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LSI MegaRAID SAS 9265-8i RAID Controller Review - Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage Hard Disk Tests


By: | RAID/HBA in Storage | Posted: Feb 16, 2012 6:32 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: LSI

PCMark Vantage - Hard Disk Tests

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0.0

Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com

Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/pcmark-vantage/

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PCMark Vantage is the first objective hardware performance benchmark for PCs running 32 and 64 bit versions of Microsoft Windows Vista. PCMark Vantage is perfectly suited for benchmarking any type of Microsoft Windows Vista PC from multimedia home entertainment systems and laptops to dedicated workstations and high-end gaming rigs. Regardless of whether the benchmarker is an artist or an IT Professional, PCMark Vantage shows the user where their system soars or falls flat, and how to get the most performance possible out of their hardware. PCMark Vantage is easy enough for even the most casual enthusiast to use yet supports in-depth, professional industry grade testing.

 

FutureMark has developed a good set of hard disk tests for their PCMark Vantage Suite. Windows users can count on Vantage to show them how a drive will perform in normal day to day usage scenarios. For most users these are the tests that matter since many of the old hat ways to measure performance have become ineffective to measure true Windows performance.

 

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HDD1 - Windows Defender

HDD2 - Gaming

HDD3 - Windows Photo Gallery

HDD4 - Vista Startup

HDD5 - Windows Movie Maker

HDD6 - Windows Media Center

HDD7 - Windows Media Player

HDD8 - Application Loading

 

The LSI MegaRAID 9265-8i isn't designed for general desktop use, but several of us use them just for that purpose. In the beginning of this article I mentioned that RAID 5 and RAID 6 don't have a performance penalty with SSDs like they did spinners from years past. You can see that effect in this test when comparing all of the 64kb results with and without Fast Path. Fast Path does increase performance by a good margin in these tests. Also, 64kb appears to be the sweet spot for the stripe sizes, the larger blocks trail behind in many of the daily use tests where a mixed load is normal.

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