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IDE-RAID With Notebook Drives: Quick And Quiet

Test Setup

Hardware
CPUIntel Pentium 4, 2000 MHz
Memory256 MB DDR-SDRAM, PC2100, 133 MHz, CL2.0, Infineon
MotherboardABit BD7-RAID (i845D, HighPoint HPT372 RAID)Intel 82801BA w/ UltraATA/100 BusMaster IDE Controller
Graphics CardGeForce 3, 64 MB DDR-SDRAM
Drivers & Software
IDE/AGP DriverIntel Application Accelerator 1.12,Intel BusMaster IDE Driver 6.20HighPoint Driver Version 2.3 (25.12.2001)
Graphics DrivernVIDIA Detonator 4 Series, Version 23.11
DirectX Version8.1
Operating SystemWindows 2000 SP2 + SRP1
Benchmarks
Data TransferHD Tach 2.61 from TCD Labs
Application PerformanceZiff Davis WinBench 99 Version 2.0Business and HighEnd Disk WinBench 99
Access TimeZD WinBench 99 2.0 - Disk Inspection Test
CPU LoadZD 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.