1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 28, 2012 9:23 PM by JEShort01

    Comments on HDD setup for P9X79WS build?


      For testing with the PPBM5 benchmark my build is set up as follows:


      Asus P9X79WS


      Noctua NH-D14 cooler

      2 kits of 4x4 F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL GSkill Ripjaws (DDR3-1600, CL9-9-9-24)

      GTX 570 HD (2.5GB GDDR5)

      120GB SSD for my OS

      3 x 1Tb Caviar Blacks for everything,including Pagefile

      A very sparse Windows7 Pro SP1 installation (I wonder if I could use the smaller version without the media support??)

      All of Harm's Windows tweaks - no anti-virus, disconnected from internet after downloads

      Premiere Pro (6.0.1) and Adobe Media Encoder ( from Adobe's cloud


      I ran a few PPBM5 runs with 16Gb of RAM and then put in the second set - started up without a hitch even tho the new kit was way newer and even has a different physical setup. I was even able to squeak the new sticks in underneath the Noctua cooler by taking out one of the fans temporarily.


      The PPBM scores went from 44, 119, 64, 46/5 to 44, 75, 52, 4 without any overclocking.


      I've been trying out various overclocking modes - nothing I can do will let me operate with a 48 multiplier, yet I am quite stable at a 4.7 OC with the RAM set to 1600 and with my CPU Vcore Voltage in Offset mode set at +0.200


      That gets my scores to 37, 71, 44, 60/4 which I am very happy with! And I am enormously grateful to Harm, Bill and all of those who take the time to answer questions in this Forum - and to those who ask the questions that many of the rest of us have as well.


      My next step is to quit playing with the machine and put it to work converting my HD DSLR footage (Canon 5DMarkII) to short videos (5min or less).

      This means I will have to come to grips with deciding how to set up my disk system for operations vs for benchmarking.


      I'll keep the 3-disk AID0 but I also have:

      one Velociraptor 600 Gb, 6Gb/s;

      one Hitachi 2Tb, 6Gb/s;

      one SSD of 60Gb, and

      one SSD of 90GB.

      I also have a separate external back-up system and

      an external Blu-Ray burner.


      I'm thinking of using:

      The 120 Gb SSD with my OS on one of the  Intel 6Gb/s ports

      The 600 Gb Velociraptor on the other 6Gb/s port for pagefile, renders, media cache

      the 3 Caviar Blacks in AID0 on the 3Gb/s Intel ports for projects, media

      the Hitachi (to do a daily back-up of the AID0) on the fourth 3Gb/s port

      the 60 Gb SSD as an external clone of my OS drive.

      that leaves the two Marvell ports to play with and I would try out the SSD cache using the 90Gb SSD with the Velociraptor and then with the Hitachi.

      After I see where my bottlenecks are, using some of my actual footage as my personal benchmark, I will consider another Velociraptor to create a Raid 0 on the Marvell ports, or another Caviar Black for a 4-disk Intel Raid 0.

      And if I still think I need more speed, I will make the jump to an Areca raid controller.


      The PPBM5 benchmark was a great tool and if the #6 version is available soon, I would certainly use that to help zero in on the best configuration.


      I also plan to back off on the overclock multiplier by running some additional tests and also looking at using a negative offset mode.


      I haven't used the warp stabilizer in PP yet, but I understand it slows everything down, so that will be one of the factors. Is the stabilizer dependent on clock speed, ram, disk I/O??


      Any criticism, comments, suggestions from any of the forum moderators/readers will be more than welcome.



        • 1. Re: Comments on HDD setup for P9X79WS build?
          JEShort01 Level 4





          You have worked hard to select a strong build and tuned the system well. Your system seems to perform VERY well and you certainly have not broken the bank to get to that level.


          I just checked PPBM5's site and your are #2 on the CS6 list performance board. So, I don't think that you need to do much else; it is time to put the PC to work! Also agree PPBM5 is a great tool - thanks Harm and Bill!!!


          Regarding the Areca, I don't think that it would get you much more speed unless you added more drives. I do love having mine, but it is more for the security of the redundant parity RAID protecting me from any data loss if a single drive were to die.


          And finally, I can't imagine not being on the www; you should probably get a good virus protection and get back on. I would not expect that with as much CPU power and RAM as you have that virus protection (set up correctly) would impact you performance in any noticeable way.