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In FAT32 everything appeared much simpler than in NTFS: RAID 1 array is always faster than a single HDD, and RAID 01 array is always slower than RAID 0 of two drives.

Conclusion

Promise FastTRAK TX4000 controller made a very good impression.

First, even with the first version of the BIOS and drivers it showed very high performance. As for weak spots, it is pretty difficult to find any right away.

Second, the first version of the controller BIOS and drivers seemed to be free of bugs, so that we didn’t face any problems with the testing session (except for a funny incident with the PAM, described in the beginning).

Our today’s hero has a indisputable advantage over the FastTRAK100 TX4: it features simpler design and as a result costs less. Hopefully, TX4000 won’t have too many compatibility issues. However, the fact that PDC20619 chip is currently integrated by many mainboard manufacturers including Intel, means quite a lot to us…

P.S.: Our next story will be about HighPoint RocketRAID 404 controller, which now knows to support RAID 5.

 
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