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I have a DELL PE2950 III 2x 3.0GHz Quad Core 32GB RAM.

The card is a Perc 6i SAS dual channel Raid controller w/256mb of cache and BB. The hard disks are

  • 5 x 146GB 15k 3G SAS dell drives ST3146855SS working independent

testing with hdparm I see the following:

 Timing cached reads:   3858 MB in  2.00 seconds = 1930.17 MB/sec
 Timing buffered disk reads: 378 MB in  3.01 seconds = 125.39 MB/sec
 Timing cached reads:   3582 MB in  2.00 seconds = 1792.46 MB/sec
 Timing buffered disk reads: 374 MB in  3.01 seconds = 124.06 MB/sec*

But with a desktop computer with 7.2k seagate baracuda I see:

 Timing cached reads:   12050 MB in  2.00 seconds = 6028.07 MB/sec
 Timing buffered disk reads: 418 MB in  3.01 seconds = 138.93 MB/sec*

So the question Why do I have so low speed?

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closed as not constructive by mdpc, Dave M, RobM, Ward, Khaled Jan 23 '13 at 7:42

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On the "desktop computer" you don't mention its configuration. Specific information on OS is not provided making analysis problematic. – mdpc Jan 22 '13 at 21:27
Did you clear the internal buffer cache before EACH test? Not doing this can generate misleading values in hdparam. – mdpc Jan 22 '13 at 21:28
Timing cached reads should also be ignored. That's purely benchmarking your system's memory and not the actual drive. – kormoc Jan 22 '13 at 21:31

The sustained read specification for this drive is 125MB/s You're getting 124-125MB/s. So you're right where you should be.

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The Barracudas have a higher sustained transfer rate due to their higher areal density but also a slightly higher latency due to their lower spin rate (it takes longer for the data to "come around" to the head).

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