The following configuration was used in our tests:
Processor: AMD Thunderbird 1.2GHzThe following benchmarking software was used.
Motherboard: Abit KT7-RAID (Highpoint 370 ATA100 RAID controller, version 1.03 drivers)
Memory: 1x 256MB Micron Cas3 SDRAM
Video: Asus v7100 GF2 MX (Detonator 3 version 6.50 drivers)
Audio: Creative SoundBlaster Live! Value
Networking: D-Link 10/100 Ethernet
Storage: 2x Maxtor 20GB 7200RPM ATA/100 hard drive
OS: Windows 2000 Professional SP1
- SiSoft Sandra 2001.3.7.50
- ZD Winbench 99 1.2
- ZD Winstone 2001 1.1
- Bapco Sysmark 2001
- Quake 3 Arena 1.17
- 3DMark 2000 1.1
- Intel Iometer 1998.10.08
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Sandra is synthetic, but she should give us a good idea of how much bandwidth is available across the different configurations.
Synthetically speaking, RAID 0 easily outdistances the competition and comes out twice as fast as RAID 1 and ATA100. Granted, this is an ideal situation, but it's good to get an idea of what kind of transfer rates are theoretically available before we delve into some real-world benchmarks. It's clear RAID 0 has a lot of potential. Let's run some more tests and see how things pan out.