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'll make this one short and to the point. R4E has a total of 8 SATA ports. Six of them off of the chipset and two more courtesy of the add in controller.

I was wondering if those two extra ports are configurable via Intel RAID that you can access through BIOS. If not, will I still be able to use RAID using those ports separately?

Another question that I have is this: Is software RAID (Windows 7) Worth the effort if I can't configure them through BIOS and Intel RAID interface?
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AFAIK, the extra AsMedia SATA ports don't support RAID at all. My Sabertooth Z77 is the same way. They're just a couple of extra ports is all.
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So I guess software RAID within Windows is the only way to pair them up.
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Ports 1,2, 3& 4 (black ports -non Asmedia) will work fine for Raid. Best way is to set it up through bios.
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Well I'm going to be using two SSDs and six hard drives. SSDs will be set up in a RAID 0 configuration. I want to do a RAID 5 with the rest of the hard drives but Intel's chipset only support up to 6 devices.

I'm thinking about putting 4 of the hdds in the black ports and the remaining two in the ASMedia ports and set them up as a RAID 5 through windows. I'm just not sure if software RAID is as good as hardware RAID. Any suggestions?
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Well I'm going to be using two SSDs and six hard drives. SSDs will be set up in a RAID 0 configuration. I want to do a RAID 5 with the rest of the hard drives but Intel's chipset only support up to 6 devices.

I'm thinking about putting 4 of the hdds in the black ports and the remaining two in the ASMedia ports and set them up as a RAID 5 through windows. I'm just not sure if software RAID is as good as hardware RAID. Any suggestions?

Put the SSDs in the intel /black ports for best raid 0 performance. Stay away from Asmedia ports, if you can. Have you considered a raid card? Expensive proposition, but if you have to have Raid 5 on HDDs, may be worth looking into.
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Put the SSDs in the intel /black ports for best raid 0 performance. Stay away from Asmedia ports, if you can. Have you considered a raid card? Expensive proposition, but if you have to have Raid 5 on HDDs, may be worth looking into.

Four black ports are SATA rev 2 that are being fed by the chipset. Bellow them are two red ports that are SATA rev 3 off the chipset. Bellow those are another further two red SATA ports that are rev 3 but use the ASMedia controller.

I'll be putting the SSDs in the first row of red ports as that is the fastest solution to run them in RAID 0.

I won't have space for a raid card as I'm doing three way SLI and using a sound card. Even if I did, I wouldn't want to add more complexity to the setup and/or spend more.
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Four black ports are SATA rev 2 that are being fed by the chipset. Bellow them are two red ports that are SATA rev 3 off the chipset. Bellow those are another further two red SATA ports that are rev 3 but use the ASMedia controller.

I'll be putting the SSDs in the first row of red ports as that is the fastest solution to run them in RAID 0.

I won't have space for a raid card as I'm doing three way SLI and using a sound card. Even if I did, I wouldn't want to add more complexity to the setup and/or spend more.

You are correct, sir. smile.gif
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