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Iwill SIDE-RAID100 vs. Adaptec ATA RAID 1200A


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Iwill SIDE-RAID100 vs. Adaptec ATA RAID 1200A
  August 14, 2001 Author: Terry Baranski  


Conclusion...

In light of the very impressive performance of the Adaptec ATA RAID 2400A, high hopes for the 1200A may be justified. Unfortunately, the 1200A fails to impress in the performance department. IOMeter results are, overall, significantly worse than competing cards which, because of their cost-sensitive nature, don't have blazingly fast random IO performance to begin with. The 1200A's 54MB/sec STR limit is also far from impressive, especially with competing cards hovering in the 80MB/sec range.

The SIDE-RAID100, on the other hand, performs on par with the FastTrak100 and MegaRAID IDE100 overall. It's also one of the cheapest ATA RAID controllers available - attaining the retail kit for under $50 is possible. Considering the average ~$75 price tag of competing cards, this makes Iwill's adapter an attractive option for those seeking an entry-level ATA RAID card.

Contrasting the performance of the 1200A and SIDE-RAID100 demonstrates that the actual RAID controller used on a given adapter is by no means the sole determiner of performance - both of these cards use the HPT370 controller yet perform quite differently. This illustrates that there are other aspects to performance - such as drivers and firmware - that also play a role.


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