13 February 2009

Atom HDD performance is OK

I measured HDD performance, using HD Tune 2.55 (free edition). I was quite positively surprised. Average read speed 70 MB/s is more than enough for any kind of HD streaming, large .MKV copying and .RAR unpacking. Anyway, bottleneck is Gigabit Ethernet, allowing max 40-50 MB/s throughput.
Speed is about the same, what I had 2 wears ago, using RocketRaid PCI RAID controller and 2 x 250 GB HDD-s. Not bad. What surprised me most, was very low CPU usage, what shows good chipset.

My Atom server configuration:
  • Intel Atom 230 1,6 GHz CPU;
  • Intel 945GC/ICH7 chipset;
  • RAM 2 GB (1 SIMM);
  • HDD 1 TB Western Digital;
  • Intel PRO 1000 Gigabit LAN card;
  • Windows XP x32 SP3;
  • TwonkyServer media streaming
Soon I add another 1 TB HDD, HD movies will fill 1 Tera quite quickly.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this.

This is so far the only bit of performance testing of storage on the Atom platform.