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Looking for a RAID5 4-port SATA controller. PCI or PCIe, doesn't matter. I want to load up 4 1TB Samsung F3 drives onto it...

What's the cheapest controller that isn't a piece of crap and won't bottleneck the drives while using RAID5? Also, needs to be compatible with Server 2008. Also, needs to have a Windows interface.
Edited by SgtSpike - 8/8/11 at 11:30am
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I'm not terribly familiar with dedicated RAID controller options, but I do know that your criteria automatically rule out plain PCI controllers. A 32-bit 33MHz slot will bottleneck even one good 7200rpm drive.

PCI-E 4x (1.1) or maybe 1x (if 2.0+) is the lowest speed interface you should be looking at for four F3s.
Edited by Blameless - 8/8/11 at 11:05am
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This is a decent card for your setup. The good thing with 3ware is that they have a web based feature you can add or delete an array through the web. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816116042
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I'm not terribly familiar with dedicated RAID controller options, but I do know that your criteria automatically rule out plain PCI controllers. A 32-bit 33MHz slot will bottleneck even one good 7200rpm drive.

PCI-E 4x (1.1) or maybe 1x (if 2.0+) is the lowest speed interface you should be looking at for four F3s.
Thanks for the heads up. I wasn't sure if PCI would bottleneck it or not, so that's good to know.

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This a decent card for your setup. The good thing with 3ware is that they have a web based feature you can add or delete an array through the web. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816116042
Yikes! That's a bit spendy.... nothing cheaper? I don't need a fancy web interface, as this will pretty much be a set-and-forget deal. Unless a drive dies, then I want to replace it and the software automatically do the rest, in Windows.
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I don't have any PCI-X slots.
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Here is the raid controller I use

Highpoint Rocketraid 2300

Works great. I bought mine from a user on OCN a few years back and has been working flawlessly since then. The only complaint I have is lack of control of the array while inside of windows (the software that can be downloaded doesn't work for me) But other then that it works great, easy to setup and is quick.

I highly recommend it. And since it's only 120$ on newegg it's definitely one of the better buys as well.
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This might be a better match -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816115094

Checked some reviews and the performance, while not first class, is not bad, and CPU utilization is low in RAID 5.
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I don't have any PCI-X slots.

Then your option will be PCI-e HBA cards even if you have PCI, because PCI is very slow for your drives.
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Oh I forgot to mention it also does RAID0/1/5/10
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