The Tech Report had the opportunity to benchmark four Intel X25-E Extreme solid state disks in RAID, you can check it out over here.
While the X25-E's dominating single-drive performance would surely satiate most folks, its target market is likely to seek out even greater throughput and higher transaction rates by combining multiple drives in RAID. The performance potential of a RAID 0 array made up of multiple Extremes is bountiful to say the least, and with the drive's frugal power consumption and subsequently low heat output, such a configuration should cope well in densely populated rack-mount enclosures. Naturally, we had to test this potential ourselves.
Armed with a high-end RAID card and four X25-Es, we've set out to see just how fast a RAID 0 array can be. This is easily the most exotic storage configuration we've ever tested, but can it live up to our unavoidably lofty expectations? Let's find out.
A four-drive X25-E Extreme array would cost you around $2,000, but it offers average read speeds of 560.5MB/s and average write speeds of 514.9MB/s. The read burst speed is a whopping 755.3MB/s!