Cheap RAID Ravages WD Raptor

Test Setup

Setup For Low Level Benchmarks

System Hardware
Processors 2x Intel Xeon Processor (Nocona core)
3.6 GHz, FSB800, 1 MB L2 Cache
Platform Asus NCL-DS (Socket 604)
Intel E7520 chipset, BIOS 1005
RAM Corsair CM72DD512AR-400 (DDR2-400 ECC, reg.)
2x 512 MB, CL3-3-3-10 timings
System Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar WD1200JB
120 GB, 7,200 RPM, 8 MB cache, UltraATA/100
Mass Storage Controller(s) Intel 82801EB UltraATA/100 Controller (ICH5)
Silicon Image Sil3124, PCI-X
Network Controller Broadcom BCM5721 On-Board Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Graphics Card On-Board graphics
ATI RageXL, 8 MB
Benchmarks
Performance Measurements c’t h2benchw 3.6
I/O Performance IOMeter 2003.05.10
Fileserver Benchmark
Webserver Benchmark
Database Benchmark
Workstation Benchmark
Software and Drivers
Operating System Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, Service Pack 1
Platform Drivers Intel Chipset Installation Utility 7.0.0.1025
Graphics Driver Default Windows Graphics Driver
Setup For SYSmark2004 SE

System Hardware
Processor Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 (Conroe 65 nm, 2.93 GHz, 4 MB L2 Cache)
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 2.0
Chipset : Intel 965P, BIOS : F9
Common Hardware
RAM 2x 1024 MB DDR2-1111 (CL 4.0-4-4-12)
Corsair CM2X1024-8888C4D XMS6403v1.1
Graphics Card HIS X1900XTX IceQ3
GPU : ATI Radeon X1900XTX (650 MHz)
RAM : 512 MB GDDR3 (1550 MHz)
Hard Drive I 150 GB, 10,000 RPM, 8 MB Cache, SATA/150
Western Digital WD1500ADFD
Hard Drive II 400 GB, 7,200 RPM, 16 MB Cache, SATA/300
Western Digital WD4000KD
DVD-ROM Gigabyte GO-D1600C (16x)
Software
ATI Drivers Catalyst Suite 7.1
Intel Chipset Drivers Software Installation Utility 8.1.1.1010
Intel RAID Drivers Matrix Storage Manager 6.2.1.1002
DirectX Version : 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Operating System Windows XP, Build 2600 SP2
Benchmarks and Settings
SYSmark Version 2004 Second Edition
Official Run
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  • Great review. This is a very important issue for some people. For me, I don't like getting the most expensive new edge tech when I can get less expensive options. RAID is a very simple technology, but it happens to work better because like all things, more heads do better than one in a thinking contest.

    I would have been really impressed if you guys took 4 drives at 7200rpm and low sizes, like 80gig drives, and did a RAID 0 with 4 drives and compared that speed with them. The access time would have been the same, but for the cost, the read and write would have been retarded high and made it look silly.

    Then again, your electricity bill may be the difference in the cost, lol.
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