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The Escalade 7000 Series Revisited: 3Ware's Escalade 7450
  November 19, 2001 Author: Terry Baranski  


WinBench Results...

Due to the consistently unrepresentative WinBench Diskmark scores we've been getting in our RAID reviews, we're no longer going to bother to comment on them in RAID articles. We'll continue to present them for the sake of completeness, but the only WinBench tests that we'll discuss are the sustained transfer rate, access time, and CPU utilization tests.

Base Scores...

Ziff Davis WinBench 99 under Windows 2000 Professional using NTFS
Benchmark 3Ware Escalade 6400, 1 Drive3Ware Escalade 7410, 1 Drive3Ware Escalade 7450, 1 DriveAdaptec ATA RAID 2400A, 1 drive
Business Disk WinMark 99 (KB/sec) 4454 4406 3592 6110
High-End Disk WinMark 99 (KB/sec) 15200 15160 11140 14940
AVS/Express 3.4 (KB/sec)15300 16440 15820 12980
FrontPage 98 (KB/sec)62480 61900 27220 63020
MicroStation SE (KB/sec)19580 19880 17840 19100
Photoshop 4.0 (KB/sec)8502 8242 7568 8802
Premiere 4.2 (KB/sec)13460 13160 8920 12840
Sound Forge 4.0 (KB/sec)14820 15000 11160 16280
Visual C++ (KB/sec)14520 14360 7308 14340
Disk/Read Transfer RateStorageReview.com
Beginning (KB/sec)29800 29633 29800 29700
End (KB/sec)17500 17500 17500 17400
Disk Access Time (ms)14.04 15.38 15.14 15.62
Disk CPU Utilization (%)3.11 3.12 3.16 2.67

Nothing too exciting here... The Escalade 7450's access time is a bit lower than that of the 7410, but nothing may be concluded from this test alone.

RAID 0...

Ziff Davis WinBench 99 under Windows 2000 Professional using NTFS
Benchmark 3Ware Escalade 6400, RAID 0, 2 Drives3Ware Escalade 7410, RAID 0, 2 drives3Ware Escalade 7450, RAID 0, 2 DrivesAdaptec ATA RAID 2400A, RAID 0, 2 drives
Business Disk WinMark 99 (KB/sec) 3944 3676 3908 6116
High-End Disk WinMark 99 (KB/sec) 13540 13400 13480 17840
AVS/Express 3.4 (KB/sec)15660 15860 16200 13640
FrontPage 98 (KB/sec)31360 29560 31220 61340
MicroStation SE (KB/sec)16500 16020 16720 17800
Photoshop 4.0 (KB/sec)10532 10580 10460 12760
Premiere 4.2 (KB/sec)12020 11480 11960 16220
Sound Forge 4.0 (KB/sec)14300 14280 14100 21040
Visual C++ (KB/sec)8910 9070 8730 17020
Disk/Read Transfer RateStorageReview.com
Beginning (KB/sec)59600 59200 58233 59000
End (KB/sec)35000 34900 34900 34800
Disk Access Time (ms)15.2 15.18 15.20 15.52
Disk CPU Utilization (%)3.07 3.21 3.25 2.64

Ziff Davis WinBench 99 under Windows 2000 Professional using NTFS
Benchmark 3Ware Escalade 6400, RAID 0, 3 Drives3Ware Escalade 7410, RAID 0, 3 Drives3Ware Escalade 7450, RAID 0, 3 DrivesAdaptec ATA RAID 2400A, RAID 0, 3 drives
Business Disk WinMark 99 (KB/sec) 3992 4040 4030 6206
High-End Disk WinMark 99 (KB/sec) 14820 14740 14700 17620
AVS/Express 3.4 (KB/sec)17160 17220 17460 15300
FrontPage 98 (KB/sec)30560 31260 34380 61080
MicroStation SE (KB/sec)15820 17140 16540 18280
Photoshop 4.0 (KB/sec)12460 12620 12600 9864
Premiere 4.2 (KB/sec)14680 12760 12080 17840
Sound Forge 4.0 (KB/sec)14920 15240 14960 21800
Visual C++ (KB/sec)9744 9736 10032 17500
Disk/Read Transfer RateStorageReview.com
Beginning (KB/sec)85833 88700 88133 88333
End (KB/sec)52300 52400 52400 52200
Disk Access Time (ms)15.18 15.14 15.04 15.44
Disk CPU Utilization (%)3.20 3.18 3.27 2.71

