My system configuration:
2 * X5660
6 * 4 GB Kingstons RAM
2 * Intel SSD X25-M
OS: Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
I've created a raid 0 volume with my two ssd drives. The performance sucks! (had a ICH9R P35 Chipset and reached nearly 550 MB/s with read and 180 with write, no hangs, no problems - now with embedded raid II i only reach about 210 MB/s read, 80 write and when an application is installed everything else hangs!)
I think the problem is the write back cache, it is enabled in the settings (according to raid-bios and webconsole) but the checkbox on the volume in the device manager is not checked, if i try to do so a error message appears saying windows is unable to change the state of write back cache.
Any ideas so far?
My wish would be to run the Intel Rapid Storage Technology on this Board, since I only want Raid-0 and no Server-features!!! (i also want to utilize the TRIM-Commands which are available in the newest driver release - THAT would be great!!) - if anybody can make me a bios with RST instead auf IESRT2 i would be REALLY greatful!! - but that's just a sidenote!
Hope somebody is able to help me!
You may also try to enable disk cache using Raid Web Console 2.
Yes that one i figured out by myself, but that's not the Problem - the cpu-chart is at 0-1 % so there's not the problem,
even during the performance test it's not higher!
Raid Web Console 2 says that the Write Back Cache is enabled, the Raid-Bios-Tool too
Here are some benchmarks i made: (i think it's the newest driver - i've downloaded the newest version from the intel website and also updated the bios to the newest)
for comparison here with the same tool with just one ssd and Intel Matrix Storage
Your results look way better than mine!
Is the Checkbox for writeback cache in the device manager enabled?
Driver version is the same as yours (13.13.1021.2009)
The hickups you see in my results also happen during normal operation, then everything hangs and after 1-2 sec it's going back to normal