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PROMISE EX4650 + 4x WD RE2-GP 1TB

Introduction


Promise Technology recently launched a new set of SAS/ATA RAID controllers, some of which we've already reviewed.  Those were the Fast Trak TX2650/4650 PCIe 1x cards.  Here, we take a closer look at their small forward, heavy hitter indeed, the SuperTrak EX 4650.  This particular unit has four internal ports through one mini-SAS connector. 

The testbed used is comprised of the following components:

Manufacturer's specifications of the EX4650:

Under the hood the EX4650 has a 667MHz Intel processor, 128MB of DDR2 memory, and a hardware XOR engine to offload RAID parity calculations from the CPU. 

The operating system is Windows XP Professional 64-bit Edition.  We will be testing with a couple different types of hard drives.  The following pages will show the specific makes and models ...


     
  1.  Introduction NEXT: Test Results
  2.  Test Results  
  3.  Conclusion  
     
 

 



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