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Im hoping that this is the right section, either here or under HDD's????

anyways, Im building a medium server for my new company and am really torn on what platform to go for. On the one hand, you have propper fully fledged server, but 2011 is not available yet in South Africa, so its 1366, on the other hand, desktop 2011 is fairly widely available, and the same price as 1366.

Problem is that i will be running about 3 Virtual PC's to begin with, 1 or 2 to come, and will only have 1 Server Enterprise license so ideally i want the biggest best single CPU setup, which is looking like a 3930K, as it also gives me some headroom for later on.

Now my question is, i am planning on running 4 x 1TB 7200RPM SATA drives in RAID 10 and am wondering what the performance difference will be with the different RAID controllers. Server always have superior controllers, but is the outdated 1366 controller going to be faster (and if so by how much) than the brand new x79 controller for running RAID 10???

Also might get a 60GB SSD for caching if i go X79.

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Bump for any assistance and/or thoughts
   
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I think your premise between X58 and X79 is flawed in the first place. Those chipsets are targeted towards consumers (enthusiast gamers, specifically) and not enterprise-level systems. If you are using something like Server 2008 R2 on this, itll work fine, but you won't be putting your money where it really should be going.

Furthermore, both chipsets only offer software raid, something that is slower, potentially less resilient, and uses more CPU cycles than a dedicated RAID card. Sure, it's more expensive, but the difference between X58 and X79 is probably not going to be noticeable. Software vs. hardware raid might be much more noticeable.

Spend your money on hardware meant for what you are using it for, that's my best advice.
Edited by killnine - 4/19/12 at 6:22am
    
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