Reply 100 of 118, by BitWrangler
Hoping wrote on 2023-01-30, 18:51:
The worst thing about AMD chipsets for AM2, I think it was the south bridge, the SATA interface always seemed slower to me than Intel chipsets, making the whole system seem slower, at the time the only solution I found was to use RAID 0 until SSDs became common and "affordable".
But it didn't surprise me either since I started using RAID 0 with an A7N8X deluxe and I could never stop using it until the advent of SSDs.
With an SSD, I can't find a difference between the AMD, Nvidia or Intel chipsets of the time, it may be seen in benchmarks, but I don't notice the difference that I did at the time.
Might be because desktop commodity spindle drives seem to flat spot at around 70MB/sec sustained for several years, only creeping a little higher, causing comment that there was little need for SATA 1, because single drives weren't even saturating ATA133, RAID 0 was the more economical way to go (like 2 $80 drives vs 1 $250 rocket ship that was only 20% faster) until SSD became bigger and cheaper. Anyway, you got the problem of CPU performance and RAM capacity quadrupling while the drives stayed more or less the same for the same period, and also going 32 to 64 bit didn't help. I think at first also more AMD were set up 64 bit, because AMD initiated it, and it was THE 64 bit implementation, if you particularly wanted 64bit you went for the original maybe, whereas Intel users both ore conservative in sticking with proven 32 bit and Intel, and having doubt if Intels EMT64 was a cheap imitation and not the real deal. Also there was some early confusion on the intel side as to whether the motherboards fully supported 64bit or not, that intel 64bit CPUs could be run on. So, AMD set up to 64 bit against intel on 32 bit would seem to be a tad more sluggish in i/o because 64bit software was a bit more bulky so more bits loaded vs 32bit version.
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