My Samsung SpinPoints where leading or pretty close to leading in RAID arrays in the benchmarks way back when, but now....These things are 3 years old. When I build computers now I use Seagate 500GB 7200.11 with the 32MB cache. One of those drives is almost faster than my RAID-0 setup, except in bandwidth and multiple read/writes of course.
It's becasue of the SB600 RAID problems that I didn't enable RAID on my pals Spider platform. Didn't even do AHCI. He has SATA optical drives also, and I guess with that you can't do RAID. It's working and I didn't feel like messing around to get AHCI working since I was reading that performance wasn't that optimal on SB600. But I did put his Page File on the second drive and that seems to cheat it into being a bit faster.
Now, on my parents tri-core 790G system with SB700 I did do the trick of enabling AHCI after being in IDE mode. It's actually quite simple, and painless. If you ever want to do it, search for enabling AHCI in Vista and you should find a MSDN KB article on it. Basically you do a registry edit of enabling the Microsoft AHCI driver. You reboot and go into your BIOS and then switch it over to AHCI mode. Voila. Be patient as it loads the drivers up, and then it'll tell you it needs to restart. Do so, and then you can update to the AMD drivers. Again, patience on the boot up time, reboot and you have it all good to go. RAIDXpert works there for enabling NCQ and SMART polling.
I never did bench if the Microsoft drivers are better than the AMD drivers, or vice versa. I can tell you that the AMD drivers did boot up windows much faster. Once I did a few restarts and then defragged, bootup was about 5 seconds quicker. I hope you guys have more success with this, and I really hope when the 800 chipset comes out, that they fix this. I mean come on, they're doing a server chip so you'd think their expertise would spill over to the high(er) end desktop chipsets.
Kab, I really feel for you, man. I lost a RAID array a few times. Once becasue of a bluescreen hard reboot and once due to a power outage during a defrag. It really sucks. I know we can't say or do anything to make it better, but we all feel the hurt here. Hope you get everything up and running again!
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