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Hello, i have a quick question for you guys.
I am running a file server, with some 2TB drives in it, you know, the usual. Now, in my own PC, i have a 2TB drive with all my games installed onto it (like, everything). i want to put this into my server and run it off the network. eg, i want to play a game, go to network, go to the program file, then start the .exe.

Will that affect loading times?
is gigabit really 1000megabit (100megabtye), or is it fast enough to keep up with my 80MB a sec ish read speeds? i understand that the router in question is a factor, but do routers that have 1gigabit normally pull decent speeds?

Thanks and a rep to anyone with constructive answers !

merry Christmas too
post #2 of 18
yes and no. it may be possible but the problem is the latency of getting the info compared to having it on the internal hdd. my threw put when transferring files varies between 30-70mbps. if it is a bunch of little files it gets closer to 30 and one big file gets to 70ish. so i would say it may be able to but i wouldn't do it.
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A megabit is not a megabyte. There is a big difference.
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Ok thankyou.
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yea i know, 1gigabit is 125megabtye, i am asking about real world speeds.
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1 Gigabit = 125 MB/sec theoretical maximum.
Usually can get ~110-115 MB/sec or so real world performance, at least from my 4x 750GB RAID 5 server to the SSD.

LAN transfer speed will be limited by your hard drives
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I run a raid0 for my media encoding and it transfers across a gigabit network to an other raid0 arrange in my media server and it averages 110-125 mb/s
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Thankyou guys, this is just what i want to hear.
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Do need the drives to be that fast for it to work at those speeds.
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i am asking about latency between PCs. is it acceptable to stream random read writes (gaming), from a network drive (80megabtye a sec read speed, it's a black WD)
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