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10 TB for $1,000: Tom’s Hardware's Über RAID Array

Test Setup, Access Time, Throughput

System Hardware
HardwareDetails
CPUIntel Core i7-920 (45 nm, 2.66 GHz, 8MB L2 Cache)
Motherboard (Socket 1366)Supermicro X8SAX Revision: 1.0 Chipset Intel X58 + ICH10R BIOS: 1.0B
RAM2 GB DDR3-1333 Corsair CM3X1024-1333C9DHX
System HDDSeagate NL35 400 GB ST3400832NS 7,200 RPM, SATA/150, 8 MB
Power SupplyOCZ EliteXstream 800W OCZ800EXS-EU
Benchmarks
Performance Measurementsh2benchw 3.12PCMark Vantage 1.0
I/O PerformanceIOMeter 2006.07.27Fileserver-BenchmarkWebserver-BenchmarkWorkstation-BenchmarkDatabase-BenchmarkStreaming ReadsStreaming Wirtes
System Software and Drivers
DriversDetails
Operating SystemWindows Vista Ultimate SP1
Intel Chipset9.1.0.1007
AMD GraphicsRadeon 8.12
Intel Storage DriversMatrix Storage Drivers 8.7.0.1007

Access Time

Both RAID arrays shorten the average access time by a significant amount. While an individual Samsung Spinpoint F1 1 TB drive averages a 13.8 ms access time, the RAID 0 and RAID 5 arrays drop access times to 10.1 and 10.4 ms.