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scottg26

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VIA SATA RAID Drivers
« on: 10-December-03, 16:04:37 »

ok i have on seagate 120gb sata drive, and i installed the latest via sata raid drivers that came out yesterday. performance is the same (im not using raid) but now device manager identifies the drive as a SCSI drive, lol, have no idea why. is this normal?
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« Reply #1 on: 10-December-03, 16:32:14 »

the Via SATA sucks, I've installed winxp using both controllers, the VIA's max bandwidth was 28mbs/sec and the promise blisters away at 50mbs/sec!

This was tested using sisoft file system benchies.

I couldn't find the new drivers for the SATa that you're talking about, but if they are new, I may just give them a shot. You think it would be faster since its riding on that V-Link
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scottg26

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« Reply #2 on: 10-December-03, 17:11:55 »

here is the link to the drivers, released yesterday

http://www.viaarena.com/?PageID=310

since im not using raid, only SATA i have no idea if im supposed to install these. but maybe it helps anyway.

since promise has to go through the PCI bus wouldn't it be slower?
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Superslow

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« Reply #3 on: 11-December-03, 14:40:09 »

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here is the link to the drivers, released yesterday

http://www.viaarena.com/?PageID=310

since im not using raid, only SATA i have no idea if im supposed to install these. but maybe it helps anyway.

since promise has to go through the PCI bus wouldn't it be slower?

the Via V-Link only supports up to 2x which is 133mb/sec same as the pci bus max bandwidth.

Regardless PCI bandwidth is shared with all PCI devices so the V-Link should be faster, but for some reason (I think because of the drivers) the Via SATA is MUCH slower.

But thanks for the link
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scottg26

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« Reply #4 on: 13-December-03, 20:05:04 »

so i was right to install it, right?
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« Reply #5 on: 15-December-03, 03:07:23 »
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  • Yes, good idea to install the new drivers. It's Sandra that's unreliable, not VIA. If you look back through these forums you'll see lots of advice to ignore the misleading results from Sandra.
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    « Reply #6 on: 15-December-03, 04:02:39 »

    even the review sites are saying that sandra is irrelevant, lol :)
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