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    Starelementpoke reacted to minibois in Remember when the WAN show raided PlantyTime's stream? Here's how it affected her long-term.   
    So in short:


     
    Really interesting information!
    Although I would wager that a couple of variables played a factor in this success too. Of course with Luke and Luke's mother also appearing on the streams (as I have understood), there is already a 'grasping point' for people not familiar with PlantyTimes' stream.
    The raids are a good introduction, the cameos of well-known people (if you watch Linus, they are well-known) are a good reason to tune into more streams.
    But of course it being enojoyable content (I presume, I don't really watch live-streams + post-WAN show raids are not viable within my timezone) makes people stick around too.
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    Starelementpoke got a reaction from AntVenom in Bad / Slow NVMe RAID Write Speeds (Was fixed, is slow again)   
    I still want you in a scrapyard wars first XD
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    Starelementpoke got a reaction from Haro in Bad / Slow NVMe RAID Write Speeds (Was fixed, is slow again)   
    I still want you in a scrapyard wars first XD
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    Starelementpoke got a reaction from Origami Cactus in Bad / Slow NVMe RAID Write Speeds (Was fixed, is slow again)   
    I always forget you're on these forums XD
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    Starelementpoke got a reaction from AntVenom in Bad / Slow NVMe RAID Write Speeds (Was fixed, is slow again)   
    I always forget you're on these forums XD
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    Starelementpoke reacted to AntVenom in Bad / Slow NVMe RAID Write Speeds (Was fixed, is slow again)   
    10/22/2020 Update:
    The RAID has slowed down again, in exactly the same way as before. I'm guessing this means my previous "fix" was never a fix, but a band-aid caused by how the drives got formatted after their stripe sizes were changed... or something. I have since learned that AMD RAID drives don't support TRIM, which might have something to do with the slow-down in the first place. At this point, I believe there is a systematic issue with AMD based raids, and I will be putting this RAID onto a dedicated NVMe RAID card from this point forward.

    I'm making this post purely as an informational post that might wind up in various search results down the line. I've spent the better part of 2-3 weeks of consistent time trying to fix this issue, and have now resolved it. So let's get into it.

    In November of 2017, I swapped my system over from running an Intel i7 3960x to an AMD Threadripper 1950x. I did this for a few reasons, and one of those was the capability to create a bootable NVMe RAID. The idea of having a bootable drive that pulled 3500MBps Reads, 2000MBps writes really appealed to me, since I wanted a stupidly fast drive to run my video editing software from. In this case, I know IO/s are more important than raw speed, and NVMe delivers on that too.

    However, some time after getting the RAID-1 up and running, I noticed something very odd. While I was getting 3500MBps reads, I was only getting about 200-400MBps writes. For a while, I chalked it up to the RAID controller used within my ASUS Zenith Extreme motherboard being bad or something, even though my other 2 RAID-1's could pull their rated write speeds. One of those raids being around 300MBps, and the other being around 500MBps (which is faster than what my NVMe was doing at the time). After a little bit of tinkering, I gave up on it, and just ran my system with this flaw.
     

    A screenshot taken days before I fixed the issue. Getting above 300MBps w/ CrystalDiskMark was rare.

    Fast forward a couple years. At random times between then and now, I had tried to fix the issue, but was limited because I didn't want to be re-formatting my main OS drive every couple of days. However, last week, I finally got tired of the issue after finishing a networking upgrade to my house. I wanted this last little annoyance taken care of. I tried everything I could think of, and everything I had read online. I tried running the drives within every configuration of ports this motherboard offered. Both in the DIMM.2 slot; one in the DIMM.2 slot and the other in the slot behind the heatsink on the bottom right of the motherboard. One in an ASUS Hyper M.2 riser and the other in the DIMM.2 slot or the motherboard's slot. The write speeds remained around 200-400MBps, usually in the 300's. I ran an IO/s test the other day, before fixing this problem, and that was around 70,000 or so, very well short of the 370,000 this SAMSUNG 970 Pro NVMe SSD is capable of. The day before fixing this issue, I also speed-tested the drives individually, not in a RAID environment, and I got a solid 3500/2000 on both drives.

    I noticed that whenever I would do a file transfer within Windows, it WOULD report the drive was doing 1200MBps or so, however, Task Manager would show that the data was actually being very slowly written at about 100-200MBps. I tried a whole manner of different stress tests. What clued me into this problem being fixable was the fact that even though these drives are in a motherboard RAID-1, where Samsung's Magician software does NOT have direct access to the drives to update the firmware (and I checked while diagnosing, they are on the latest firmware), that software was able to push 1,200MBps writes to the drive. I had also tried enabling and disabling both Read Ahead and Write-Back caches, but that didn't change anything either. I tried disabling them too. No difference.  Sooooo okay. If ATTO, and CrystalDiskMark can't push beyond 400MBps to the drive, but Samsung's benchmark can, what gives?!
     
    I'm actually running 3 SSD based RAID-1's on my system. One for my OS (The NVMe one), one for my Programs / Games, and one to capture videos to for my day-to-day work (Since a LOT of data is written to it, I don't want to add unnecessary stress to my OS or Programs drive). The other day, at like 3am, while basically giving up and accepting that my NVMe drives were just going to run slowly, I did one last thing to the RAID when I rebuilt it for the last time. I set the stripe size of the NVMe RAID to 64KB, which matches the other 2 RAID's in my system. I had always ran a higher stripe size because I read SOMEWHERE that it helped with performance. While this may be true if it's the ONLY RAID on the controller, or if all RAID's have matching stripe sizes, this is what FIXED my problem.

