For content creation, Intel have simulated access to via video creation applications. This is made up of 98 files with 12MB reads and 14MB writes in varying sizes of blocks. The activity is predominantly non-sequential with the majority of access time made up of writing to the drives. There are quiet periods of read/write activity interrupted with busy periods to present a difficult workload on the drives.
We’ve always found that parity based arrays suffer in this type of test environment, however the biggest difference we found was between RAID0 and RAID1 with over twice the speed achieved in RAID0 at 13.4MB/s.