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sata II or should I get a raid card

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New to server platform, Raid Card assistance pls, I am using a MATX Mobo was wondering if it was better to get a basic Sata III raid card (any suggestions welcomed) Or just use Sata II on motherboard for A Sata 6 ssd. Will performance be better with Sata II of motherboard or with Sata III of a raid card. Ive been told boot times will be a few seconds longer, but degrade ssd altogether would suck. I don't want to spend 500.00 dollars either have seen where they climb in price well past thousand range. It would be 3 Drives for Sure.
Any Help Is Appreciated.
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Why not just get a basic SATA III controller (PCI-E) and plug an SSD into it, as the boot drive.
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huh?
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I think by Sata 6 SSD you mean SATA III 6gb/s. I'm just guessing you'r SSD can read around 500 mb/s so you will be losing 25-40% of the speed per drive if connected to SATA II.

I'm not sure what you require from a raid card or what type of raid you want to use, but $500 is getting into enterprise hardware which I suspect isn't needed. You can buy them for under $100 with 4x SATA III ports and this one supports raid 0, 1, and 1+0. LINK
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With raid card can you turn off to boot, then accesses hard drive to turn on. OS on mobo Sata. They were saying slow boot times, because of separate bios. Didn't know if windows supports that feature. I guess disable in devices on and off, but pain in the azz
Just would like to verify if the 30.00 dollar card is worth it or better to upgrade for reliability compatibility.

Did find this to support question?
PCIe based controllers will always be a little slower as there is quite a bit more overhead required to run them and the data is passing through a different BUS. Also other devices like ‎PMVideo cards and sound cards and other controllers can slow down the PCIe Bus 6Gbps is a theoretical max. in reality the speed is quite a bit lower.
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