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I have 2 150GB raptors in RAID 0 that I'm performing some test on to determine if I should run them on a 16k or 64k stripe. As I haven’t found enough information to fully sway me one way or the other I’ve decided to run a series of test on both a 16k and a 64k stripe to determine it. I’d like to know if you guys can think of any other test to run or if you see any problems in my process. So far my tests and process will be as follows:

With only drivers loaded.

1. Boot up time from pressing the power button until windows is loaded.

Defrag and Bootvis will then be run.

2. Boot up time from pressing the power button until windows is loaded.

Zonealarm, media encoder 9, Media Player 10, and PCMARK 05 will then be installed.

Defrag will then be run.

3. PCMark 05 score.

Sandra Lite 2007 SP1 will be installed.

Defrag will be run.

4. Sandra File Systems score.

5. Sandra Physical Disks Score

HD Tach and HD Tune will then be installed.

Defrag will then be run.

6. HD Tach

7. HD Tune

8. Copy of large file from backup drive to raptors.

9. Copy of large file from raptors to raptors.

10. Copy of a large directory of small files from backup drive to raptors.

11. Copy of a large directory of small files from raptors to raptors.

DVD Decrypter and DVD Shrink will then be installed

12. Rip of DVD to raptors with decrypter.

13. DVD shrink conversion with the backup drive holding the source image and the target drive being the raptors.

14. DVD Shrink conversion with the raptors holding the source image and the backup drive being the target.

15. DVD Shrink conversion with raptors as both the source and the target.

16. Prey save game load times

17. Oblivion save game load times.

That’s all I could think of to run if you guys have any other suggestions I’d appreciate it.
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You seem to be providing your own results...you're doing it good from over here...LOL
Run...uhhh...well if you ran all that...it's good to go!!!
Temps while running?
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post #3 of 6
I think what he is saying is those are the tests he plans to run and will be providing results when he is done. The question is if there are any additional tests people would like to see or think would be important.

That looks like a pretty comphrensive test program, however, wouldn't it be a better measure to test a larger stripe, as the difference between 16 and 64 is fairly small, ther emay not be any noticable differences, or are you just interested in the difference between those stripe sizes and not what affect stripe size has on performance in general?
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Are you really gonna run all those?
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Thumper is correct I am planning to run all those tests to determine the best setup. The reason I went for 16k and 64k stripes are these were the ones that show the best performance in my initial test. Although even in HD Tach I am seeing a difference in performance with the array being the main disk (the one running windows and all the benchmarking programs) than with the array as a backup so I'll change this to add a 4k stripe and a 128k to the list. If anyone wants I'll also add 8k and/or 32k, or I might do it anyway if I feel like taking the time.

And yes OCZedd I am going to run all these tests. I'm almost done with the first size.

Can anyone think of anything else?
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sounds liek a pain in the butt to reinstall windows so many times lol
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