Motherboard: ASUS P6T7 WS SuperCoputer (Supplied by ASUS)
Processors: Intel 975 EE (Supplied by AVADirect)
Memory: Corsair Dominator 1600 MHz Triple Channel Kit
Graphics Card: Leadtek Quadro FX1700 (Supplied by Leadtek)
Enclosure: Lian Li V2000
Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 (Supplied by Noctua)
SAS Controller: LSI MegaRAID SAS 9280-8E (Supplied by LSI)
SAS Controller: Areca ARC-1680X (Supplied by Areca Technology)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate X64
You can read more about TweakTown's Storage Product Testing Workstation and the procedures followed to test products in this article.
For testing we chose to run the Proware miniEPICa Series EP-m501-AA in RAID 0 and 5 with four Seagate Constellation 500GB SATA II drives.
The Constellation Series is available in both SAS and SATA II and for this evaluation we needed the SATA II version and the drives were graciously provided to us by Seagate.
We have found that the eSATA port on the ASUS P6T7 WS SuperComputer runs slower than the standard SATA II ports, so we used a bracket for testing the enclosure with the Intel Southbridge ports.
For the sake of comparison, we are putting the Proware EP-m501-AA up against a few of the other DAS enclosures that we tested late in the year. The Axus FiT Series and the Promise DS4600 were tested previously here at TweakTown with Seagate 7200.11 1TB drives, so the numbers are not 100% apples to apples, but it will be possible to obtain a good understanding of how the unit performs against other DAS products on the market.