Not sure if this is the correct place for this, and I apologize in advance if it isn't.
My friend and I had nearly identical systems.
- Phenom X4 940 (both overclocked to slightly different speeds)
- 8 GB Mushkin RAM
- ASUS mb (790 FX chipset for me at least)
- raptor/veloci-raptor HDD's in raid 0
- only major difference was graphics cards (4870 X2 vs. my 4760)
He recently upgraded to an Intel 930 I believe with a new mb and RAM and noticed not only was the time to install windows greatly reduced, but that his system runs significantly faster in just about every other way, including HDD access times.
Why the big difference in access/install time between our two systems now? Is there an issue with RAID 0 and SB600? I know Mhz vs. Mhz Intel is faster than AMD, but I can't quite figure out how that affects everything else.
Intel's ICH10 southbridge (controls the hard drives and peripherals) is known to be quite a bit better than AMD's SB600s and 700s in regards to hard drive speeds, and clock for clock Intel's i7 beats the Phenom II's, so I would imagine the system would be snappier, but remember that it is also a fresh install, which is ALWAYS tons faster than an install that has lasted for, say, 6 months.