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Old 22nd September, 2003, 09:20 PM
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Angry hard drive read & write speed!!

new to all this,can anyone explain why when i used a 120gb ata133 drive on my last mobo(asus 4S8X4),on primary ide ata100,i got constant read/write speeds of 43/44MBS.just got this supposedly better epox 4PCA3+ board,and get 46/47MBS readings if using the primary ata 100 IDE,but if i use the drive on the ata 133 primary highpoint controller it runs like a limping slug.....i get read speed of 7490Kbs and write speed of 4631Kbs..?????I use canopus raptest ver 2.0.tried bios twiddling,(the lastest bios for this board i have installed and everything runs perfick....the onboard LAN is fine too, as i have read some folk are getting bsod). I cant see why it runs so slow on the controller.The highpoint bios sees the drive as ATA133,and i have only got a 15 gb primary partition on it.AS i have 3 more drives to attach as primaries on the other 133 controllers im a bit cheesed off......any ideas you knowledgable folk!!!!
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Old 22nd September, 2003, 10:42 PM
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The nvidia IDE drivers suck. I got fed up with this and bought a separate IDE controller... do a search - people all have various suggestions to remedy this issue. Personally, I couldn't get any of them to work - maybe you'll be luckier.
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Old 23rd September, 2003, 02:42 AM
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You haven't stated which Highpoint drivers you are using, but I seem to remember a major performance issue with one of their releases.

The Highpoint software that comes with the board is at V3.01 –these are NOT the latest, so try V3.0.3.616 or later from Highpoint at
www.highpoint-tech.com/usaindex.htm
Note this is BOTH BIOS and drivers.
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Old 23rd September, 2003, 09:23 AM
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The nvidia IDE drivers suck. I got fed up with this and bought a separate IDE controller... do a search - people all have various suggestions to remedy this issue. Personally, I couldn't get any of them to work - maybe you'll be luckier.
If you had read his post carefuly you would have seen that getting Nvidia IDE drivers to work on an INTEL 875 chipset is kinda impossible.

This is about the onboard highpoint raid controller of the 4pca3+ mainboard wich i also got some problems with.
My western digital 800JB + 1200JB wil also slow down and i never got any fix for that.
Installing the newest highpoint drivers didnt work for me just like installing the intell raid aplication accelerator so i just put them back on the onboard ide controller wich works fine.
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Old 23rd September, 2003, 12:27 PM
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thanks chaps....but no sucess.i was using the high point 3.01drivers,and have now installed the 3.03 versions,no change at all to the read/write scenario.As you stated it runs ok on the primary ata 100,gonna call epox uk and moan(my previuos asus board ran faster,but only has 2 IDE 133 connections in total).this board certainly aint what it is cracked up to be.Going on your thoughts i take it that trying to raid discs is a waste of time on this board???WHAT a bargain buy!!!
thanks for your replies...i will keep you posted?
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Nikserof - it sounds like the issue might be with the Highpoint controller. Unfortunately, if this is the case, you might find that other boards with the same Highpoint controller operate as poorly, especially if it's an issue with Highpoint.
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I use the highpoint on my 4pca3+ in raid 0 mode and get 80meg/s + on read perf dont know about write i havent tried (on hdtach)
Check that both parts of the driver as highpoint and that m$ hasn't tried to muscle in on it (tends to take over the rcm device which should be in scsi and raid devices, but can be found in system devices if m$ gets its way. From my experience highpoint devices are faster than there native onboard counterparts. But then it was allways one level newer (133 instead of 100 on the epox and 100 instead of 66 on my old kt7)

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