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Hello guys!
This is my first ever anything on this site and hopefully the start of much activity smile.gif

I was wanting to know just how well todays higher end motherboards ($350-$500 range) can handle a RAID setup in contrast with a card?
Do motherboards allow for the full read/write potential that a card does? And do motherboards work well in some RAID levels and maybe not so well in others?

Just wanting to know your opinions as i am wanting to setup an array (maybe on 5) on my future build.
Thanks!!!
post #2 of 7
Higher end motherboards can handle a RAID just fine. However, I don't recommend you use an onboard solution to set up a RAID. Your RAID would be dependent on the motherboard, so if the motherboard goes bad it's going to be tricky to get your data back. If you use a RAID card, you can easily transfer it to another computer to access your data.
post #3 of 7
High end as in server boards? Even those still use common [Intel] south bridge chipsets to do RAID, so you're safe if the board dies. Now if you AMD, who knows... I have no experience with their platforms. RAID cards are just the best solution, anyway. They will handle more devices and offer more RAID levels.
 
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Good point Double, how ever what would happen in the situation of a RAID card went bad? is recovery easier then a mother board failure?
Yeah Ram i was meaning a high end desktop board such as asus or gigabyte i should have made it clearer....thats true though because in the future you wanted to expand the array the board may not have enough sata ports whereas the card would.
post #5 of 7
I've only used it myself once for RAID 0, years ago, but Intel lists what chipsets support different migration schemes. Here is a list of chipsets and what RAID levels and other features they support.

My Areca card started failing on me, so I sent it in for RMA, and when I got it back and plugged in the drives, everything was there and perfectly fine. They also advised me that I could swap out the card for another Areca model and it would work. Most RAID card makers make their standards compatible across all of their cards.
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ah thanks! yeah i guess a card is the safest best if there more compatible and you can swap them out for another one.
Also has anyone used or know about Highpoint raid cards? are they any good?? or is there better brands out there?
Ramicio, what made you choose raid 6 for your server? is it just because it allows for 2 drive failures without data loss?
post #7 of 7
I chose RAID 6 because the likelihood of another drive failing or having a read error on rebuild is too great with RAID 5 with the gigantic disks we have today. The larger the capacity each disk is and the larger number of disks you run, the more parity you want. I would go for 3 drives' worth of parity, if there was such a level, when I expand to 24 disks. I will likely just do RAID 60 by then with 3 TB disks.
 
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