Experiences With Hardware RAID-0



I bought two new 300 GB hard drives for my home PC and created my first HW raid. I have a new motherboard Asus A8V Deluxe which contains a Promise 378 HW raid. I am just amazed how creating a stripe HW raid boosts the performance. I am able to copy a large file from another disc to the array in the average speed of 50 MB/s (yes, MegaBytes). A 600 MB RAID should be enough to store all my data, at least for a while :)

The other thing which really boosts performance especially in games is the dual channel memory. I found out that to use dual channel I needed to flash my BIOS to the newest version... and now I can use dual channel memory together with single channel. Well, I hope two of the slots still work as duall channel - hard to say.

Finally, the new Opterons for the 939 socket are really cheap, perform really well and work with cheap DDR memories... you don't need a true server motherboard and memory to use the Opterons. I think it's a very good move from AMD - they bring server CPUs to desktops and 1 MB of L2 cache matters (compared to Athlon's rather poor 512 kB).

Why do I need all that performance? To play The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. So far it seems like the best single player RPG I have ever played... and yes you can ride the horse again :)

P.S. And here's another toy I bought just today.
Comments:

Congratulation to your new car! :D And 300 GB w00t !!! Are you a data center in your house? :D

Posted by Giuliano on březen 28, 2006 at 05:27 odp. CEST #

I don't know how that happens but when I buy any hardrive it gets full in a couple of months :)

Posted by Roumen on březen 29, 2006 at 12:51 dop. CEST #

For God's sake... Now I feel like I live in stone age... :)

Posted by Eduardo Costa on březen 29, 2006 at 06:00 dop. CEST #

Having filled my new 500GB in just over 2 months, I know what you mean Roumen ;-)

BTW, I think you mean a 600GB RAID :-P

Posted by Alex on březen 29, 2006 at 09:24 dop. CEST #

As Bill Gates would say, 600 GB must be enough for everyone. At least for a couple of months, he forgets to add :)

Posted by Roumen on březen 29, 2006 at 09:30 dop. CEST #

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