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


Although neither card's overall performance is mind-blowing, it's unfair to expect world-class performance out of cost-sensitive adapters such as the FastTrak and MegaRAID. Again, such cards strive to deliver as much of a performance increase as possible at a given price point as opposed to "absolute top" performance.

So, is one of these cards better than the other? Probably not... such generalization should be avoided. Anyone considering buying one of these cards should keep two things in mind: 1) the RAID level to be used, and 2) the dominant access pattern (random/sequential, read/write, etc). Only then will it be possible to make the appropriate decision based on the performance results.

The issue of whether or not cards such as the FastTrak and MegaRAID are even worth buying needs to be addressed. It too, however, isn't as clear-cut as some people believe. Although the Escalade 6400 remains the ATA RAID adapter to beat, the FastTrak and MegaRAID are both viable solutions for those looking for, say, a cost-effective boost in STR performance, or inexpensive redundancy in the form of mirroring. Random I/O RAID 0 performance, however, isn't anything to write home about on either card. We have a hard time recommending them there.

In the end, a generalization such as "card X is better than card Y" simply can't be made here, as is usually the case. Both cards have their assets and liabilities, and it's up to the user to decide which one is better for his or her specific purposes.

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