Testbed Setup

By Loyd Case  |  Posted 2004-05-25 Print this article Print

We used our standard storage testbed, which consists of a 3GHz Pentium 4 (Northwood) running on an Asus P4C800-E Deluxe motherboard (875P chipset). Heres the complete configuration:
Component Asus P4C800-E System (DDR400)
CPU 3.0GHz Pentium 4 (800MHz FSB), Hyper-Threading Enabled
Motherboard and Chipset Asus P4C800E, Intel 875P chipset
Memory 2 x 256MB Kingmax DDR400 memory, running in dual-channel DDR400 mode, CAS2.5-3-3 timings
Graphics ATI Radeon 9800 (non-Pro), Catalyst 4.4 drivers
Hard Drive Western Digital WD-1200JB 120GB Ultra ATA 100
Audio Sound Blaster Audigy Gamer
Ethernet Intel Integrated (CSA)
Operating System Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 1 installed
We ran Neros CD/DVD-Speed utility (2.21 version) to test write performance on a variety of different media types. We also tested DVD-ROM performance and digital audio extraction. We tested write performance by actually burning a data disc using DVD-Speeds create data disc capability. (Note: These are not simulated tests. The generated disc is a mix of file sizes.) DVD-ROM performance was tested using the Microsoft DVD Test Annex disc, which is a 6.44GB, dual layer DVD. Digital audio extraction was tested using a synthetic audio CD generated by Neros DVD/CD-Speed tool.

Loyd Case came to computing by way of physical chemistry. He began modestly on a DEC PDP-11 by learning the intricacies of the TROFF text formatter while working on his master's thesis. After a brief, painful stint as an analytical chemist, he took over a laboratory network at Lockheed in the early 80's and never looked back. His first 'real' computer was an HP 1000 RTE-6/VM system.

In 1988, he figured out that building his own PC was vastly more interesting than buying off-the-shelf systems ad he ditched his aging Compaq portable. The Sony 3.5-inch floppy drive from his first homebrew rig is still running today. Since then, he's done some programming, been a systems engineer for Hewlett-Packard, worked in technical marketing in the workstation biz, and even dabbled in 3-D modeling and Web design during the Web's early years.

Loyd was also bitten by the writing bug at a very early age, and even has dim memories of reading his creative efforts to his third grade class. Later, he wrote for various user group magazines, culminating in a near-career ending incident at his employer when a humor-impaired senior manager took exception at one of his more flippant efforts. In 1994, Loyd took on the task of writing the first roundup of PC graphics cards for Computer Gaming World -- the first ever written specifically for computer gamers. A year later, Mike Weksler, then tech editor at Computer Gaming World, twisted his arm and forced him to start writing CGW's tech column. The gaming world -- and Loyd -- has never quite recovered despite repeated efforts to find a normal job. Now he's busy with the whole fatherhood thing, working hard to turn his two daughters into avid gamers. When he doesn't have his head buried inside a PC, he dabbles in downhill skiing, military history and home theater.

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