This is the Test Bench. As you may have guessed, it truly is no ordinary Test Bench. I have dedicated many countless creating this build which has been used in many benchmarking excursions and extreme overclocking sessions. She has even set a few HWBot world records along the way. The last world record set with the Test Bench was the PCMark Vantage 4-core CPU category. We did utilize the ARC-1880IX-12 for that record, and soon hope to make another run at the crown with the 1882IX!
The primary goal of this report is to highlight the performance of the 1882x. As luck would have it, we happen to have two of them in the Lab so things have to be rearranged a bit as we would normally have two water cooled EVGA GTX480s populating PCI-E slots 1 and 2.
The 480s certainly clog things up a bit on the Bench, so we removed them, and utilized a trusty 9800 GTX in slot 4 to provide video (next to the watercooled 1880IX-12). The two 1882s in the first two slots definitely changes the look a bit, but delivers big on performance!
CPU: Intel i7-920 DO @ 4.46 Ghz
MOTHERBOARD: EVGA E760 Classified Motherboard
RAM: 6 GB EK-Watercooled Corsair Dominators 2000MHz CL8 kit. 7-8-7-24@1700
GPU: Dual EVGA GTX480
POWER: ST1500 Fully Modular 1500 Watt Power Supply 1500W (Peak 1600W) 12v1320W/110A (Peak 120A) combined+3.3 5v 280W
CHASSIS: Danger Den Torture Rack
CPU COOLER: HeatKiller 3.0
WATER SYSTEM: Two KMP-400 w/reservoirs in a Parallel loop with Bitspower reservoir, two MCR320-QP rads, and 1 BIPS 240 rad. Areca 1880IX-12 watercooled, EK Ram Block, EK Fullboard Mobo Block on Loop 1. Loop 2- CPU only. Loop 3- MCP-655 and Honda Radiator on dual GPUs.
ENCLOSURE: ARC-4036 6gb/s JBOD, provided by Areca for our test bench. Our review of this product can be found HERE.
We are going to use a number of testing programs to highlight the differences in performance between the 1880, the first generation 6GB/s SAS/SATA controller, and the 1882x, the second generation controller.
Anvils Storage Utilities, ATTO, Crystal Disk Mark, AS SSD, and QuickBench are staples of our Test Bench for synthetic testing.
For real world trace testing we will utilize PCMark Vantage and for enterprise testing we will utilize Performance Test (PassMark) 64 bit.
We will also utilize the Windows Experience Index for testing of operating system performance for workstation simulation purposes.
In this review we will also be comparing performance between RAID 0 and RAID 5. In regards to RAID 5, we will also explore the performance of degraded arrays, and rebuild times for arrays with both controllers.