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In other words if I set the controller in RAID mode and use this 2 HDDs in RAID0, and stick additional single drive (SSD), all the "advanced" functions of AHCI will work?
Is marvell controller working properly with SSDs? Cos I think I have seen at few places that it is better not to use it for SSD drives cos It's "slower" and has more bugs?
cheers.
edit: what about setting these 2 HDDs in RAID. should I do it from BIOS/DOS (is that even possible on this board/chipset?) or from inside windows using intel program (never tried this option in my life).
edit2: hm, actually I don't think creating RAID in OS is smart (if even possible) cos that would meen that the array is working only when inside OS which means if OS corrupts everything is gone?

When you change the bios settings to raid, it will load the onboard controller's raid function, and it will pop up just after the boot screen and there should be a key combo to get in and configure the drives you want in which flavor of raid you want.

Setting up raid in windows works, but isn't the best way to go.
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When you change the bios settings to raid, it will load the onboard controller's raid function, and it will pop up just after the boot screen and there should be a key combo to get in and configure the drives you want in which flavor of raid you want.

yeah I remembered now that it's the same in my current system.
But i didn't know that when you pisk RAID mode in BIOS you can still have AHCI for "single" drives on the same controller.
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Setting up raid in windows works, but isn't the best way to go.

I agree on this, I would/will avoid this option.

I see that I have alot of reading to do before setting this system but luckly I have 2 months before my i5 gets here :-).
I'm currently at page 132 of this thread tongue.gif. been reading for the last 2 days whenever I get some free time thumb.gif.

cheers
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I thought by now that everyone knows raid destroys hard drives... Ssd or not...

can I get and explanation for this.
cos I'm planning to use RAID on my 2x320gb Samsung F1 drives. I'm using RAID0 (on-board controllers) for the past 10 years thru multiple mainboards/chipsets (AMD) and never had a drive/mainboard/array failing on me. I don't want to even consider running the main drive(s) for games/programs without RAID0.
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can I get and explanation for this.
cos I'm planning to use RAID on my 2x320gb Samsung F1 drives. I'm using RAID0 (on-board controllers) for the past 10 years thru multiple mainboards/chipsets (AMD) and never had a drive/mainboard/array failing on me. I don't want to even consider running the main drive(s) for games/programs without RAID0.
cheers.

No idea what that person was referring to, but i've had various raid setups (both personal and professional) for over 10yrs as well and never had drives "destroyed" by raid. sure, drives fail. with raid, or not, they fail. is there a higher fail rate for drives in raid? not that i've seen.
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can I get and explanation for this.
cos I'm planning to use RAID on my 2x320gb Samsung F1 drives. I'm using RAID0 (on-board controllers) for the past 10 years thru multiple mainboards/chipsets (AMD) and never had a drive/mainboard/array failing on me. I don't want to even consider running the main drive(s) for games/programs without RAID0.
cheers.

Maybe he had a bad experience but I see nothing wrong with RAID at all, I would do it if I had two harddrives but right now I have 1 ssd and 2 drives for games/storage. My bro uses 1 ssd for OS and games/steam folder on RAID and has not had any problem with it. Like with everything with RAID depending on what setup there is always that risk of failure but that goes with every hardware but with storage drives theres also that risk of losing data permanently but aside from the known risks there isnt anything wrong with it just make sure they're known reliable drives or have a 0 + 1 if you have important stuff.
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Maybe he had a bad experience but I see nothing wrong with RAID at all, I would do it if I had two harddrives but right now I have 1 ssd and 2 drives for games/storage. My bro uses 1 ssd for OS and games/steam folder on RAID and has not had any problem with it. Like with everything with RAID depending on what setup there is always that risk of failure but that goes with every hardware but with storage drives theres also that risk of losing data permanently but aside from the known risks there isnt anything wrong with it just make sure they're known reliable drives or have a 0 + 1 if you have important stuff.

I agree. RAID can fail, but so can a single drive. I never in my computer life (for the past 15 years) had a failing single drive or RAID0 array. I know the dangers and I use this RAID0 for installed programs and games and keep separate backup for important stuff so if it fails I don't loose important stuff. personally I don't even want to try non-RAID0 system cos the benefits for me are great at no additional expense cos all todays main-boards have RAID controllers.
I'm just hopping I can get all the combinations I mentioned in the previous posts, get to work properly without problems on ASRock Ext4 Gen3 that I'll get in the next 2 months.
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Just a peek preview of the beautiful UEFI screen of one incoming model from your fave mobo company, enjoy! smile.gif

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Just wanted to drop in and thank everyone whose posted in this thread. I ended up snagging my i5 2500k for a great price and decided it was time to retire my aging Phenom II. I was really indecisive about which mobo to purchase. (I typically buy Asus and Gigabyte) Lo and behold I found the Extreme3 Gen3, but thought that the features you received for such a low price had to be too good to be true. Researching through various reviews, and reading posts in this thread and others about this board though convinced me to pull the trigger, and I could not be happier!

Absolutely no issues with the board from the get go. System is running rock solid at 4.5GHz, max temp for prime at 61c.

So thanks everyone! Absolutely loving this board and CPU. thumb.gif
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Just a peek preview of the beautiful UEFI screen of one incoming model from your fave mobo company, enjoy! smile.gif
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Doesn't seem like existing Z68 boards will get this new look.
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Quick question guys...

Its like.. 3am for me so its probably right under my fricken nose, but I'm furstrated...

I just built my girlfriend a new computer last night and her brand new Corsair TX650 PSU exploded just an hour ago...

To confirm... I pulled my own Tt out of my own computer and put it in hers to see if it would power up, and it does... so confirmed, her brand new TX650 is DOA...

Now this brings me to my question.

After putting my own PSU back int my computer, my BIOS on my ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 got recent and the CMOS cleared. No idea how, but it did... fortunately I had the settings saved in a profile and got them restored.

Yet, its Date/Time got recent to its manufacturing date... September of 2011... and I have absolutely NO IDEA... how to reset that back!

As I said, its probably right under my nose... but, yea... 3am... exhausted and frustrated.. gonna go crawl in bed and pass out, and fix it in the morning, presuming one of you could be kind enough to direct me to the proper setting within the BIOS?
     
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