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MAXISHINE TEST: Western Digital VelociRaptor

It's that time again where Maxishine brings some new hardware to the test table, this time the 300GB WD VelociRaptor. Now most mere mortals would be lucky to have just one of these drives considering the hefty price tag of $300 a pop, but this is Maxishine and he just had to get 2 of these bad boys for some RAID-0 goodness. I have decided to include 2 of my own drives for comparison as a more affordable option.

What does $600 of hard disks look like you wonder? Well see for yourself. Notice how small the drive actually is, looks the business doesn't it



Here is a quick shot of 2x VelociRaptors and 4x WD 150GB Raptors



Lets cut to the chase and see how these monsters perform shall we...?

Testing Performed:

All runs performed using onboard SATA and RAID Controller on the XFX 790i Ultra motherboard with latest 9.64 WHQL Nforce Chipset drivers under Vista 64Bit.

1x WD 300GB VelociRaptor
2x WD 300GB VelociRaptor's in RAID-0 (128k Stripe)
2x Seagate Barracuda 250GB 7200.10 in RAID-0 (128k Stripe) <------- Conventional Drives
2x WD 300GB VelociRaptor's in RAID-0 (64k Stripe)
2x WD 300GB VelociRaptor's in RAID-0 (64K Stripe) NCQ & Indexing OFF
2x WD 300GB VelociRaptor's in RAID-0 (32k Stripe)

1x 300GB WD VelociRaptor

Looking good here 108.4MB/Sec from a Single drive is crazy fast!



2x WD 300GB VelociRaptors in RAID-0 (128k Stripe Size)

Hmm, bit haywire here...



2x Seagate Barracuda 250GB 7200.10 in RAID-0 (128k Stripe)

Here's 2 of my own Barracuda's in RAID, these drives are stonkingly good for the money as you can see below. Only let down by the poor access time which is double that of a VelociRaptor.



2x WD 300GB VelociRaptors in RAID-0 (64k Stripe Size)



2x WD 300GB VelociRaptor's in RAID-0 (64K Stripe) NCQ & Indexing OFF



2x WD 300GB VelociRaptors in RAID-0 (32k Stripe Size)



It seems there are some issues with RAID at present with these drives, as regardless of the Stripe Size performance is a all over the place as you can see from the graphs. Whether this is due to RAID drivers or drive firmware we are not sure yet. I will update accordingly if any improvements are found. Stay Tuned...


Other Maxi News

He recently got a new computer chair after many complaints about the squeeking noises his old chair produced by countless You Tube subscribers lol. Attached are pics of his old chair followed by his present one. Notice the ewwwy stain on the old chair, Maxi assures me it was milk, i'm not so sure....
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sry for off topic but whered the chair (new) come from?
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Its from Autotecnica in Melbourne, if thats what your asking?
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Like 70$ per drive. Worse random access, but still.. transfers and load times are amazing.
    
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Originally Posted by Xecuter2 View Post

Like 70$ per drive. Worse random access, but still.. transfers and load times are amazing.
Wait...Huh? What? I AM SO CONFUSED!?!?! 2747MB/s?!?!?!?!
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That's a glitch btw that enormous burst rate..
 
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The burst is a glitch with write caching, but the sustained is correct Still though, veloci's look like good drives, but I am not sure about the cost.
    
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... Finally making my 15K scsi's a little tight in the collar
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Sorry for the off-topic but since you mentioned the chair......
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what harddrive are you running Xecuter2 ?
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