Synchronous Data transfer!

I'm gonna buy a UW scsi drive soon...
can someone explain when you attain synchronous data
   transfer
can the 40 MB/s rates only be attained while copying to mem?
also...is it safe to enable write caching?

thanks
Chris
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j2Connect With a Mentor Commented:
40MB/S is an THEORETICAL value. i got a IBM DORS 2.1GB UWSCSI/3 drive, running with a AHAH2940UW controller.. and it gives about 4-6MB/sec.. 40MB/sec is the rate data is shuffled from the disks to the onboard cache ram on the disk. Write caching is safe if you can guarantee that the system wont fail (power failure etc etc)
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hirbyfamAuthor Commented:
ah yes the DORS - Ultrastar ES
I'm gonna get the Ultrastar 2ES 4.3 I think - DCAS
and use a Tekram DC390F controller

thanks for answering

Chris
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j2Commented:
still... dont expect anywhere NEAR 40MB/sec, 40MB/sec is the theoretical max speed of the UWSCSI bus
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hirbyfamAuthor Commented:
well yeah...
I'm interested in media streaming speeds, and sustained
   rates
I think zdnet needs to do an ultraSCSI drive test comparing
   sustained rates, even between different partitions
cuz that is mainly what I'm interested in...

cyas
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j2Commented:
well, then the Ultrastar is a good choice.. altough the Cheetah II vaporizes it.
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hirbyfamAuthor Commented:
what about the Ultrastar 9ZX!
10,020 rpm
6.3 ms seek
17.x meg/sec minimum sustained
!!!!!!!
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j2Commented:
havent seen any benchmarks from an independant source yet.. but it is clearly intended as a "Cheetah killler"
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