Ok, I placed the HD's on different channels, and here are the results:
HD's on Channels 1,2,&4
HD's on Channels 1,2,&3
As you can see this is still worse then the intial tests in post #1 of this thread. So placing these HD's on different channels didn't do the trick
I will have to look into upgrading the Cache memory... I don't think it's possible because it's soldered onto the board, and my soldering skills aren't that great
I think the card comes with either 16 or 32megs of ram but is NOT upgradeable... I could be wrong on this and will look into it.
Look's like Raid 1+0 is my only option, since I can't seem to get this Raid 5 to work
Any other idea's suggestions?
***ok I'll get cracking on this, and see what I can comeup with. I am almost 100% possitive my BIOS and Windows settings are correct, but I am going to reconnect one of the drives to the main board now and run some more tests with different cables, the current cables I am using are 36inches.
I'll keep you posted.***
[EDIT: I deleted the Raid 5 Array, and setup a Raid 0 array with 1 drive (I know this doesn't make sence, but there was no way to make the HD show up in windows via the raid controller with out using an array... so really there is NO array just 1 drive physical drive as a logical Raid 0 array... kinda not really ).
The reason for doing this is to test the preformance of a single physical drive from the raid controller to see what happens.
And now for the results:
I also created a RAID 1 array with 2 physical drives:
And Also a Raid 0 array:
So judging from these results, Am I chasing a pipe dream...
Is the original graph/preformance testing results the best I am going to see from this setup (raid card) ?
Thanks for the help,
I knew this was going to comeup eventually...
I am using a Mobo from a Compaq Presario SR1710NX, and it's an OEM Mobo (Model Number: A8AE-LE) with little to no documentation at all out there...
I've actually modified this MoBo's Bios so I could add a couple of features to it, that were not supported initially (Memory Timings, WOL, etc...)
After putzing around on SiSandra, I pulled the following info on my Mainboard & Chipset:
Also the raid controller:
And while I was at it I ran SiSandra's HD Benchmark on the RAID 5 array:
What's that File Server Optimization = NO all about???
Look's like it's not that bad as it looked using HDtach.
Next for intel I/O meter tests...
So I guess the big question is:
Am I chasing a pipe dream...
Is the original graph/preformance testing results the best I am going to see from this setup ?
And who's fault is it for the preformance, the Raid Controller card or the Motherboard?
I am exhusted... I am going to bed now
Thanks for all the help guys,