Testing – PCMark 04
In PCMark 04’s measurement of application loading, the data suggests the Revo64 is poor at loading applications.
XFX is keen on emphasizing the benefits of RAID 3, so tests like Windows XP boot-up and application loading (where smaller, scattered files are accessed all over a disk) will not give the NetCell SPU the right opportunity to shine.
Here we see the XFX Revo64 explode from the gate! Despite being on the PCI bus, the Revo64 in RAID 3 clobbers NVIDIA’s RAID 5 with scores that doubles the rate measured on NVIDIA’s controller. The Revo64 in RAID 3 also matches its own speed in RAID 0. Granted it isn’t as fast as RAID 0 seen on the other controllers, RAID 3 has the benefit of data security.
It should be interesting to see this pattern hold up in ATTO which performs sustained sequential reads from the disk.
In general HDD usage, PCMark 04 shows the Revo64 in RAID 3 beating NVIDIA’s RAID 5 once again. As with the other tests, the Revo64 falls short in matching speeds in RAID 1 and RAID 0 modes.
Looking back the other PCMark scores and the overall score above, you can see that the general pattern is that the Revo64 performs better than NVIDIA’s RAID5, but slower than all other configurations including single SATA and SATA-2 disk setups. File copying in RAID 3 exemplifies the benefits of the Revo64.