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I was reading the Storage Essentials thread and was trying to figure out what type of raid card I should go for in a NAS build.
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How To Pick a Controller
There are two types of RAID controllers available - software based and hardware based. Software based ones are no different than your onboard controller - your CPU has to do all the work. These are a complete waste of $15. Hardware based ones have their own processor that does all the work, and does it a lot better than your general-purpose CPU can. So how do you tell the difference between the two offhand? Easy: The hardware based ones have heatsinks, the software based ones don't. Plain and simple.

Originally, I was planning on going out and buying an ROG Impact board, throwing a 4670K into it and then throwing raid card to allow for up to 16+ SATA connections for Raid 5. Now, I've ran into a conundrum. Should I buy a hardware raid card or just go for a software raid?

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Alternatively, if I were to reuse my Maximus VI Gene which has 8 SATA ports, would there be any benefit from going with a dedicated raid card for ZFS with 1 full redundancy? Also, if I were to expand past 8 drives, could I throw in this raid controller for an additional 8 drives? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816118112. Would FreeNAS see the controller and expand the entire zfs raid array to 16 drives even if there's a mix in motherbord controller and raid card?

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