QuickBench is becoming one of our go-to benchmarks, as it will show performance variability when several tests are conducted. This test will give average results of several runs, as opposed to just peak results of one. With its multiple tests it will show a good average of the performance one could expect with normal usage.
The results of these tests can be expanded merely by clicking the benchmark result.
Software Raid Hardware RAID
Software RAID Hardware RAID
PCMARK VANTAGE X64 HDD SUITE
Our final results of our testing with the controller come down to the time tested, and our favorite, PCMark Vantage. In PCMark Vantage the data simply cannot be manipulated, and a result is provided based on the transfer speeds observed in eight simulated user activities. PCMark Vantage remains the gold standard of real life usage testing. This is also a widely accepted opinion held by many reviewers and storage enthusiasts.
This benchmark uses both mixed read/write tests and is a good test for overall performance.
There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:
- Windows Defender In Use
- Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
- Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
- Starting the Vista Operating System
- Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time consuming
- Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as XBox
- Cataloging a music library
- Starting applications
With this battery of tests, the Hardware RAID solution scores 49097 overall, while the Software RAID solution scores 44087. The major difference highlighted in this chart is in the Windows Media Center testing. This test is a roughly 50/50 distribution of read/write file access with large video files.
A key takeaway is that for normal usage, there will be little difference between the two competing options.