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Promise FastTrak100 vs. AMI MegaRAID IDE100


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Promise FastTrak100 vs. AMI MegaRAID IDE100
  April 4, 2001 Author: Terry Baranski  


IOMeter scores...

As was the case in the Escalade 6400 vs. SuperTrak 100 article, we're pleased to deploy IOMeter for a more reliable performance picture of these adapters. Due to WinBench's problems, we can't compare any of the above Diskmark scores with each other to ascertain performance differences between the two units. With IOMeter, however, we may do so.


Base scores...

Jump To AnalysisIOMeter - File Server Access PatternJump To Analysis
IOMeter TestsIO/secMB/secResponse TimeCPU Util.IO/CPU%
Load = Linear
Abit SL6, 1 Drive64.11 0.70 15.59 ms 0.76 % 84.36
Promise Ultra 66, 1 Drive65.51 0.69 15.26 ms 0.70 % 93.59
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, 1 Drive65.57 0.70 15.24 ms 1.16 % 56.53
Promise FastTrak 100, 1 Drive65.53 0.71 15.25 ms 0.75 % 87.37
Load = Very Light
Abit SL6, 1 Drive66.91 0.73 59.77 ms 0.75 % 89.21
Promise Ultra 66, 1 Drive67.85 0.73 58.94 ms 0.73 % 92.95
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, 1 Drive68.39 0.74 58.48 ms 1.20 % 56.99
Promise FastTrak 100, 1 Drive68.14 0.73 58.69 ms 0.75 % 90.85
Load = Light
Abit SL6, 1 Drive76.83 0.85 208.21 ms 0.87 % 88.31
Promise Ultra 66, 1 Drive78.11 0.85 204.80 ms 0.89 % 87.76
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, 1 Drive79.11 0.87 202.22 ms 1.43 % 55.32
Promise FastTrak 100, 1 Drive78.78 0.86 203.05 ms 0.93 % 84.71
Load = Moderate
Abit SL6, 1 Drive86.75 0.95 737.33 ms 1.04 % 83.41
Promise Ultra 66, 1 Drive87.72 0.94 729.34 ms 1.02 % 86.00
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, 1 Drive88.84 0.95 720.02 ms 1.62 % 54.84
Promise FastTrak 100, 1 Drive88.71 0.96 720.95 ms 1.11 % 79.92
Load = Heavy
Abit SL6, 1 Drive94.68 1.02 2703.59 ms 1.48 % 63.97
Promise Ultra 66, 1 Drive96.97 1.05 2634.26 ms 1.53 % 63.38
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, 1 Drive97.30 1.05 2624.96 ms 2.05 % 47.46
Promise FastTrak 100, 1 Drive97.29 1.05 2624.04 ms 1.40 % 69.49

Jump To AnalysisIOMeter - Workstation Access PatternJump To Analysis
IOMeter TestsIO/secMB/secResponse TimeCPU Util.IO/CPU%
Load = Linear
Abit SL6, 1 Drive75.20 0.59 13.29 ms 0.84 % 89.52
Promise Ultra 66, 1 Drive76.05 0.59 13.14 ms 0.81 % 93.89
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, 1 Drive76.87 0.60 13.00 ms 1.44 % 53.38
Promise FastTrak 100, 1 Drive77.05 0.60 12.97 ms 0.87 % 88.56
Load = Very Light
Abit SL6, 1 Drive77.47 0.61 51.63 ms 0.76 % 101.93
Promise Ultra 66, 1 Drive77.96 0.61 51.30 ms 0.81 % 96.25
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, 1 Drive79.13 0.62 50.54 ms 1.44 % 54.95
Promise FastTrak 100, 1 Drive79.52 0.62 50.30 ms 0.99 % 80.32
Load = Light
Abit SL6, 1 Drive88.26 0.69 181.26 ms 1.00 % 88.26
Promise Ultra 66, 1 Drive88.49 0.70 178.74 ms 1.03 % 85.91
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, 1 Drive91.39 0.71 175.03 ms 1.60 % 57.12
Promise FastTrak 100, 1 Drive91.02 0.71 175.69 ms 1.09 % 83.50
Load = Moderate
Abit SL6, 1 Drive98.92 0.77 646.73 ms 1.05 % 94.21
Promise Ultra 66, 1 Drive99.85 0.78 640.55 ms 1.14 % 87.59
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, 1 Drive101.90 0.80 627.75 ms 1.90 % 53.63
Promise FastTrak 100, 1 Drive102.08 0.80 626.73 ms 1.20 % 85.07
Load = Heavy
Abit SL6, 1 Drive110.14 0.86 2320.72 ms 1.52 % 72.46
Promise Ultra 66, 1 Drive110.34 0.86 2316.28 ms 1.66 % 66.47
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, 1 Drive111.10 0.87 2300.29 ms 2.47 % 44.98
Promise FastTrak 100, 1 Drive111.46 0.87 2293.11 ms 1.68 % 66.35

