Ok, for one thing on the PCI slots, there seems to be no way to get them to run with 0 wait states. The experiments I did showed they will run with 1 wait state no matter what. The same PCI Sata raid card/raid stripe set plugged into the a8ae-le showed 60mb/s, peak 63. Taking that components as a set and dropping them into another mobo that did allow pci wait state control took the set to 100mb/s. There are strings in the bios for '0 ws' but nothing to select them. Queries I sent to ATI and HP went un-answered on the wait state issue.
Second thing, is your pci raid card 66mhz capable? Using pcimon or sandra show the bus running at 33, even though the sata card I have tellsl the system they can go at 66.
I do agree with the ideas on your storagereview thread, looks like the drives are doing udma33. As far as your onboard ide ports go, there are bios choices for that, they start with IDE and are hidden in the stock bios. Are your settings set to 'Auto' or are you trying to force a mode?
Good to see you again old friend
So your saying there's no way to improve the preformance of my Raid Array on this Mobo.
Here is an output of the PCI info from SiSandra:
Device Type : RAID Disk Controller
Device ID : bus 2, device 8, function 0
Windows Device Name : LSI Logic MegaRAID i4 IDE RAID Controller
OEM Device Name : American Megatrends Inc 80960RP i960RP Microprocessor
OEM Hardware ID : FUN_0, VEN_101E, DEV_1960, REV_02
Device Name : Dell Computer Corp 80960RP i960RP Microprocessor
Product ID : VEN_1028, DEV_0511
Revision : A / 3 (2)
Power Management Features
Version : 2.00
Supports Clock Slow-down : Yes
Supports D1 PM State : No
Supports D2 PM State : No
Supports PME# : No
Supports PME Clock : No
Line Cache Size : 8 byte(s)
Latency Timer : 64 clk
I/O port resources : No
Memory resources : Yes
Bus Master Capable : Yes
Special Cycle Recognition : No
Memory Write & Invalidate : No
VGA Palette Snoop : No
Parity Error Response : No
Address/Data Stepping : No
System Error Line : No
Fast back-to-back Transactions : No
Detects Parity Errors : No
Supports System Error Line : No
Supports Parity Line : No
User Defined Format : No
66MHz Bus Support : No
New Capability List : Yes
Device Select Timing : Medium
Multi-Function Device : No
Header : 00
Interface : 00
Memory Range : FDEF0000
Irq. No. : 16
INT Pin : A#
Expansion ROM : FDCC0000
Dynamic Management : Yes
Also I've updated the StorageReview thread since you last read it (Check it out
when you get a chance)... I found out that the cables I was using to connect the HD's directly to the Mobo's IDE controller were too long... I swapped them out and got UDMA Mode 5.
But I also swapped the cables on my RAID controller card, and I am still seeing the same LAME preformance... I assume due to this PCI restriction. Is there anything we can do?
Modding the BIOS etc... ?
Thanks for all your help WhyDoThis... I owe you huge... you name it