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Windows 7: What is my raid controller?

16 Aug 2012   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
What is my raid controller?

How to understand what raid controller is currently managing my raid 1 and how to test if i'm having normal performance?

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16 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Your manual should explain which ports on your motherboard make up the controller. Some boards have two sets, for example, ports 1-4 could be Intel and 5-6 are Marvell, etc.

Unless you have a dedicated, add-in RAID controller card, then it will just be the "soft" RAID found on most motherboards.
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17 Aug 2012   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit

hm they don't mention anything about what raid controller they use in the manual
googling didn't help much either.

I need to check if im getting the maximum performance out of my raid
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17 Aug 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Based on your system specs and the Asrock website, you have the Z68 Intel chipset. So, if you go into device manager, you should see something listed under controllers, such as ICH10R or so. I see no mention of a third-party controller in the board specs, so that's it. Intel chipsets are good, in terms of soft-RAID, but overall, your performance will be less than what you'd expect to see with a single drive. Soft-RAID has some overhead resource utilization because it isn't an actual hardware chip handling the RAID functions. You got mad in another thread when I tried to describe that to you. I'm not saying that to stoke any flames, just pointing out a previous conversation on the topic.

Now, how much slower would it be? That depends on a lot of factors. However, you should be able to run a standard disk benchmark on it. I would expect to see them perform around 75% to 80% of what a single WD Black drive would run.
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17 Aug 2012   #5

Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit

Thank you, that helps a lot!

About the other thing, yes because it was for other thread, and as you see you got me interested and I started another one just for that

Will digg some single drive benchmarks to compare and report back :
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