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


RAID 0...

Jump To AnalysisIOMeter - File Server Access PatternJump To Analysis
IOMeter TestsIO/secMB/secResponse TimeCPU Util.IO/CPU%
Load = Linear
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 2 Drives71.52 0.77 13.98 ms 1.40 % 51.09
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 2 Drives70.57 0.77 14.16 ms 0.85 % 83.02
Load = Very Light
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 2 Drives73.06 0.78 54.77 ms 1.47 % 49.70
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 2 Drives71.83 0.78 55.68 ms 0.94 % 76.41
Load = Light
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 2 Drives84.00 0.92 190.43 ms 1.74 % 48.28
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 2 Drives82.77 0.90 193.26 ms 1.01 % 81.95
Load = Moderate
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 2 Drives96.24 1.04 664.66 ms 1.96 % 49.10
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 2 Drives94.87 1.02 674.39 ms 1.29 % 73.54
Load = Heavy
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 2 Drives109.76 1.19 2328.24 ms 2.68 % 40.96
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 2 Drives108.14 1.18 2363.31 ms 1.84 % 58.77

Jump To AnalysisIOMeter - Workstation Access PatternJump To Analysis
IOMeter TestsIO/secMB/secResponse TimeCPU Util.IO/CPU%
Load = Linear
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 2 Drives84.13 0.66 11.88 ms 1.58 % 53.25
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 2 Drives84.16 0.66 11.88 ms 1.05 % 80.15
Load = Very Light
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 2 Drives85.35 0.67 46.86 ms 1.56 % 54.71
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 2 Drives85.44 0.67 46.81 ms 1.11 % 76.97
Load = Light
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 2 Drives96.75 0.76 165.35 ms 1.87 % 51.74
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 2 Drives96.49 0.75 165.77 ms 1.22 % 79.09
Load = Moderate
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 2 Drives110.39 0.86 579.55 ms 2.31 % 47.79
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 2 Drives110.51 0.86 578.96 ms 1.55 % 71.30
Load = Heavy
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 2 Drives125.68 0.98 2034.28 ms 3.03 % 41.48
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 2 Drives125.23 0.98 2041.51 ms 2.10 % 59.63

Jump To AnalysisIOMeter - Database Access PatternJump To Analysis
IOMeter TestsIO/secMB/secResponse TimeCPU Util.IO/CPU%
Load = Linear
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 2 Drives81.59 0.64 12.25 ms 1.64 % 49.75
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 2 Drives81.37 0.64 12.25 ms 1.09 % 74.65
Load = Very Light
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 2 Drives82.96 0.65 48.21 ms 1.63 % 50.90
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 2 Drives82.37 0.64 48.55 ms 1.00 % 82.37
Load = Light
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 2 Drives93.29 0.73 171.47 ms 1.74 % 53.61
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 2 Drives92.53 0.72 172.87 ms 1.21 % 76.47
Load = Moderate
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 2 Drives106.25 0.83 602.02 ms 2.16 % 49.19
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 2 Drives105.36 0.82 606.88 ms 1.45 % 72.66
Load = Heavy
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 2 Drives120.71 0.94 2117.99 ms 2.97 % 40.64
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 2 Drives121.28 0.95 2107.78 ms 2.26 % 53.66

Jump To AnalysisIOMeter - Random Write PatternJump To Analysis
IOMeter TestsIO/secMB/secResponse TimeCPU Util.IO/CPU%
Load = Linear
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 2 Drives198.54 1.55 5.03 ms 3.72 % 53.37
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 2 Drives196.79 1.54 5.08 ms 2.50 % 78.72
Load = Very Light
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 2 Drives198.92 1.55 20.10 ms 3.57 % 55.72
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 2 Drives195.88 1.53 20.42 ms 2.78 % 70.46
Load = Light
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 2 Drives198.52 1.55 80.59 ms 3.74 % 53.08
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 2 Drives196.34 1.53 81.47 ms 2.80 % 70.12
Load = Moderate
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 2 Drives200.29 1.56 319.44 ms 4.14 % 48.38
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 2 Drives197.14 1.54 324.54 ms 2.88 % 68.45
Load = Heavy
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 2 Drives208.17 1.63 1228.70 ms 5.11 % 40.74
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 2 Drives205.58 1.61 1243.42 ms 4.02 % 51.14

