Fastest DVDROM Throughput - Onboard IDE, PCI IDE Card, or PCI-X Card
Posted on 2006-07-06
I am going to be doing a lot of ripping and burning. I have a server that I am going to put 4 DVD Drives into. What would the fastest solution be. I would like to be able to rip 2 and burn 2 at the same time if at all possible. I will be putting the files onto 5-Maxtor 200GB 7200RPM Drives in a Raid 3 array, so drive space and speed shouldn't be my bottleneck.
The following slots are open for use
2 - IDE Onboard
1 - PCI Slot(would not be available if I put in the card below
2 - 64-bit/66MHz PCI-X
1 - 2 port 133 MHz IDE Card(it's cheap card, but still works :)
questions I need answered are:
1. Is using the 2 port IDE card going to be faster, or slower than the onboard IDE
2. Should I run all four drives off of the onboard, or run all four off the card, or 2 Drives onboard, and 2 drives off the card?
3. Would I benefit from buying a 4 port 64-bit/66MHz PCI-X IDE Card.