Ziff Davis WinBench 99 under Windows 2000 Professional using NTFS
Benchmark 3Ware Escalade 6400, RAID 0, 4 Drives3Ware Escalade 7410, RAID 0, 4 Drives3Ware Escalade 7450, RAID 0, 4 DrivesAdaptec ATA RAID 2400A, RAID 0, 4 drives
Business Disk WinMark 99 (KB/sec) 4372 4300 4236 6384
High-End Disk WinMark 99 (KB/sec) 15080 15180 15140 16900
AVS/Express 3.4 (KB/sec)16360 16120 16880 15280
FrontPage 98 (KB/sec)33380 33720 34300 61340
MicroStation SE (KB/sec)16040 16760 16160 17920
Photoshop 4.0 (KB/sec)13740 13940 13860 8720
Premiere 4.2 (KB/sec)13640 12420 12620 17720
Sound Forge 4.0 (KB/sec)14780 15420 15080 20920
Visual C++ (KB/sec)10328 11000 10740 17300
Disk/Read Transfer RateStorageReview.com
Beginning (KB/sec)102667 107000 116000 109333
End (KB/sec)69600 69833 69867 69633
Disk Access Time (ms)15.4 14.96 14.88 15.02
Disk CPU Utilization (%)88.80 88.83 88.97 88.3

3Ware continues to find new ways to push the maximum realizable bandwidth of the standard 32-bit/33MHz PCI bus to levels that most (including myself) never thought possible. The Escalade 7450's score of 116MB/sec is 9MB/sec higher than that of the 7410, and 6MB/sec higher than the second-place ATA RAID 2400A.

RAID 1...

Ziff Davis WinBench 99 under Windows 2000 Professional using NTFS
Benchmark 3Ware Escalade 6400, RAID 1, 2 Drives3Ware Escalade 7410, RAID 1, 2 Drives3Ware Escalade 7450, RAID 1, 2 DrivesAdaptec ATA RAID 2400A, RAID 1, 2 Drives
Business Disk WinMark 99 (KB/sec) 3608 3560 3520 5158
High-End Disk WinMark 99 (KB/sec) 11660 11520 11740 13580
AVS/Express 3.4 (KB/sec)16180 17440 17460 11380
FrontPage 98 (KB/sec)27300 26720 29620 57240
MicroStation SE (KB/sec)17560 17920 17780 14240
Photoshop 4.0 (KB/sec)8100 7790 7786 8324
Premiere 4.2 (KB/sec)9530 9546 9680 11680
Sound Forge 4.0 (KB/sec)11760 11240 11600 16220
Visual C++ (KB/sec)7646 7460 7664 13940
Disk/Read Transfer RateStorageReview.com
Beginning (KB/sec)47600 49667 49333 29600
End (KB/sec)27467 27900 29300 17400
Disk Access Time (ms)13.5 13.42 13.52 15.50
Disk CPU Utilization (%)3.10 3.17 3.22 2.54

The 7450's RAID 1 WinBench scores are, unsurprisingly, virtually identical to the 7410's.

RAID 10...