    By setting the stripe size of my NVMe RAID-1 to match my other 2 RAID-1's, which in my case is 64KB, the write speeds of the NVMe RAID shot up from 200-400MBps all the way up to 1800+MBps, with Windows often reporting 2000MBps.

    Again, I made this thread JUST in case someone is experiencing a similar issue, googles for a solution, and stumbles across this. I obviously can't guarantee my fix will work for you, but if you're running multiple RAID's on a single controller with differing stripe sizes, and you're experiencing these sorts of speed issues, give this solution a try. Hope it works! And if you're curious, I am presently running the drives in an ASUS Hyper M.2 riser card so each drive has a proper PCIe 3 x4 lane. Some configuration of DIMM.2 + using the motherboards connector always caused one of the lanes to be x2. Plus, without a heat-sink, these drives thermal throttle QUITE fast. Fast enough to show up in the ATTO benchmark.


    A screenshot I just took. CrystalDiskMark never seems to be able to pull the full speed of the drive. Still, a LOT better than before.

     
    ATTO Disk Benchmark today w/ the drives in RAID-1, w/ matching stripe sizes to the other 2 RAID's I have.
    I increased the file size since that tended to provide more consistent results.
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    Starelementpoke got a reaction from ORIONMAINFRAME in New Video Topic   
    I'd assume it has similar negative effects as smoking, though I haven't done either so I wouldn't know. Either way, it probably wouldn't help.
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    Starelementpoke got a reaction from kelvinhall05 in Upgraded my PC after two years and gave it better aesthetics. Rate my PC!   
    Cable managed better than my PC that's for sure. Personally like the RGB off far more than on, but I'm a sucker for minimalist aesthetics. 
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    Starelementpoke got a reaction from Felixwaw in PC Build Request :)   
    PCPartPicker Part List: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/hRLKQq
    CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($259.75 @ Vuugo) 
    Motherboard: ASRock B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($109.05 @ Vuugo) 
    Memory: G.Skill Aegis 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($162.99 @ Newegg Canada) 
    Storage: Crucial BX500 120 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($35.75 @ Vuugo) 
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($69.99 @ Mike's Computer Shop) 
    Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT 6 GB MECH OC Video Card  ($389.00 @ Canada Computers) 
    Case: Rosewill TYRFING ATX Mid Tower Case  ($69.99 @ Newegg Canada) 
    Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply  ($129.99 @ Newegg Canada) 
    Monitor: BenQ GW2480 23.8" 1920x1080 60 Hz Monitor  ($159.99 @ Amazon Canada) 
    Keyboard: Redragon K551-RGB VARA Wired Standard Keyboard  ($54.99 @ Canada Computers) 
    Mouse: Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse Wired Laser Mouse  ($49.99 @ Amazon Canada) 
    Total: $1491.48
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-23 13:27 EDT-0400
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    Starelementpoke got a reaction from The_Lost_Uchiha in Want to build my first PC   
    If you want to keep it as cheap as possible, I'd recommend trying to source your local used market. 
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    Starelementpoke got a reaction from TylerLovekeeper in PC for the kiddo   
    If she's just 8 then it's unlikely any benefits from B550 will be tangible for her. Probably just set to go for it.
     
    PCPartPicker Part List: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/NdTYBZ
    CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3200G 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($127.17 @ Vuugo) 
    Motherboard: ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($71.78 @ Vuugo) 
    Memory: G.Skill Aegis 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($43.99 @ Newegg Canada) 
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case  ($59.75 @ Vuugo) 
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12III 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($59.99 @ Canada Computers) 
    Total: $362.68
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-15 09:51 EDT-0400
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    Starelementpoke got a reaction from ShrimpBrime in Will this work   
    No, the 6500 is a 6th gen. Board you got is meant for 8th gen ones. 
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    Starelementpoke got a reaction from Ben17 in How many GB do I need for a boot drive SSD   
    Min 120GB. If you have the money, get a 240GB one.
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    Starelementpoke got a reaction from Shadow27 in securly on chrome os how can i get past i   
    Run linux off a usb maybe? Can you do that?
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    Starelementpoke got a reaction from Arkinson in will Sapphire 8 gb gpu work with my 5I 4460 and asus z87 pro mobo   
    It'll be fine. Just make sure to uninstall the old drivers and reinstall the new ones
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    Starelementpoke got a reaction from Firewrath9 in will Sapphire 8 gb gpu work with my 5I 4460 and asus z87 pro mobo   
    It'll be fine. Just make sure to uninstall the old drivers and reinstall the new ones
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    Starelementpoke got a reaction from TechyBen in This Phone Can Play TWO GAMES at Once   
    First. And but can it run Crysis?
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    Starelementpoke reacted to dizmo in Price estimate   
    Check your local classifieds. Compare pricing. Price accordingly. Sell. Profit.
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    Starelementpoke got a reaction from r2724r16 in Thoughts on Build?   
    Seems fine. You could go with a Ryzen to be more cost effective, but looks fine. 
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    Starelementpoke got a reaction from TekkyTG in Building My First PC   
    Look on Reddit Hardware swap. Should find some good deals on there.
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    Starelementpoke got a reaction from LienusLateTips in PSU Tier List [OLD]   
    nu u
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    nu u
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    Starelementpoke got a reaction from theninja35 in Should I retake the ACT?   
    You Fool! Save yourself!
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    You Fool! Save yourself!
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