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I have 2 250GB 7200.10 drives in RAID0 (128kb strip) on a ICH8R with Vista x64.

The performance is not so hot. HDTach reports about 85MB/s, however while transferring a 1.6GB file in Windows I got about 41MB/s.

I was expecting around 120MB/s or better. This isn't anywhere close to that.

Graph looks strange doesn't it?









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System Information

Kit Installed: 6.0.0.1022
Kit Install History: 6.0.0.1022
Shell Version: 6.0.0.1022

OS Name: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Ultimate
OS Version: 6.0.6000 Build 6000
System Name: PAUL-PC
System Manufacturer: http://www.abit.com.tw/
System Model: AB9 QuadGT(Intel965+ICH8)
Processor: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU 3060 @ 2.40GHz
BIOS Version/Date: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG, 04/18/2007

Language: ENU



Intel(R) RAID Technology

Intel RAID Controller: Intel(R) ICH8R/DO/DH SATA RAID Controller
Number of Serial ATA ports: 6

RAID Option ROM Version: 6.1.0.1002
Driver Version: 6.0.0.1022
RAID Plug-In Version: 6.0.0.1022
Language Resource Version of the RAID Plug-In: 6.0.0.1022
Create Volume Wizard Version: 6.0.0.1022
Language Resource Version of the Create Volume Wizard: 6.0.0.1022
Create Volume from Existing Hard Drive Wizard Version: 6.0.0.1022
Language Resource Version of the Create Volume from Existing Hard Drive Wizard: 6.0.0.1022
Modify Volume Wizard Version: 6.0.0.1022
Language Resource Version of the Modify Volume Wizard: 6.0.0.1022
Delete Volume Wizard Version: 6.0.0.1022
Language Resource Version of the Delete Volume Wizard: 6.0.0.1022
ISDI Library Version: 6.0.0.1022
Event Monitor User Notification Tool Version: 6.0.0.1022
Language Resource Version of the Event Monitor User Notification Tool: 6.0.0.1022
Event Monitor Version: 6.0.0.1022

Array_0000
Status: No active migration(s)
Hard Drive Write Cache Enabled: Yes
Size: 465.7 GB
Free Space: 0 GB
Number of Hard Drives: 2
Hard Drive Member 1: ST3250620AS
Hard Drive Member 2: ST3250620AS
Number of Volumes: 1
Volume Member 1: Volume0

Volume0
Status: Normal
System Volume: Yes
Volume Write-Back Cache Enabled: No
RAID Level: RAID 0 (striping)
Strip Size: 128 KB
Size: 465.7 GB
Number of Hard Drives: 2
Hard Drive Member 1: ST3250620AS
Hard Drive Member 2: ST3250620AS
Parent Array: Array_0000

Hard Drive 0
Usage: Array member
Status: Normal
Device Port: 0
Device Port Location: Internal
Current Serial ATA Transfer Mode: Generation 2
Model: ST3250620AS
Serial Number: XXXXXXXX
Firmware: 3.AAK
Native Command Queuing Support: Yes
Hard Drive Write Cache Enabled: Yes
Size: 232.8 GB
Number of Volumes: 1
Volume Member 1: Volume0
Parent Array: Array_0000

Hard Drive 1
Usage: Array member
Status: Normal
Device Port: 1
Device Port Location: Internal
Current Serial ATA Transfer Mode: Generation 2
Model: ST3250620AS
Serial Number: XXXXXXXX
Firmware: 3.AAK
Native Command Queuing Support: Yes
Hard Drive Write Cache Enabled: Yes
Size: 232.8 GB
Number of Volumes: 1
Volume Member 1: Volume0
Parent Array: Array_0000

Unused Port 0
Device Port: 2
Device Port Location: Internal

Unused Port 1
Device Port: 3
Device Port Location: Internal

Unused Port 2
Device Port: 4
Device Port Location: Internal

Unused Port 3
Device Port: 5
Device Port Location: Internal
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Must be a driver issue.... so... they up-to-date?
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post #3 of 27
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
Must be a driver issue.... so... they up-to-date?
Well Abit doesn't list any new drivers or any x64 drivers (at all). Would generic P965 and ICH8R drivers off of Intel work?
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post #4 of 27
Try disabling the write cache, that seems to be fixing it for some of those with x64 issues (more specifically Vista)

*EDIT*

Pauldovi, yes they will
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post #5 of 27
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Quote:
Originally Posted by gonX View Post
Try disabling the write cache, that seems to be fixing it for some of those with x64 issues (more specifically Vista)

*EDIT*

Pauldovi, yes they will
Where do I disable write cache? I don't see an option in my BIOS.

I ran SiSoft and the read score was better than HDTach, at 115MB/s.



I guess I will search Intel's website for ICH8R and P965 drivers for x64 Vista. If anyone knows how to disable write cache that would be great.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by gonX View Post
Try disabling the write cache, that seems to be fixing it for some of those with x64 issues (more specifically Vista)

*EDIT*

Pauldovi, yes they will
How do you disable write cache?
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post #7 of 27
Definitely sounds like a driver issue...but the discrepencies between HD tach and SANDRA seem rather large.

Apples and oranges here but: The SATA drivers that were boxed with my vista ultimate didnt support NF4 (500series) "legacy" chipsets so I had to jump through hoops to get get my array to be recognized, and when I finally did...the performance was underwhelming to say the least. Turns out that the NVIDIA RAID drivers included with vista (8.22) were absolute crapola...might as well have been written in fortran. I searched the web, and I was able to find "unofficial" (via NFORCERSHQ) updated drivers (9.92). Installed them and my RAID bandwidth jumped nearly 75MB/s...

Obviously, platform differences aside, drivers have been the main development hurdle in widespread Vista adoption (IMO) and the cause of a lot of performance issues.

Why do you find the graph to be strange..."nodal" performance patterns arent that uncommon are they?

EDIT: I have also noticed that explorer seems to choke up a bit on large file transfer >500MB
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Quote:
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How do you disable write cache?
I have never owned an Intel board, but I have frequently seen people saying "turn on your write cache"

Actually now that I think of it, I think you're supposed to enable it through Intel's matrix storage thingy you have when you install drivers.
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post #9 of 27
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I was able to play with the write cache and everything. With new drivers, Sandra Soft is reporting 118-120 MB/s while HD Tach is down to some 75MB/s.

Not sure which one to believe.
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post #10 of 27
your using WAY outdated drivers...

these are version 7.5.0.1017...your using 6.0.0.1022
http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Filter_Results.aspx?strTypes=all&ProductID=2529&OS FullName=Windows*+XP+Professional〈=eng&strOSs=44&s ubmit=Go%21
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