Testing Setup

Testing was performed on an EPoX EP-9NPA+ SLI nForce 4 motherboard. This particular motherboard supports SATA-II, RAID modes 0, 1, and 5 on the NVIDIA MCP, and RAID 0 and 1 on the Silicon Image SiL 3132 controller. The wide support for RAID modes, controllers, and SATA-II makes the EP-9NPA+ SLI ideal as a testing platform for the Revo64 for modern consumer.

For hard drives, we use three Western Digital 200GB / 8MB Cache SATA-II HDD (WD200JS) drives, and a Western Digital 120GB / 8MB Cache SATA drive (WD200JB).

Software trials were run 5 times for each drive configuration and the average taken and reported.

  • Motherboard – EPoX EP-9NPA+ SLI
  • CPU – AMD FX-53
  • Memory – 2×512 Corsair DDR PC3500
  • Hard drives
    • 3x Western Digital 200GB 8MB Cache (WD200JS) SATA-II
    • 1x Western Digital 120GB 8MB Cache (WD200JB) SATA-I
  • Drive Controllers
    • NVIDIA nForce 4 MCP
    • Silicon Image SiL 3132 (integrated on the EP-9NPA+ SLI)
    • XFX Revo64 RAID controller
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