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Old 1st April 2008, 19:52   #1
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In none of the configurations was there an increase in FPS due to the introduction of a Raid array. FPS remained consistently within1-4% between all configurations.We did not see an increase or benefit of Raid to frames per second.

As you can see there is anywhere between 10 seconds and 7 seconds difference loading time between a Raid 0 and single drive configuration. What cannot be measured but was experienced was a big reduction in in game lag due to hard drive access. Any occasional stutters were momentary pauses as opposed to elongated stutters which can be experienced with single drive configurations.

Overall gameplay comes down to your video card and CPU more than it does the hard drive. While game load times show here are for games with huge maps and a lot of textures your average games should load faster and you will be waiting less and playing more with a raid configuration. You may want to weigh this against the cost of a 2 to 4 drive configuration plus the raid controller card. We cannot stress enough the large difference between onboard and stand along raid controllers CPU consumption and would suggest a stand alone card for your best performance.
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