IDE-RAID With Notebook Drives: Quick And Quiet

Test Setup

CPU Intel Pentium 4, 2000 MHz
Memory 256 MB DDR-SDRAM, PC2100, 133 MHz, CL2.0, Infineon
Motherboard ABit BD7-RAID (i845D, HighPoint HPT372 RAID)
Intel 82801BA w/ UltraATA/100 BusMaster IDE Controller
Graphics Card GeForce 3, 64 MB DDR-SDRAM
Drivers & Software
IDE/AGP Driver Intel Application Accelerator 1.12,
Intel BusMaster IDE Driver 6.20
HighPoint Driver Version 2.3 (25.12.2001)
Graphics Driver nVIDIA Detonator 4 Series, Version 23.11
DirectX Version 8.1
Operating System Windows 2000 SP2 + SRP1
Data Transfer HD Tach 2.61 from TCD Labs
Application Performance Ziff Davis WinBench 99 Version 2.0
Business and HighEnd Disk WinBench 99
Access Time ZD WinBench 99 2.0 - Disk Inspection Test
CPU Load ZD WinBench 99 2.0 - Disk Inspection Test

To get an idea of the performance level of the 2.5" drive array, we also included an actual desktop drive. IBM's DeskStar 60 GXP (IC35L040AV) stores 20 GB per platter, runs at 7,200 rpm and comes with 2 MB buffer. It is considered an excellent mid-range drive today.

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