Originally Posted by Tongan
Sometimes i feel as if i shouldn't ask questions on this forum.......lol (the head ache)
I just read that thread through; you're right... what happened to simple answers? It's not too hard to figure out: good RAID card = better than chipset RAID, bad RAID card = worse. The biggest boon is really the expansion part, as you have more channels (drives) you can add on later; most of the onboard chipsets offer 4 + 2 and 4 (usually only 2 and 4 SATA 3, so they can't be combined into one RAID 5/6). That means you can have a SATA2 & SATA3 6-drive RAID and a separate SATA3 4-drive RAID. It works, but depending how much expansion you need is fairly limited for large-scale builds.
Did you not find any SFF-8087 or SFF-8470 enclosures that you liked?