Processors: AMD Opteron 2356 (2.3GHz Quad-Core) x2
Motherboard: Tyan S2915-E (Supplied by Tyan)
Memory: Kingston KVR667D2S4P5/2G x4 (Supplied by Kingston)
Graphics Card: XFX 8800 GTX (Supplied by XFX USA)
Enclosure: Lian Li V2000
Cooling: Noctua NH-U12DO (Supplied by Noctua)
SATA Controller: Areca ARC-1231ML (Supplied by Areca)
SAS Controller: Areca ARC-1680i (Supplied by Areca)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate X64
The Areca 1231ML SATA RAID controller will be handling the arrays for the Intel / Kingston X25-M, RunCore Pro IV and Corsair RAID 0 arrays. Areca makes some of the fastest controllers on the market and the included 256MB cache module really helps increase RAID 5 and 6 write speeds.
The RunCore Pro IV drives that we used for this test use the Indilinx Barefoot controller. The Barefoot has many design wins and it seems like just about every company sells a product that uses this controller.
The Intel / Kingston combination both use identical Intel controllers and firmware. The X25-M Series has proven to be a well rounded drive that achieves great performance in nearly all tasks.
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