I did some benchmarking. I’m more than happy with the results though I am kind of wondering about something. I ran a benchmark program, and it came up with 40.25MBps (about 5.5 times faster than I was getting with 10/100). I then transfered a 1GB file and got 22MBps (about 3 times faster).
When I did the same with the old 10/100 setup, I was getting about 7.5MBps with the benchmark program, as well as with timed file transfers so I figured it was reasonably accurate. Is it possible that something else is the bottle neck? I found it kind of strange that zevia got about the same exact speed I did with a file transfer?
Fyi, I might have found part of the problem. I just benched the drive that was being written to (3 drive raid) and got
193MBps buffered write
169MBps sequential write
89MBps random write
I then tried to bench the drive that was being read from, and the test file was too fragmented for the benchmark to run, lol. I’ll defrag and try again. Its a single drive by the way (no raids in that computer but I may be setting one up soon, in fact the raid card is already installed).
On the switch, it was cheap (or basically free). For the nic, I got a linksys, which I noticed had a realtek chip. As it wasn’t that cheap (20$), and newegg has several including actual intel brand cards for about 25$, would I be better off getting another nic (I know it wont matter now but I’m thinking down the road if I got a better switch)?