Why is AMD settings so difficult?

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EL_Gato
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Well I must confess its only a AM2+ Phenom II 3.0ghz x4 cpu in a BIOstar Motherboard, but I was trying to optimize my friends PC as much as possible. The turn out was very frustrating because one my friend has his monitors in Portrait mode meaning I have to tilt my head 90 degrees to read it, 2 the Raid 0 Configurations were atrocious and capped and in conclusion running 2 5400rpm 1tb HDD in Raid 0 with a Capacity of 1.25 only gives me about an average of 66 mb/s.

I gotta say I'm a little disappointing, maybe I'm doing something wrong. But his 8gb DDR2 800 (Which is apparently 1066 but won't run stably on his system. Maybe the voltages need to be tweaked.)

Even my Alienware m11x R2 500 hybrid hdd runs at an Average of 88 mb/s and it's only a low voltage duo core.

Does anyone have better results and experiences with AMD?

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Biostar is a cheap brand of motherboard. 66mb/s is rather slow, maybe a bad strip size? Perhaps a Bios update is need and the windows chipset drivers updated.

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The capped RPM at 5400 could also be due to the harddrives themselves, because I don't think it's possible for the BIOS to slow a 7200RPM drive down to 5400. So the drives are probably just 5400RMP drives.

As for the RAM, 800MHz is a standard setting for DDR2. To get them at 1066 use all the settings they are rated for, you can find those on the sticker on the sticks themselves or at the manufacturers' website. You need to set at least the voltage right, and maybe also the timings (something like 5-5-5-15) if they don't automatically adjust to that.

By the way, BIOS settings can always be a little confusing since mobo manufacturers sometimes name things differently, and Intel is no better at that because they have whole different names for settings as well, so that's a whole other jungle to wade through. So it's more like BIOstar is to blame for your confusion, though they make BIOSes with lots of options which is really nice for tuning. Take some time with it and you'll find the settings you need :).

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Bios updates, driver updates, system tweaks, utilities checks, manual timings - you name it I checked it. He had his drivers from 2008, latest are from 2010 thankfully. They at least had some good tech support. Manually setting DDR2 timings, man I really gotta get my hands dirty with this one.

2 1tb Striped at 128 - Rodney said that'd make the best result.