Have just had a new HP DL380 G6 server set up.
This has a SmartArray P410i controller and seven 2.5" 146Gb SAS 10k RPM disks, configured as three RAID1 arrays and a floating hot spare.
Problem: I did a disk performance test on the drives using DiskMark and got a really LOW performance figure: 167MB/sec read, 74MB/sec write.
Compare this with a two-year old Dell PERC5i (our current server) - this has a RAID1 array of two 66Gb SAS 10K drives - DiskMark rates this at 706MB/sec read and 622MB/sec write.
I've searched for drivers and bios on HP site not found any (except for drive spec changes).. Firmware on controller reports 1.62 and Windows x64 driver is version 126.96.36.199
Any suggestions? or is the HP SmartArray controller a dog with fleas?