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Dazz
03-24-04, 06:13 PM
Ordered a SATA RAID w/ PATA convertors and an other WD SE80GB frive got them today but the SATA RAID card came w/o PATA convertors so looks like i will have to RMA it :( Anyways i decided to benh my drives

1# WD SE80GB w/ 3 month old winXP install & FAT32 w/ 5GB free space
2# WD SE80GB just formated w/o anything.

Wow 50% diffrence in peformance there :o

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=5039

Dazz
03-30-04, 03:40 PM
Got my convertors today and having been playing about a bit.

RAID-0 block size 64k WD 2x80GB = 43MB/sec took 10mins
RAID-0 block size 2M WD 2x80GB = 37MB/sec took 5mins

It's strange but my test was lower on the 2MB block size then 64KB... yet everything including boot times is a HELL of alot faster.

MUYA
03-30-04, 03:45 PM
I wish I could RAID :D but i dun have matching HDDs :(

RAID 0, i would love that.

everything faster than usual I suspect HDD activity wise? :D

Dazz
03-30-04, 04:05 PM
Well it's up to 40MB then 43MB after getting some newer drivers. I can tell you RAID is awesome it takes no time at all to boot into Windows XP :) I picked up the extra WD SE 80GB for only £55 and the RAID card i got is 32bit 66MHz which would be handy if my next board didn't have an locked PCI bus :) The one thing thats annoys me is the drive letter

A: floppy
c: 10GB IBM drive
D: DVD
E: DVD RW
F: RAID drive.

I would of liked the RAID drive as C:

MUYA
03-30-04, 04:18 PM
Well it's up to 40MB then 43MB after getting some newer drivers. I can tell you RAID is awesome it takes no time at all to boot into Windows XP :) I picked up the extra WD SE 80GB for only £55 and the RAID card i got is 32bit 66MHz which would be handy if my next board didn't have an locked PCI bus :) The one thing thats annoys me is the drive letter

A: floppy
c: 10GB IBM drive
D: DVD
E: DVD RW
F: RAID drive.

I would of liked the RAID drive as C:
yeah Windows and its funny lettering schemes :D you re letter the C drive to Z and then reletter then Raid Drive to C? or is that not possible in Windows?

Dazz
03-31-04, 12:32 PM
I know it was possible for Windows 9x but i havn't found anything in XP that will allow me to do that.

MUYA
03-31-04, 01:43 PM
really? I have dun it in the past but not directly to c:\

I like my optical drives and virtual drives to be the last letters etc.

Dazz
03-31-04, 02:46 PM
Yeah so do i but i can't seem to find anything inorder to do that :confused:

Dazz
04-04-04, 05:56 AM
Wow changing to an Intel system has gave HUGE peformance increase.

Two PATA 80GB WD SE drives outpeforming 2x 120GB SATA drives :cool:

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=5198

MUYA
04-04-04, 06:00 AM
I think Dazz you will find maybe your mobo supports native PATA IDE controller rather than being tied to the PCI bus...and thats maybe where u are getting the IDE performance boost :D I think that was the big deal with ICH5..or am I wrong?

Nice to have native IDE controller and not being bogged by the PCI Bus.

Dazz
04-04-04, 06:21 AM
Nope it's using the add in card it seems my board supports SATA but not RAID SATA :(

MUYA
04-04-04, 06:28 AM
really a Add in card that is on the PCI bus and giving u?.... hmm i wouldn't have expected that but u were using nforce2.... did ya try the new nforce IDE drivers? then again why would u need too. :D

Dazz
04-04-04, 06:34 AM
Yeah i tried their new "Peformance enhancing" drivers.

MUYA
04-04-04, 06:40 AM
performance enhancing? i haven't noticed anything

Dazz
04-04-04, 06:59 AM
Yeah they came out a few days ago and also add better compatablity with CD/DVD roms.

Dazz
04-04-04, 07:18 AM
It seems it wasn't just their IDE drivers that where buggy but also their USB ones too, my Monitor USB hub is working pefrectly now :)

{Sniping}Waste
04-04-04, 02:23 PM
If you want the best HD performance with that SATA raid card then get a mobo with a SIS chip set. Out of all the chipsets out there, the sis has the most bandwidth on the PCI bus.

My 40 gig seagate barracuda 4 2 meg cache is about 15% faster on the SIS746 than Nforce2,VIA, and intel with a 8 meg cache drives.

I have seen some reviews test Scsi 320 raids on a sis, via, and intel chipsets and the sis win all the time about 35% and as much at 50%

Edit

My system is a ECS L7s7a2(SIS746) and 40gig seagate barracuda IV and my Sandra numbers is 39mb/sec on the onboard PATA controler.

Dazz
04-04-04, 03:00 PM
Yeah i've seen SIS has the best hard drive/PCI peformance but their AGP is a little lacking.

{Sniping}Waste
04-04-04, 03:11 PM
If only the AGP controler was good then this chipset would be the best. This mobo I have is a great overclocker too. 1800+ at 2.320gig on air at 1.65V.

Dazz
04-04-04, 06:36 PM
Damn it's a better overclocker then my current Pentium4 lol.