Experiences With Hardware RAID-0
By Roman Strobl on III 28, 2006
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.