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Iwill SIDE-RAID66 IDE Controller Review

Iwill SIDE-RAID66 IDE Controller Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Until recently the implementation of RAID or Redundant Array of Independent Disks, was focused towards SCSI based servers which demand extremely high speed data throughput and the security that data on the server will remain intact under any given circumstance.
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External Mfg. Website: Iwill Apr 04 2000   P. Masrani  
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RAID 1 Benchmarks and Conclusion

As the primary role for drives operating under RAID 1 is data redundancy and less on speed. Nevertheless, one would certainly be interested in a general idea on how a RAID 1 subsystem would perform. Here are some results of RAID 1 benchmarking under the Winbench 99 suite...

The performance gains under RAID 1 are not as dramatic as they are under RAID 0. That is because they are probably not supposed to be. Remember, the main focus on RAID 1 is redundancy.

Conclusions

Using the SIDE-RAID66 card under normal every day use, I noticed that even the mundane of tasks became a bit more responsive. Loading large applications such as Adobe Premiere seemed to execute much faster than under RAID 0 than my regular single drive setup. At an MSRP of $99, you surely get your money's worth. Even if you are looking for just an ATA/66 controller card for your BX platform, this wouldn't be a bad option at all.

With data redundancy and high speed RAID 0 and RAID 0/1 support the SIDE-RAID66 certainly delivers what it had promised. Now that RAID is available for IDE drives at a cost effective price, I certainly foresee the demand for such cards growing at a very high rate.

Though not the first company to release such a card, Iwill took a step in showing what they are made of. In continuing with their tradition of making high quality and very appealing products, the SIDE-RAID66 has given users a great solution in solving their IDE woes.

With the introduction of ATA/100, is Iwill going to release a similar product to work under this interface? We here certainly hope so...

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Contents of Article: Iwill SIDE-RAID66
 Pg 1.  Iwill SIDE-RAID66 IDE Controller Review
 Pg 2.  RAID Explained
 Pg 3.  Iwill SIDE-RAID66
 Pg 4.  RAID 0 Benchmarks
 Pg 5.  — RAID 1 Benchmarks and Conclusion

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