Jump To AnalysisIOMeter - Sequential Write PatternJump To Analysis
IOMeter TestsIO/secMB/secResponse TimeCPU Util.IO/CPU%
Load = Linear
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 2 Drives222.67 55.67 4.49 ms 10.85 % 20.52
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 2 Drives221.57 55.39 4.51 ms 7.93 % 27.94
Load = Very Light
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 2 Drives222.63 55.66 17.96 ms 11.12 % 20.02
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 2 Drives221.68 55.42 18.04 ms 8.32 % 26.64
Load = Light
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 2 Drives222.75 55.69 71.82 ms 10.91 % 20.42
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 2 Drives221.49 55.37 72.23 ms 8.73 % 25.37
Load = Moderate
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 2 Drives222.65 55.66 287.43 ms 12.03 % 18.51
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 2 Drives221.58 55.40 288.78 ms 12.35 % 17.94
Load = Heavy
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 2 Drives219.90 54.98 1054.30 ms 12.91 % 17.03
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 2 Drives220.45 55.11 1049.51 ms 12.43 % 17.74



Jump To AnalysisIOMeter - File Server Access PatternJump To Analysis
IOMeter TestsIO/secMB/secResponse TimeCPU Util.IO/CPU%
Load = Linear
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 3 Drives70.31 0.75 14.22 ms 1.38 % 50.95
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 3 Drives69.91 0.75 14.30 ms 0.85 % 82.25
Load = Very Light
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 3 Drives71.18 0.76 56.19 ms 1.39 % 51.21
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 3 Drives70.79 0.77 56.50 ms 0.88 % 80.44
Load = Light
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 3 Drives80.47 0.86 198.81 ms 1.56 % 51.58
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 3 Drives80.09 0.87 199.75 ms 1.00 % 80.09
Load = Moderate
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 3 Drives92.91 1.00 688.63 ms 1.90 % 48.90
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 3 Drives92.41 0.99 692.05 ms 1.11 % 83.25
Load = Heavy
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 3 Drives106.49 1.14 2400.23 ms 2.50 % 42.60
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 3 Drives105.43 1.14 2424.19 ms 1.69 % 62.38

Jump To AnalysisIOMeter - Workstation Access PatternJump To Analysis
IOMeter TestsIO/secMB/secResponse TimeCPU Util.IO/CPU%
Load = Linear
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 3 Drives83.84 0.66 11.92 ms 1.54 % 54.44
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 3 Drives83.72 0.65 11.94 ms 0.98 % 85.43
Load = Very Light
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 3 Drives84.60 0.66 47.27 ms 1.58 % 53.54
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 3 Drives84.40 0.66 47.38 ms 1.09 % 77.43
Load = Light
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 3 Drives94.10 0.74 170.01 ms 1.87 % 50.32
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 3 Drives93.78 0.73 170.58 ms 1.20 % 78.15
Load = Moderate
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 3 Drives107.49 0.84 595.20 ms 2.03 % 52.95
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 3 Drives107.92 0.84 592.62 ms 1.45 % 74.43
Load = Heavy
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 3 Drives123.71 0.97 2066.69 ms 2.97 % 41.65
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 3 Drives123.74 0.97 2066.05 ms 2.03 % 60.96

Jump To AnalysisIOMeter - Database Access PatternJump To Analysis
IOMeter TestsIO/secMB/secResponse TimeCPU Util.IO/CPU%
Load = Linear
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 3 Drives81.84 0.64 12.21 ms 1.62 % 50.52
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 3 Drives82.31 0.64 12.14 ms 1.04 % 79.14
Load = Very Light
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 3 Drives82.09 0.64 48.72 ms 1.54 % 53.31
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 3 Drives82.34 0.64 48.57 ms 1.03 % 79.94
Load = Light
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 3 Drives92.45 0.72 173.05 ms 1.79 % 51.65
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 3 Drives92.20 0.72 173.51 ms 1.17 % 78.80
Load = Moderate
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 3 Drives106.54 0.83 600.42 ms 2.03 % 52.48
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 3 Drives106.81 0.83 598.83 ms 1.33 % 80.31
Load = Heavy
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 3 Drives122.19 0.95 2092.27 ms 2.82 % 43.33
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 3 Drives122.30 0.96 2090.19 ms 2.02 % 60.54

