With Hyper-Threading support, dual-channel DDR memory, and RAID 0 capability, the 875P chipset platform is a marvel of multitasking scalability. So it stands to reason that the best way to test such a beast is by running it up against a series of demanding, multiprocess workloads. It was my hope that by emphasizing concurrency and performance under load we could more effectively simulate the kind of dynamic runtime scenarios that characterize the modern power user’s computing environment.
I began by executing a combined linear/parallel test package, using the OfficeBench Test Script and ADO/MAPI Stress workloads from the CSA Research Benchmark Studio testing platform (csaresearch.com). I then followed this up with a fully parallel scenario involving multiple database, workflow, and multimedia tasks running concurrently. Finally, I explored the impact of SATA RAID 0 striping by executing a pair of media processing (content decryption and transcoding) tests using the freeware DVD Decrypter and DVD Shrink utilities (downloads available at fileforum.com).
Worth noting were the media processing results, which showed approximately a 30 percent performance advantage for the RAID-enabled MPC and Gateway systems versus the single disk HP solution. Anyone working with large files and/or heavily disk I/O bound applications will want to take a hard look at SATA RAID.