which RAID Card?

Deadringers

Member
there seems to be lot out there, some ranging from about £20 Lycom PE-103 x2 Port SATAII 3Gbps PCI-E Controller Card with NCQ - PC/MAC/Linux - Scan.co.uk
and then some which are about £400 or more which seem to generally have mini SAS connectors and built in Cache Memory. RocketRAID4311 - HighPoint RocketRAID 4311LF - Scan.co.uk

i think the ones with built in cache memory are a pretty cool idea (gf didnt seem to share my enthusiasm:confused:) and they all seem quite good..but are they worth it?
and will i see a benifit if i am using just two SSDs in RAID 0 by usin one of these expensive cards or would i be better off using the onboard raid controler of my MOBO? (dont talk to me about redundcy as i have an external HDD to back everything up to:) )

just a quick reminder of my system that i am putting together
price: about 2.5k
MOBO: Asus P6T6 WS Revolution, iX58, Sok 1366, PCI-E 2.0, Triple DDR3 1600(OC), SATA II, SATA RAID, ATX - Scan.co.uk
want it for performance, gaming, work such as photoshop and VB.net programming and C++

thanks in advance
 

drsuave

Active Member
well if you are just using RAID0 cache is not as important as with a RAID5 or 6 but you will be greatly effected by the I/Os the card can deal with.

I would say try with the m/board first and if not up to want you are looking for find a card with greater I/Os and a good processor.

Any card cheaper than 50- 100 pounds will be no better than the one on the m/board.
 

Lampshader

Active Member
adaptec are top iv'e got 1X 1420SA and 3X 1430SA and they have never let me down and they have their own bios also
 

Deadringers

Member
I would say try with the m/board first and if not up to want you are looking for find a card with greater I/Os and a good processor.

this is all well and good drsuave but i do not know what i am looking for really!! how will i know that the performance that my new PC is producing is just very fast and not limited by the HDD controlers?
 

jbloggs

Novice Member
how will i know that the performance that my new PC is producing is just very fast and not limited by the HDD controlers?

2 x SSDs in RAID0 are not enough to saturate the ICH10R interface; you will find absolutely no performance differance between 2 x SSDs in RAID0 on the ICH10R and any (true) hardware SATA RAID cont., as already stated, the hardware SATA RAID card is only needed when running a RAID5/6 setup, as it is the onboard processor (of the RAID card) that will do the parity calculation, rather than the CPU without using a hardware RAID cont.

I would say try with the m/board first

I would go with this suggestion...also make sure you do the recommended tweaks to get the best from your SSDs, you will find these tweaks on the OCZ Forum.
 

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