Passmark Advanced Multi-User Tests
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.
RAID was made for the enterprise market and these tests show us exactly why that is so. Here we see the three server tests showing quite a bit of improvement with the new firmware that allows us to take full advantage of the SATA 6G Seagate Barracuda XT. The workstation test shows identical results between the firmware, but those results are also much higher than those of a single drive.
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