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Serial ATA RAID Controllers - Promise, Silicon Image, Highpoint and nVidia

By: Shawn Baker | RAID/HBA in Storage | Posted: May 7, 2004 4:00 am

Test System Setup


Processor(s): AMD Athlon 64 3400+


Video card(s): nVidia nForce 3 250GB Reference (Supplied by nVidia)


Video card(s): GeForce FX 5950 (Supplied by nVidia)


Memory: 1 x 512MB Kingmax PC4000 (Supplied by Kingmax)


Hard Disk(s): 2 x Western Digital 73GB Raptor Rev 2.0 SATA 10,000RPM in RAID 0 (Supplied by Western Digital)


Operating System Used: Windows XP Professional SP1


Drivers Used: nVidia Reference 409 (NF250GB)



Our recent trip up to Sydney for Intel's Solution Summit saw us returning back home with two brand new Revision 2.0 Western Digital Serial ATA Raptor drives and Western Digital's new RAID controller.


With the excellent success we had with the NF3250 motherboard we thought it was time for a controller shootout and here we are. We have included the latest beta version of HD Tach as well as X-Bit Labs File Copy Test.


One of the most interesting features of this article will be the native controller offered by nVidia and if it really can do what we think it can.


SiSoft Sandra 2004


SiSoft Sandra (System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) 2004 is a synthetic Windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems.



Here we see the native Serial ATA offered by nVidia really leap forward from the rest of the pack. You can see what kind of performance you get when compared to a single drive as well.


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