QUOTE(guy_iti @ 07/27/06, 12:56 PM) [snapback]243586[/snapback]
One comment though, at least on PC, the bandwith given for PCI is a shared one (meaning shared between all PCI devices), and the 120 Mb/s are very difficult to reach. I have the problem right now with a 4 drives RAID array on a promise PCI controller, and the output is lower than with a single SATA drive.
The G5 and most highend pc motherboards will have 2 pci busses so you don't saturate a single one. Also like most PC's these days, besides the video card, everything else is onboard and done through the main controler. So your not wasting pci slots on sound, firewire, usb, etc...
The thing is it sounds like a driver issue if 1 drive is faster then 4. Either that or you have all your pci slots full. Are you striping the drives or simply spanning them?(big difference).
I have used a g5 with an 4 drive sata raid and a kona hd card which captures 125 mb/sec 1080p footage and saves it to the array. So I know it won't be a problem getting those speeds on the G5. I don't see why it would be any different on the pc unless it is a really bad motherboard or bad drivers. The technology on both are exactly the same.