Ziff Davis WinBench 99 under Windows 2000 Professional using NTFS
Benchmark 3Ware Escalade 6400, RAID 10, 4 Drives3Ware Escalade 7410, RAID 10, 4 Drives3Ware Escalade 7450, RAID 10, 4 DrivesAdaptec ATA RAID 2400A, RAID 01, 4 Drives
Business Disk WinMark 99 (KB/sec) 3892 3694 3770 5244
High-End Disk WinMark 99 (KB/sec) 13000 12680 13080 9718
AVS/Express 3.4 (KB/sec)14980 15880 16560 11300
FrontPage 98 (KB/sec)32200 31100 33060 54980
MicroStation SE (KB/sec)16600 16380 16360 15160
Photoshop 4.0 (KB/sec)10400 9340 10140 3002
Premiere 4.2 (KB/sec)10584 11280 10520 5650
Sound Forge 4.0 (KB/sec)13280 12900 13080 8276
Visual C++ (KB/sec)8862 8224 8922 11020
Disk/Read Transfer RateStorageReview.com
Beginning (KB/sec)59933 59600 59967 59167
End (KB/sec)46633 35000 49600 34867
Disk Access Time (ms)13.5 15.22 13.52 15.64
Disk CPU Utilization (%)3.04 3.20 3.24 2.64

The 7450's RAID 10 access time in WinBench returns to Escalade 6400 territory - about 1.7ms lower than that of the 7410. In the Escalade 7410 review, however, IOMeter seemed to disagree with this disparity between the 7410 and 6400 (i.e., scores under linear load were very similar), so we're not sure what (if anything) to make of this.

RAID 5...

Ziff Davis WinBench 99 under Windows 2000 Professional using NTFS
Benchmark 3Ware Escalade 6400, RAID 5, 3 Drives3Ware Escalade 7410, RAID 5, 3 Drives3Ware Escalade 7450, RAID 5, 3 DrivesAdaptec ATA RAID 2400A, RAID 5, 3 Drives
Business Disk WinMark 99 (KB/sec) 2120 1842 2024 3816
High-End Disk WinMark 99 (KB/sec) 4792 4370 5782 5378
AVS/Express 3.4 (KB/sec)13580 13060 12600 11780
FrontPage 98 (KB/sec)12200 13700 14680 46680
MicroStation SE (KB/sec)10644 11680 9056 16080
Photoshop 4.0 (KB/sec)1884 2250 3532 2254
Premiere 4.2 (KB/sec)2304 2554 3826 3036
Sound Forge 4.0 (KB/sec)3728 4106 6116 4822
Visual C++ (KB/sec)3328 3500 4286 6570
Disk/Read Transfer RateStorageReview.com
Beginning (KB/sec)58833 59167 59300 59067
End (KB/sec)34933 35000 34967 34833
Disk Access Time (ms)15.2 15.32 15.26 15.60
Disk CPU Utilization (%)3.11 3.11 3.16 2.69

Ziff Davis WinBench 99 under Windows 2000 Professional using NTFS
Benchmark 3Ware Escalade 6400, RAID 5, 4 Drives3Ware Escalade 7410, RAID 5, 4 Drives3Ware Escalade 7450, RAID 5, 4 DrivesAdaptec ATA RAID 2400A, RAID 5, 4 Drives
Business Disk WinMark 99 (KB/sec) 2378 1894 2158 5620
High-End Disk WinMark 99 (KB/sec) 6488 4758 6526 12760
AVS/Express 3.4 (KB/sec)14320 13540 15100 13600
FrontPage 98 (KB/sec)12480 15720 14240 58920
MicroStation SE (KB/sec)11880 11880 10180 17020
Photoshop 4.0 (KB/sec)1988 2418 3892 6440
Premiere 4.2 (KB/sec)2522 2780 4304 9928
Sound Forge 4.0 (KB/sec)4070 4586 6840 16200
Visual C++ (KB/sec)3590 3892 4972 12420
Disk/Read Transfer RateStorageReview.com
Beginning (KB/sec)81900 87300 86733 83113
End (KB/sec)52233 52400 52400 52200
Disk Access Time (ms)15.3 15.16 15.26 15.68
Disk CPU Utilization (%)3.10 3.22 3.13 2.70

Scores between the 7450 and 7410 again remain very similar. Is this an indication that R5 Fusion Technology is nothing but marketing? Seems unlikely - it would be foolish to draw any conclusions based solely on a card's sustained transfer rate, linear access time, and CPU usage during 4MB/sec sustained reads (yep, that's how WinBench measures CPU usage by default). Performance under various load levels and access patterns is what matters, so we'll look to IOMeter to give us a more detailed performance picture.

 IOMeter...


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