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8 Vertex II 120GB - LSI 9265-8i vs LSI 9260-8i : Fight

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The new 9265-8i shows significant improvements across the entire range. Using 8 Vertex 2 120GB drives in Raid 0 w/256K Stripe.

Really impressive upgrade especially in the smaller file read/writes.

Check out the 256mb ATTO tests on the right side of each screen!

These tests are WITHOUT the FastPATH key installed, Ill re-run again tomorrow with the key installed for IOPS tests.

**NEW 9265-8i***


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Original 9260-8i:
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There must not be many storage overclockers up in here LOL
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There must not be many storage overclockers up in here LOL

I think we are all wondering "why?"
 
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Originally Posted by ShtSh00ttr;12945922 
There must not be many storage overclockers up in here LOL

Yeah, you might want to place everything in context.

i.e. Differences between the two cards and what is FastPath?



Another comparision: http://www.storagereview.com/lsi_megaraid_9265_review_our_first_look

FastPath: http://www.lsi.com/channel/products/advanced_software/fastpath/index.html

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Originally Posted by Shrimpykins;12946070 
I think we are all wondering "why?"
Why what? High performance storage is nice.... while not as important for desktop users, it is critical for servers. A lot of server work is disk I/O bound.
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WHY????

lol the worst bottleneck in a pc is its storage. opening that bottleneck speeds everything up.
a person may not notice a boost in fps however everything will load remarkably faster.
say you are compressing 1GB of files. this will go alot faster when you have 1GB/sec of reads than if you have 250MB/sec of reads.

I have found faster hdd's and faster arrays to be my favorite of upgrades.
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I agree with Schmag... I just got the 9261 card... and am sending it back for the dual processor 9265 card...
I have 4 new vertex 3 drives on there... but it didn't preform as I had hoped.

I have run 3 Supertalent 64gb 230mb/s write for the last year... and even when they have slowed down because of firmware they are still so much faster than any hhd... or even single ssd in my opinion.

I see people getting about a gb/s transfer with a p67 chipset and two vetex 3 drives... so I thought with a 500.00 card I would get 2gb/s but only saw 1gb/s

I have a few question for the OP.

I have to ship my card back and order the new one... but before I do that.... if all I want to do is Run raid 0 (as fast as it will go) do I need a true scsi card... or could i use a rocket raid card for about 200.00 and use a little cpu for the same read and write speeds?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816115079&Tpk=RocketRAID%202720

Is this rocket raid card scsi or not? I can't believe the card says it will do 4gb/s throughput... I am tempted to give it a shot... What are your thoughts... please let me know... (I don't plan on buying anymore vertex 3 drives... but you never know....)

Last question... Will the Vertex 3 drives slow down eventually? Or is there a way for them to keep there full speed?
post #7 of 13
Did you ever buy Fast Path... and does it make a difference at all?
Anymore benchmarks?

Also very very curious what a Sandra benchmark would score... you should download the lite version run the test for a good picture smile.gif (I can see some real performance that way smile.gif compared to what I have and what I have tested...)
My current system gets between 300 and 500mb/s read and write depending on if my super talents are clean... and the fastest i got with 4 vertex 3 drives was 1gb/s...

I called OCZ today to see if they would recomend a controller card that worked the best with their new drives and they are going to get back to me. They did say that there seemed to be a bug with the LSI cards and the new Vertex 3 drives.

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by authentic;13310425 
Did you ever buy Fast Path... and does it make a difference at all?
Anymore benchmarks?

Also very very curious what a Sandra benchmark would score... you should download the lite version run the test for a good picture smile.gif (I can see some real performance that way smile.gif compared to what I have and what I have tested...)
My current system gets between 300 and 500mb/s read and write depending on if my super talents are clean... and the fastest i got with 4 vertex 3 drives was 1gb/s...

I called OCZ today to see if they would recomend a controller card that worked the best with their new drives and they are going to get back to me. They did say that there seemed to be a bug with the LSI cards and the new Vertex 3 drives.

Thanks!

Yes I did but ill need to find the benchmarks. The short answer is that it helps 4K performance at the cost of sequential a bit.

I have some info about the "bug" they mentioned but I'll save my response for a few more days till I hear back from them.
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Is there not that huge of a benefit in 4k reads?
    
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Is there not that huge of a benefit in 4k reads?

Depends on the workload. I move a lot of very large files for editing (multi-gig) so for me the sequential write is pretty important. For and O.S. specific workload, then yes a 4K optimized drive(s) will help.

But it's important to keep things in perspective. Once you cross a certain threshold in performance the only way you can actually see the increases is in synthetic benchmarks. In real world performance ........ unless you are an android ...... the difference will be hard to spot !
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