Jump To AnalysisIOMeter - Random Write PatternJump To Analysis
IOMeter TestsIO/secMB/secResponse TimeCPU Util.IO/CPU%
Load = Linear
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 3 Drives294.14 2.30 3.40 ms 5.56 % 52.90
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 3 Drives292.07 2.28 3.42 ms 3.61 % 80.91
Load = Very Light
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 3 Drives294.28 2.30 13.59 ms 5.44 % 54.10
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 3 Drives292.81 2.29 13.66 ms 3.79 % 77.26
Load = Light
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 3 Drives293.16 2.29 54.57 ms 5.72 % 51.25
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 3 Drives291.90 2.28 54.80 ms 4.01 % 72.79
Load = Moderate
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 3 Drives295.42 2.31 216.60 ms 5.87 % 50.33
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 3 Drives292.45 2.28 218.79 ms 3.96 % 73.85
Load = Heavy
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 3 Drives304.19 2.38 841.09 ms 7.15 % 42.54
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 3 Drives303.40 2.37 843.13 ms 5.58 % 54.37

Jump To AnalysisIOMeter - Sequential Write PatternJump To Analysis
IOMeter TestsIO/secMB/secResponse TimeCPU Util.IO/CPU%
Load = Linear
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 3 Drives283.12 70.78 3.53 ms 16.30 % 17.37
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 3 Drives281.70 70.43 3.54 ms 9.84 % 28.63
Load = Very Light
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 3 Drives286.12 71.53 13.97 ms 16.57 % 17.27
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 3 Drives284.72 71.18 14.04 ms 10.37 % 27.46
Load = Light
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 3 Drives286.09 71.52 55.91 ms 16.85 % 16.98
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 3 Drives284.27 71.07 56.28 ms 11.12 % 25.56
Load = Moderate
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 3 Drives285.89 71.47 223.85 ms 17.79 % 16.07
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 3 Drives282.50 70.62 226.53 ms 15.40 % 18.34
Load = Heavy
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 3 Drives283.76 70.94 815.82 ms 19.85 % 14.30
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 3 Drives281.16 70.29 823.02 ms 15.50 % 18.14



Jump To AnalysisIOMeter - File Server Access PatternJump To Analysis
IOMeter TestsIO/secMB/secResponse TimeCPU Util.IO/CPU%
Load = Linear
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 4 Drives70.02 0.75 14.28 ms 1.36 % 51.49
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 4 Drives73.65 0.80 13.57 ms 0.89 % 82.75
Load = Very Light
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 4 Drives70.82 0.76 56.47 ms 1.36 % 52.07
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 4 Drives73.46 0.79 54.45 ms 0.98 % 74.96
Load = Light
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 4 Drives78.32 0.86 204.26 ms 1.55 % 50.53
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 4 Drives82.11 0.88 194.81 ms 1.03 % 79.72
Load = Moderate
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 4 Drives90.54 0.98 706.51 ms 1.71 % 52.95
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 4 Drives94.00 1.02 680.49 ms 1.23 % 76.42
Load = Heavy
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 4 Drives104.19 1.12 2452.49 ms 2.57 % 40.54
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 4 Drives107.66 1.16 2374.46 ms 1.70 % 63.33

Jump To AnalysisIOMeter - Workstation Access PatternJump To Analysis
IOMeter TestsIO/secMB/secResponse TimeCPU Util.IO/CPU%
Load = Linear
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 4 Drives83.89 0.66 11.92 ms 1.64 % 51.15
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 4 Drives87.01 0.68 11.49 ms 1.09 % 79.83
Load = Very Light
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 4 Drives84.68 0.66 47.23 ms 1.65 % 51.32
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 4 Drives87.69 0.69 45.61 ms 1.09 % 80.45
Load = Light
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 4 Drives91.72 0.72 174.42 ms 1.80 % 50.96
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 4 Drives94.61 0.74 169.07 ms 1.18 % 80.18
Load = Moderate
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 4 Drives105.02 0.82 609.10 ms 2.05 % 51.23
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 4 Drives109.21 0.85 585.81 ms 1.47 % 74.29
Load = Heavy
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 4 Drives120.40 0.94 2122.95 ms 2.75 % 43.78
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 4 Drives124.87 0.98 2047.78 ms 2.19 % 57.02

