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Areca ARC-1680X PCIe Eight-Channel External SATA/SAS RAID Controller - Benchmarks - Passmark

By: Chris Ramseyer | Enclosures/Externals in Storage | Posted: Dec 8, 2009 1:43 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Areca Technology

Passmark Advanced Multi-User Tests


Version and / or Patch Used: 6.1
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Many users complain that I/O Meter is too complicated of a benchmark to replicate results so my quest to find an alternative was started. Passmark has added several multi-user tests that measure a hard drives ability to operate in a multi-user environment.



The tests use different settings to mimic basic multi-user operations as they would play out on your server. Variances is read / write percentage as well as random / sequential reads are common in certain applications, Web Servers read nearly 100% of the time while Database Servers write a small amount of data.


The Workstation test is the only single user environment and will be similar to how you use your system at home.




Passmark shows us how your choice in controller can affect your real world performance. Here we see that certain configurations are better suited for different needs. The Areca ARC-1680X was able to outperform the LSI controller in many tests by a 2 to 1 margin.


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