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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [01.26.04]
Manufactured by: DFI

Price on $180
Avg. Price for 875PE Mobos: $120-130

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HDD Tests

Hard drive testing was interesting with the Pro875B, because it includes an extra HDD controller (the one that supports RAID1.5). We will test a single drive on this controller, along with the regular PATA ICH5 controller. Unfortunately we aren't equipped with enough PATA drives to test RAID function!

Read burst speeds are perfectly in line with each other, as expected. This is totally limited by the drive itself. Let's move on to the Burst speeds, which may be different.

The Highpoint raid controller allows the single drive we tested to pull ahead of the rest of the Intel controllers in the Burst speed test. Of course, this doesn't indicate a heck of a lot, since it is ONLY the max capable speed, and not the overall read speed you'll see normally.

Random Access timings are pretty evenly matched, and again you can see the 1.5 controller helps out again.

Having an external controller significantly lowers the CPU usage rate, which is just awesome. So far we are seeing many reasons to use the HTP RAID controller, even if you don't plan on using RAID! Let's see what PCMark 04 indicates, since it uses actual real world tests to define performance.

The PCMark 04 Pro test is probably the most indicitave of what you would see in the real world, and here we see the RAID controller pull WAY ahead of the rest. This is probably because of the excellent CPU usage performance. Even if you have a single drive, I would still suggest that you use this controller. You have everything to gain, and nothing to lose (here's a tip - install Windows on the motherboard controller first, to avoid having to load RAID drivers from a floppy. When Windows is installed, install the drivers for the controller, then move your drive to that controller).

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