Think its just a cheap card? Im confused because almost every other benchmark, the speed starts to fall off towards the end, but mine was 26mb straight across, which leads me to believe it is being capped somehow. My laptop gets 44mb with the curve, its an 80gig 5400rpm.
what mobo do you have? PCI-X operates @ 133 MHz, but vanilla 32 bit PCI operates at only 33 MHz..
as far as the mode, change it in control panel and run a benchmark and then change it to something else. If you don't notice a difference then you probably found your problem..
those speeds are usually perfect world speeds and generally don't even come close to real world speeds. It's like if you were in a lab with ideal conditions and everything set up perfect with the planets aligned in a certain way then it'll go at that speed...
as far as where to change the settings.. I can't remember where it is in XP and I'm in Vista right now. I think it's somewhere in either the hard drive or disk controller properties. probably knows
Yeah its in the control panel and you uncheck a box that says automatic settings but it wouldnt allow me to uncheck the box or do anything, and there was no option for it under the RAID card in control panel or system. I know the perfect vs real world speeds, but if a perfect speed is 133MB, or 133 burst maybe, i dont think the real world would be as low as 26MB.
if it is a flat line, there is a bottleneck. i'm not exactly sure what your situation is, but i know if you did a benchmark like that on an external firewire or usb drive, you get the same sort of thing, at about 25MB/s