 240GB or 256GB in capacity. This is a decent cross section [...]

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