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 Post subject: M17x RAID array installed
 Post Posted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:32 am 
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Got two 320GB WD Scorpio Blacks installed, but I'm still not all that thrilled with the performance. Average speed is 121.3 MB/sec, definitely slower than I thought it would be. Access and Burst rates suck too.

Granted, this is a whole lot better than the 40 MB/sec average I was getting from the single 500GB Seagate it came with, but still slower than what I'd like.

This *really* makes me want to throw in a couple SSD's, but they're just so darned expensive!!

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 Post subject: Re: M17x RAID array installed
 Post Posted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:39 am 
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Nice to see it works!!

You gotta admit though, for a laptop, it isnt bad at all. You can always grab a couple SSD's later on in the future when they drop in price.

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 Post subject: Re: M17x RAID array installed
 Post Posted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:52 am 
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Oh, absolutely!! For a "laptop" this thing rocks, I was just hoping for a little bit faster speed, that's all. Maybe I'm expecting a little *too* much, lol.

I could definitely get the performance to go up if I could install Intel Matrix Storage Manager, but I don't think it will work with an NVidia chipset, will it?

By the way, installing and setting up the RAID 0 array was a breeze. Absolutely painless, so if anyone else gets an M17x and wants to know how to do this, feel free to ask. It's very easy, and I'll be glad to help.

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 Post subject: Re: M17x RAID array installed
 Post Posted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:08 am 
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I with you JD, I can wait for the prices of SSD's to come down. I've looked at a couple at tigerdirect, but $370 for 120 gig for OCZ Vertex? If it came down to about 290 I might get one or two for my laptop.


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 Post subject: Re: M17x RAID array installed
 Post Posted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:14 am 
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Are you sure its an Nvidia Chipset? I thought they had an Intel Chipset in them? Maybe I am thinking of the M15x......

You could always try and install it and give it a go. Also, you should do all those tweaks in that video you posted about the Windows 7 Tweaks if you havent already. It could definitely improve the performance.

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 Post subject: Re: M17x RAID array installed
 Post Posted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:23 am 
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JediWill71 wrote:
I with you JD, I can wait for the prices of SSD's to come down. I've looked at a couple at tigerdirect, but $370 for 120 gig for OCZ Vertex? If it came down to about 290 I might get one or two for my laptop.


Yeah, they're insane. Did you see the new OCZ Vertex Limited Edition?? $900 for 200GB's!!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227509


m3th0d1c4l wrote:
Are you sure its an Nvidia Chipset? I thought they had an Intel Chipset in them? Maybe I am thinking of the M15x......

You could always try and install it and give it a go. Also, you should do all those tweaks in that video you posted about the Windows 7 Tweaks if you havent already. It could definitely improve the performance.


Yeah, it uses an Nvidia MCP79 chipset. I'll give it a try anyway, what can it hurt? I'll just create a restore point first, lol.

Which reminds me of something. If you guys with Win7 haven't used the "System Image" feature, you just have to get in on this. It's the best thing since sliced bread!! Way better than system restore, which never seems to work when you need it. This just backs up a full system image on a drive or cd, and you just stick it in your desk just in case you need it one day.

Anyway, back on topic. I'm going to do those tweaks too, and see if it makes a difference in performance. I know it did a little bit when I had the Raptors, but I think the biggest performance bump was with enabling write back cache with the Intel program.

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 Post subject: Re: M17x RAID array installed
 Post Posted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:19 am 
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JDookie wrote:

Which reminds me of something. If you guys with Win7 haven't used the "System Image" feature, you just have to get in on this. It's the best thing since sliced bread!! Way better than system restore, which never seems to work when you need it. This just backs up a full system image on a drive or cd, and you just stick it in your desk just in case you need it one day.



Thanks for the "tip" reminder. Comes in handy if a hard drive fails ;)

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 Post subject: Re: M17x RAID array installed
 Post Posted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 3:47 pm 
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Just a tip to anyone setting up RAID on a M17x, choosing a particular "stripe size" over the "Optimal" setting makes no difference at all, so just go with Optimal and let the system choose the stripe size. I tried both 128k and Optimal, and both perform *exactly* the same via HDTune.

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