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CPU-----G31 Chipset-----ICH7-----HDDs | | | | | | | | | | PCIe x16 PCIe x1
One more question: Suppose I'm dumping a bunch of data from a client computer onto the hard drives. Would the data pass from the PCIe slot to the CPU, then back from the CPU to the hard drives? Or does the data go straight from the PCIe slot to the Hard Drives? I know very little about DMA and such, so I'm not sure exactly how the data passes through.
And I realize that at the end of the day these configuration changes would probably not make any noticable change in the performance on the server. I just thought I'd ask