Jump To AnalysisIOMeter - Database Access PatternJump To Analysis
IOMeter TestsIO/secMB/secResponse TimeCPU Util.IO/CPU%
Load = Linear
Abit SL6, 1 Drive68.64 0.54 14.56 ms 0.69 % 99.48
Promise Ultra 66, 1 Drive76.05 0.59 13.14 ms 0.81 % 93.89
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, 1 Drive69.91 0.55 14.30 ms 1.23 % 56.84
Promise FastTrak 100, 1 Drive70.01 0.55 14.28 ms 0.80 % 87.51
Load = Very Light
Abit SL6, 1 Drive70.33 0.55 56.87 ms 0.74 % 95.04
Promise Ultra 66, 1 Drive77.96 0.61 51.30 ms 0.81 % 96.25
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, 1 Drive72.02 0.56 55.53 ms 1.38 % 52.19
Promise FastTrak 100, 1 Drive72.20 0.56 55.39 ms 0.83 % 86.99
Load = Light
Abit SL6, 1 Drive79.27 0.62 201.79 ms 0.87 % 91.11
Promise Ultra 66, 1 Drive88.49 0.70 178.74 ms 1.03 % 85.91
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, 1 Drive82.39 0.64 194.18 ms 1.49 % 55.30
Promise FastTrak 100, 1 Drive82.11 0.64 194.83 ms 0.97 % 84.65
Load = Moderate
Abit SL6, 1 Drive87.89 0.69 727.76 ms 0.90 % 97.66
Promise Ultra 66, 1 Drive99.85 0.78 640.55 ms 1.14 % 87.59
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, 1 Drive90.92 0.71 703.63 ms 1.69 % 53.80
Promise FastTrak 100, 1 Drive90.44 0.71 705.61 ms 1.06 % 85.32
Load = Heavy
Abit SL6, 1 Drive95.50 0.75 2647.68 ms 1.49 % 64.09
Promise Ultra 66, 1 Drive110.34 0.86 2316.28 ms 1.66 % 66.47
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, 1 Drive98.43 0.77 2596.53 ms 2.21 % 44.54
Promise FastTrak 100, 1 Drive98.16 0.77 2603.14 ms 1.49 % 65.88

