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post #11 of 13
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Hi ozlay. Are you using motherboard SATA connections and Intel RST software?

I appreciate your feedback... Measurements are what I crave here. Out of curiosity, do you have PassMark PerformanceTest? If so, can you do an Advanced Disk benchmark with the Workstation setting, and caching enabled? Alternatively, have you tried ATTO with the Direct I/O box unchecked? What I'm getting at is that I'd like to know if others using RAID are seeing significantly more cached I/O throughput than I am.

Thanks!

-Noel
post #12 of 13
Hi there. Here is some numbers for you my friend:



I bought the RAID card on ebay for $109 from some dude in China. It worked flawlessly, I have considered the idea of upgrading the firmware though. I am considering upgrading to the 9260-16i, or the 9305-16i, but both are over $200 right now. Plus buying that many SSDs in the current market is pretty ridiculous.

In regards to your dilemma, I've seen that sometimes deleting all partitions and hitting next (windows install screen) will sometimes get you a >2.2TB boot partition, assuming you have UEFI BIOS.

In my case, I ended up using a 1.2 TB 750 drive as a OS Disk. And I kept my 8TB SSD array as a separate data drive with GPT. (GPT supports ~14TB partitions, probably more when Windows gets smarter....)
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Intel 750 1.2 TB PCI-E Card Pioneer Black 16X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X B... Hydro Series H105 240mm Corsair CPU Cooler Windows 10 Professional 64 bit 
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post #13 of 13
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Impressive. And congrats on getting a good deal on that card!

Just a few short years ago people would have loved just getting their numbers into 4 digits. That's WAY into 4 digits. smile.gif I presume that controller has a fair bit of RAM cache?

It's good to see an SSD RAID setup delivering performance that rivals the modern M.2 cards.

My BIOS pre-dates UEFI, unfortunately. For some time now I have been running two separate 2TB 4 drive RAID 0 arrays from the one HighPoint controller, which actually turned out to be good in that the system seems to be able to run both arrays up to about 1.5 GB / sec simultaneously. All my virtual machines boot and run from the second array, and you wouldn't know they're even there as the main system remains very responsive.

Knowing what I know now, I'll probably go with one or more M.2 cards for the boot up system in my next workstation buildup.

Thanks.

-Noel


P.S., the last several 480 GB SSDs I got (OCZ Vertex 3, which match brand and model of the the others) were a whole $100 each. Usable life left was 98% on the most used one. Gotta love eBay.
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