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post #1 of 24
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I am looking for a RAID controller. I do not know anything about brand names and what I want.

All I know is I want to be able to attach up to 4 drives in a RAID0 or RAID0/1 array.

Any suggestions.

And please don't just search RAID controller and newegg.com and pick the first thing that comes up. I can do that too... I am looking for a quality suggestion.
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post #2 of 24
All you want is RAID 0 or 0+1/10?

Is this for a new build? Get a mobo w/ onboard RAID. The mobo in my sig has it.

Also, what's your budget?

There's fake raid cards, and hardware raid cards, fake raid costs under $50, real raid costs over $300.
post #3 of 24
A Smart/Intelligent RAID controller or a plain "dumb" one?
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The good ones are definately over $100; what is your budget?
 
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post #5 of 24
Good ones cost around $300 or more. There's a huge gap between crappy RAID controllers and good (hardware) raid controllers.

Fakeraid makes your CPU do the work, and offers no real protection with RAID 5 (no auto-rebuild or anything), real hardware RAID has an onboard I/O processor and will rebuild dead drives when you hot swap in a fresh one.

Fakeraid also fails to perform sometimes with 1+0 (aka, you THINK you can tolerate a disk failure, but in reality if one fails you lose everything). I wouldn't use fakeraid unless it's only RAID 1 or only RAID 0. Otherwise you don't get the protection you think you have.
post #6 of 24
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Well, I don't really have a budget, but I don't want to spend a lot of money.

I will only be running RAID0... nothing else and it will be with 2 HDDs most likely and a possibility of 4.
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post #7 of 24
Does your mobo have some on board RAID support?
post #8 of 24
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Does your mobo have some on board RAID support?
Yup, a dumb RAID controller would not do anything for you. You need to spend over $200 to get a smart controller to have any benefit over onboard RAID.
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Heard good things from this card. Cyberdruid recommends it; Areca 1210
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