2011 Mac Mini Server - 2x256GB Samsung 830 in RAID0

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by rw3, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. rw3 macrumors 6502a

    rw3

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    #1
    So since I have these 256GB Samsung 830 SSDs, see thread, I thought I would tear apart my 2011 Mac Mini Server to run some speed tests to see how they do in a RAID0 configuration. I normally run my Mac Mini with 2x1TB Samsung 1TB 5400rpm drives (HN-M101MBB Model Number) as I use it as media storage for streaming to AppleTVs (3 total in the house) and as a host for my Time Machine Backups.

    Test Configuration
    2011 Mac Mini Server
    OS X Lion 10.7.3 (Fresh Install)
    2x256GB Samsung 830 SSDs (Latest Firmware Installed)
    16GB (2x8GB) Patriot DDR3-1333 SO-DIMM Memory (Fry's Special for $159.99)

    Performance Results
    These things are pretty ridiculous (in a good way) when they are in a RAID0 configuration. The numbers speak for themselves.

    BlackMagic Disk Speed Test
    Read: 861.8 MB/s
    Write: 769.7 MB/s

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    GeekBench 2.2.7
    I also went ahead and did a Geekbench on this setup (my normal setup scores a 9746 in Geekbench.

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    NovaBench
    NovaBench is something that I came across in another thread and just thought that I would see how my Mac Mini Server compares to other systems. I was kinda impressed with the numbers that it gave.

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    So this should give you an idea of just how fast the Mac Mini can become when it has RAID0 SATAIII SSDs. I would love to see what the 512GB do as they seem to bench slightly better. You may be wondering why I didn't use a SandForce based drive for these tests and the answer is simply: I do not like the unreliability of the SandForce drives. I stay with Samsung or Marvell based drives.

    Feel free to ask any questions. Thanks

    Ryan
    ryan@xtrememacs.com
     
  2. Pheo macrumors regular

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    #2
    Thats silly fast!

    Interesting though. Just installed an Intel 520 120GB in my MM, hope its reliable! Plenty of backups being put in train if not!
     

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