Jump To AnalysisIOMeter - Random Write PatternJump To Analysis
IOMeter TestsIO/secMB/secResponse TimeCPU Util.IO/CPU%
Load = Linear
Abit SL6, 1 Drive104.48 0.82 9.57 ms 1.08 % 96.74
Promise Ultra 66, 1 Drive105.25 0.82 9.50 ms 1.17 % 89.96
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, 1 Drive107.16 0.84 9.33 ms 2.01 % 53.31
Promise FastTrak 100, 1 Drive107.52 0.84 9.30 ms 1.31 % 82.08
Load = Very Light
Abit SL6, 1 Drive104.36 0.82 38.32 ms 1.00 % 104.36
Promise Ultra 66, 1 Drive105.17 0.82 38.03 ms 1.13 % 93.07
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, 1 Drive107.52 0.84 37.20 ms 2.08 % 51.69
Promise FastTrak 100, 1 Drive107.21 0.84 37.31 ms 1.23 % 87.16
Load = Light
Abit SL6, 1 Drive104.33 0.82 153.34 ms 1.06 % 98.42
Promise Ultra 66, 1 Drive105.12 0.82 152.17 ms 1.09 % 96.44
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, 1 Drive107.76 0.84 148.46 ms 2.00 % 53.88
Promise FastTrak 100, 1 Drive107.75 0.84 148.48 ms 1.20 % 89.79
Load = Moderate
Abit SL6, 1 Drive105.80 0.83 604.69 ms 1.08 % 97.96
Promise Ultra 66, 1 Drive106.68 0.83 599.56 ms 1.23 % 86.73
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, 1 Drive108.99 0.85 586.93 ms 2.05 % 53.17
Promise FastTrak 100, 1 Drive109.03 0.85 586.79 ms 1.29 % 84.52
Load = Heavy
Abit SL6, 1 Drive114.16 0.89 2239.30 ms 1.71 % 66.76
Promise Ultra 66, 1 Drive115.36 0.90 2215.46 ms 1.68 % 68.67
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, 1 Drive116.76 0.91 2189.30 ms 2.70 % 43.24
Promise FastTrak 100, 1 Drive116.70 0.91 2190.80 ms 1.87 % 62.41

Jump To AnalysisIOMeter - Sequential Write PatternJump To Analysis
IOMeter TestsIO/secMB/secResponse TimeCPU Util.IO/CPU%
Load = Linear
Abit SL6, 1 Drive110.14 27.54 9.07 ms 6.75 % 16.32
Promise Ultra 66, 1 Drive110.39 27.60 9.05 ms 3.56 % 31.01
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, 1 Drive111.26 27.82 8.98 ms 4.37 % 25.46
Promise FastTrak 100, 1 Drive111.19 27.80 8.99 ms 3.94 % 28.22
Load = Very Light
Abit SL6, 1 Drive109.91 27.48 36.39 ms 6.82 % 16.12
Promise Ultra 66, 1 Drive110.51 27.63 36.19 ms 3.74 % 29.55
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, 1 Drive111.31 27.83 35.93 ms 4.55 % 24.46
Promise FastTrak 100, 1 Drive111.14 27.79 35.98 ms 4.04 % 27.51
Load = Light
Abit SL6, 1 Drive109.90 27.48 145.56 ms 7.36 % 14.93
Promise Ultra 66, 1 Drive110.55 27.64 144.71 ms 3.92 % 28.20
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, 1 Drive111.28 27.82 143.78 ms 4.42 % 25.18
Promise FastTrak 100, 1 Drive111.16 27.79 143.93 ms 4.29 % 25.91
Load = Moderate
Abit SL6, 1 Drive109.97 27.49 427.35 ms 12.40 % 8.87
Promise Ultra 66, 1 Drive110.50 27.62 579.16 ms 6.13 % 18.03
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, 1 Drive111.29 27.82 575.06 ms 4.85 % 22.95
Promise FastTrak 100, 1 Drive111.19 27.80 575.49 ms 7.41 % 15.01
Load = Heavy
Abit SL6, 1 Drive108.61 27.15 2126.35 ms 11.58 % 9.38
Promise Ultra 66, 1 Drive109.43 27.36 2115.21 ms 5.65 % 19.37
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, 1 Drive110.07 27.52 2121.00 ms 5.52 % 19.94
Promise FastTrak 100, 1 Drive110.07 27.52 2103.10 ms 6.20 % 17.75
 

The first thing one is likely to notice above is similarity between scores: there is no measurable performance difference whatsoever between these cards with a single drive. The MegaRAID's CPU utilization is again comes in somewhat higher, but it's nonetheless far too small of a difference to have any impact on performance.

 IOMeter RAID 0 Scores...


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