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Testbed and Methods

Testbed configuration:

  • Intel SC5200 system case
  • Intel SE7520BD2 mainboard
  • Two Intel Xeon 2.8GHz CPUs (800MHz FSB)
  • 2 x 512MB PC3200 ECC Registered DDR SDRAM
  • IBM DTLA 307015 hard disk drive
  • Onboard ATI Rage XL graphics controller
  • Windows 2000 Pro with Service Pack 4

The following benchmarks were used:

  • FC-Test 1.0 build 13
  • IOMeter 2003.02.15

We used File Server and Web Server patterns with IOMeter:

With these patterns we can emulate the disk subsystem load typical of file and web servers.

The Workstation pattern was created by our author Sergey Romanov aka GReY basing on the disk access statistics published in the SR Testbed3 description. The statistics were collected for NTFS5 in Office, Hi-End and Boot-up modes.

A drive’s performance in this pattern is indicative of how appealing it is for an ordinary Windows user.

And finally we checked the drives out at processing sequential variable-size read and write requests in the Database pattern that emulates the disk subsystem load under SQL-like requests.

The controller was tested with the version 1.02 drivers and was installed into a PCI Express x8 slot. The WD740GD (Raptor) drives were installed into the standard rails of the SC5200 system case.

 
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