Fast and Inexpensive - Promise's FastTrak66 IDE RAID-Controller

The Benchmark Results - BAPCo Sysmark2000

Most office applications simply don't need the huge amounts of transfer speed offered by FastTrack66, but there's at least a tiny improve in scores from one to the next faster array. Excel turned out to be the one program that benefits from the stripe sets most. The increase in Excel scores it not quite as little as tiny as in case of the Sysmark overall score.

The Benchmark Summary

Summarizing the results forces me to point out two things.

  • FastTrak66 is not quite able to handle the amount of transfer rate supplied by a stripe of three of four fast hard drives.
  • Normal software doesn't benefit much from FastTrak's superior data transfer power.