Areca 1880ix-12 PCIe 6G SAS RAID Controller Review SSD IN RAID 0 – IOMeter and Everest

Iometer 2008.08.18 (Read Transfer)

For the enthusiast crowd and enterprise, I have included IOMeter which allows for configurable cache sizes.  We have set the test file to 8gb, so you are seeing the results basically without cache leverage. The first is sequential bandwidth (1898 mb/s) tested with a 64mb file and 128 queue depth.

The second is the 4k random speed with a queue depth of 1.



As a matter of course, we will run the Everst Latency measurement to test the latency of the device. As well,  a great characteristic of hardware RAID cards is that they don’t drain the much needed CPU resources of your computer. It just doesn’t get better than zero usage!  In contrast a motherboard RAID would cost you CPU power, but the RAID card does all the calculations itself.

The Areca gets extremely good latency, due in part to being on the PCI-e bus.   In general RAID cards will receive better latency than drives on onboard motherboard raid, and this holds true here:

Pg 1 – Introduction

Pg2 – Test Bench & Protocol

Pg3 – Preliminaries, ATTO & Crystal DiskMark

Pg4 – AS SSD & HD Tach

Pg5 – Windows Index & HDTune Pro

Pg6 – IOMeter & Everest

Pg7 – PCMark Vantage and Conclusions

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