Jump To AnalysisIOMeter - Database Access PatternJump To Analysis
IOMeter TestsIO/secMB/secResponse TimeCPU Util.IO/CPU%
Load = Linear
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 4 Drives82.77 0.65 12.08 ms 1.51 % 54.81
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 4 Drives85.60 0.67 11.68 ms 1.01 % 84.75
Load = Very Light
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 4 Drives83.36 0.65 47.98 ms 1.67 % 49.92
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 4 Drives85.93 0.67 46.54 ms 1.06 % 81.07
Load = Light
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 4 Drives91.08 0.71 175.64 ms 1.71 % 53.26
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 4 Drives94.69 0.74 168.95 ms 1.20 % 78.91
Load = Moderate
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 4 Drives105.46 0.82 606.59 ms 2.25 % 46.87
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 4 Drives108.23 0.85 591.11 ms 1.39 % 77.86
Load = Heavy
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 4 Drives121.89 0.95 2096.76 ms 2.77 % 44.00
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 4 Drives125.77 0.98 2032.34 ms 2.17 % 57.96

Jump To AnalysisIOMeter - Random Write PatternJump To Analysis
IOMeter TestsIO/secMB/secResponse TimeCPU Util.IO/CPU%
Load = Linear
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 4 Drives389.84 3.05 2.56 ms 7.41 % 52.61
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 4 Drives384.15 3.00 2.60 ms 4.95 % 77.61
Load = Very Light
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 4 Drives390.24 3.05 10.25 ms 7.36 % 53.02
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 4 Drives384.40 3.00 10.40 ms 5.48 % 70.15
Load = Light
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 4 Drives389.48 3.04 41.07 ms 7.42 % 52.49
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 4 Drives384.51 3.00 41.61 ms 5.37 % 71.60
Load = Moderate
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 4 Drives389.32 3.04 164.37 ms 7.76 % 50.17
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 4 Drives385.80 3.01 165.85 ms 5.59 % 69.02
Load = Heavy
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 4 Drives399.20 3.12 641.01 ms 9.48 % 42.11
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 4 Drives393.54 3.07 650.22 ms 7.42 % 53.04

Jump To AnalysisIOMeter - Sequential Write PatternJump To Analysis
IOMeter TestsIO/secMB/secResponse TimeCPU Util.IO/CPU%
Load = Linear
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 4 Drives296.72 74.18 3.36 ms 20.69 % 14.34
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 4 Drives291.73 72.93 3.42 ms 10.28 % 28.38
Load = Very Light
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 4 Drives304.16 76.04 13.14 ms 21.26 % 14.31
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 4 Drives299.12 74.78 13.37 ms 11.29 % 26.49
Load = Light
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 4 Drives303.89 75.97 52.64 ms 21.43 % 14.18
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 4 Drives298.54 74.64 53.59 ms 12.01 % 24.86
Load = Moderate
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 4 Drives303.37 75.84 210.94 ms 22.72 % 13.35
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 4 Drives295.76 73.94 216.37 ms 19.98 % 14.80
Load = Heavy
AMI MegaRAID IDE100, RAID 0, 4 Drives299.19 74.80 773.58 ms 24.23 % 12.35
Promise FastTrak 100, RAID 0, 4 Drives292.36 73.09 791.61 ms 16.39 % 17.84
 

Here the same situation exists: there is no significant performance difference between the FastTrak and the MegaRAID. In fact, it's eerie to witness how similarly these two cards perform in RAID 0. The Workstation, File Server, and Database performance of both adapters increases somewhat in a 2-drive RAID 0 array relative to a single drive, but then unfortunately stays about the same when moving to 3 and 4-drive RAID 0 arrays. Random write performance scales as more drives are added to both cards, as does (for the most part) sequential write performance - both cards max out at a fairly impressive 75MB/sec.

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