Test Methodology and System Setup
Test Methodology

Since we are sampling the 4-port version of this board, the only way to come anywhere close to the theoretical bandwidth limits of an IOP348 is to use 4 of the same drive.  Fast ones.  Unfortunately we do not have 4 X25-E series drives, so we will have to make due with M series units and cope with their 80 MB/sec write speed limitation.

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SSD Goodness!  Sleds are part of a hot swap enclosure to be covered in a future review.

As we had no other 4-drive RAID figures available, we needed something for this new HPT board to compete against.  The closest spare board we had on tap was an Areca 1231ML, spotted to us by the folks at Solidata.  While this board has a previous generation IOP processor, Areca has been in the RAID business for considerably longer, and has had many years to refine their firmware and drivers.  Bear in mind Areca is considered among the best in the field, and a contender from the older line may very well still give the RocketRaid a run for its money.

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Behold the IOP341 driven Areca ARC-1231ML.

Testing will be conducted in RAID 0, 10, 5, and 6 modes.  A stripe size of 64K was selected as it is one of the few sizes available as an option for all modes of both cards tested.

Test System Setup

I swapped in a different SSD for OS duties, as my personal X25-M was needed for array bashing duties.

Hard Drive Test System Setup
CPU Intel Core i7 920
Motherboard Asus P6T
Memory Corsair Dominator 6GB DDR3-1600
Hard Drive (OS): OCZ Summit (Samsung PB22-J based)
(Array): Intel X25-M 80GB (x4)
Sound Card Asus Xonar D1
Video Card EVGA Geforce GTX 260 Core 216
Video Drivers Geforce 181.22
Power Supply Corsair 620HX
DirectX Version DX9.0c
Operating System Windows XP X64 SP2

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