Iometer

Our first benchmark is Iometer, which can be customised to simulate various types of drive accesses. The Strontium Matrix puts in a very good showing in the 4KB random read test.

Its 4KB random write peformance might not be anywhere close to the current king of the hill, the OCZ Vertex 3, but the Matrix still manages to come pretty close to the cheaper OCZ Agility 3. Of course, this isn't an entirely fair comparison as we're throwing together drives of different capacities.

The Strontium Gamma's 4KB random read performance is passable, but its 4KB random write performance is relatively poor. Comparing the Gamma with the 34nm OCZ Vertex 2 leads us to conclude that going from 34nm to 25nm is detrimental to write performance.

When it comes to sequential access, the Strontium Matrix's performance is competitive with the current generation of 6Gbps drives, if hardly the best out there. Once again, the Gamma's write performance is disappointing.

ATTO

Next up is the ATTO benchmark, which tests how a drive's performance scales with transfer size.

The Matrix's sequential read performance is fairly competitive with the other 6Gbps drives tested. However, its sequential write speed tops out at a mere 200MB/s. The Strontium Gamma looks more impressive here, even saturating the 3Gbps interface at larger transfer sizes.