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Discussion in 'Recording' started by gabitzu, Apr 20, 2004.

  1. gabitzu

    gabitzu Guest

    hi all...it's been a long time since i made a topic on this forum....here i am again with doubts of course....

    i start with my system specs

    P4 2.4 G FSP 533 HT
    WD 40 GB 8 MB CACHE on first IDE bus with XP SP1 and progs installed on it

    WD 80 GB 8 MB CACHE on second IDE bus ...wich i would like to keep it for samples and others...

    i also have two new WD RAPTORS 36 GIGS EACH...wich i would like to set them in RAID 0 array for best performance...i want to use many midi tracks with Vstis and lots of effects....

    i have a RME HDSP 9632 soundcard with the latest driver

    the problem is :before i have used the second wd 80 gigs for audio data an it worked fine till one point when i have loaded lots of VSTIs the CPU meter grew up to 90 % and it started with pops and clicks...so then i dicided to go for raptors for better perform...
    but the things are not going like i thought...since i installed them in RAID 0 array i got less performance than before...

    so i want anyone with experience in sata drives...to help me set them up in the best way for a good perform...

    if the RAID 0 is not a good idea to go,then what is the best way to go

    sorry for the long topic and for my bad english...i practice a lot....

    OPUS i'm waiting for an answer from you...
  2. mjones4th

    mjones4th Active Member

    If you're running a software controlled RAID, you're gonna see less performance, because the CPU has to devote a portion of time to managing the RAID array. That means less CPU for you VSTi's and so on. So if that's the case, you can scrap that.

    When the cpu is being heavily used, drive performance drops. That is basically unavoidable because the CPU has to manage disk access, to some extent, and if the CPU's attention is elsewhere.... Faster drives will not solve that, but they may mitigate the problem somewhat. But don't look for a huge difference. And if you add a Software controlled RAID to that, then it gets worse, not better.

    If you really want to do a RAID, get a hardware RAID controller. Like this one.

    (But beware that a PCI RAID card may hog the PCI bus, and cause clicks and pops with your soundcard. That's what happened to me when I tried to build an ATA/133 RAID with a SIIG PCI RAID Controller. However I have heard good things about the RME cards cooperating with SCSI and RAID cards.)

    BTW haven't seen opus for quite some time now. So I guess I'm your huckleberry!

  3. gabitzu

    gabitzu Guest

    thank you for helpin me....i found this raid pci controller a bit expensive...are there others cheaper than that one?.....if not....is it posibile to use the raptors in independent sata setup with better performance?...

    i have tried in bios to cancel the raid and to set up sata idepend...but i could'nt...
  4. mjones4th

    mjones4th Active Member

    Don't know if there are cheaper ones, that was the first one that google turned up.

    If you set up the raptors independantly, you get better combined performance. But you also have to worry about file organization since you're dealing with 2 37GB drives instead of 1 74GB RAID.

    I don't know how to activate and deactivate RAID on your computer, but I'm sure you can find help if you look around the net. Try forums that discuss your motherboard, for instance this one: http://www.abxzone.com/

    :shock: Google is your friend :shock: Come to Google :shock:

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