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Right now I'm using the onboard RAID for my RAID 1 array, but my SSD has taken a speed hit after switching to RAID from AHCI mode(-80MB/s read). I'm looking for a PCI card that supports SATA II in RAID 1. I'll only need two internal ports as I don't plan on running more than two HDDs. would like to keep it under $100 if possible.
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If you really mean a PCI card, as opposed to PCI Express, hit eBay - you'll find a Silicon Image-based controller for about $10, brand new.
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If you really mean a PCI card, as opposed to PCI Express, hit eBay - you'll find a Silicon Image-based controller for about $10, brand new.
even if he wants a PCIe card he can still get a 2 port SI card for $10 or so.

But I'm not sure why your system has taken a hit when switching from AHCI to RAID - they should be exactly the same as far as your non-RAID drives are concerned.
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even if he wants a PCIe card he can still get a 2 port SI card for $10 or so.
True, but have you seen the prices of the 4 port PCIe SATA cards? Completely disproportionate.
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True, but have you seen the prices of the 4 port PCIe SATA cards? Completely disproportionate.
yep - same with the PCI-X cards. Which is even more annoying, since they use almost exactly the same silicon as the PCI cards, but with 66MHz and 64-bit interface capability. But as no dodgy Chinese manufacturer has bothered making knockoff versions of them they cost 10 time more.

Which is annoying, as my PE 750 could do with a few more SATA ports and PCI just won't cut it...
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