But SSDs can also spit out blazingly-fast performance. To this end, Kingston ran us through a demonstration with a machine equipped with a total of six SSDs. The boot drives, composed of two 64GB V-series models, were set to RAID0 using the SATA controller on the motherboard. A further four V+ drives, 256GB in capacity each, were also in RAID0 but powered by PCIe-based Intel RAID controller.
Booting up in around 15 second once the POST sequence has been completed, the test involved opening up 50 applications and documents located on the boot drives. Taking just over 30 seconds and designed to highlight the sequential-speed nature of SSDs, the demonstration would take considerably longer on spindle-based storage.
The second test involved moving 41.6GB/s of data from one RAID array to the other. Completing the task in just over a minute and therefore averaging some 700MB/s, the speed is fantastically fast. Actually we're not sure how Kingston has pulled such speed considering the combined throughput of the boot drives, but there you are.
As we have mentioned before, the very cost of SSDs - now more expensive than ever - stops them from being adopted by the vast majority of users. The transfer-rate benefits are very obvious, though.