I am inquiring to see if my slow rip speeds are normal or if anyone has advice as to how to speed them up. I have used the search and read all related threads, but none directly address my situation.
I am running OS X 10.5.6 on a MacPro with dual 3.2 GHz quad cores. The machine has 18 GB of Fully Buffered 800 Mhz DDR2 and two 64 GB SSD's in RAID 0 for the boot drive. A HighPoint RocketRAID 2314MS PCI-e controller is linked via an infiniband cable to a Habey DS-1220e enclosure. I have 6 Maxtor 7200 RPM 1TB drives in RAID 5 in the Habey enclosure. I typically run two virtual machines simultaneous in Parallels 4.0.3810 so that I can utilize multiple instances of AnyDVD HD. Each virtual machine is assigned 2.5 gig of ram (they are 32bit instances of XP, so that's about all they can address) and 4 cores. I rip off a Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive and a LiteOn DX-401S BluRay drive. Both are plugged directly into the back of the MacPro via USB 2.0 The virtual machines reside on the RAID 5 array and I rip to that array. My OS along with Parallels reside on the RAID 0 array, which is internal on the motherboards SATA 2 connectors. The RAID 0 array is not managed by a dedicated controller like the RAID 5 array is. I normally have Adium (chat program), Firefox, and Entourage (Mac version of Outlook) running in the background. I also typically run HandBrake to encode previously ripped files to H264 for the PS3. HandBrake scales across all 8 cores.
On average I am only achieving about 1.1-1.5 MB/s for each of the open instances of AnyDVD HD. Is this normal? Can I do anything to speed them up?