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Just ordered 2 WD 250g SATA II drives off the egg. I've never had SATA drives but I'm sure they will own my old 250g WD IDE PATA drive as well I plan on going RAID0 with them for the increased bandwidth but my question is which controller to use?

I have the i650 nForce 4 as well the JMicron hardware RAID controllers onboard and just wondering which would be better to run? I've searched the forum as well the web and have found numerous guides on setting up the array, something I've done many, many times on server builds (mainly parity sets for redundancy) but always on external SCSI controllers so I'm lookin for a tip or two.

I plan on setting 16k block stripe but setting up the array in BIOS isn't the best way (at least I thought I had -- Did I say I've spent last hours going through threads?

OK guide me and once this is done I feel my build will be complete, at least for now

TIA
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I'd use the southbridge, thus the nVidia controller. The JMicron is on the PCI-E bus. If you don't use the JMicron for IDE, you can disable it in BIOS.

In BIOS, set the SATA controller to RAID. Save, exit. After POST, you'll get the bootrom message, including a key combination to hit to enter the set up utility. Do this, build the array, etc.
    
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I'd use the southbridge, thus the nVidia controller. The JMicron is on the PCI-E bus. If you don't use the JMicron for IDE, you can disable it in BIOS.

In BIOS, set the SATA controller to RAID. Save, exit. After POST, you'll get the bootrom message, including a key combination to hit to enter the set up utility. Do this, build the array, etc.
JMicron is on the PCI bus
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The nForce controller would be the best. You'll get more bandwidth off of it because it isn't on the PCI (or PCIe) bus.
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JMicron is on the PCI bus
Many of the current JMicron chipsets utilize the PCI-E Bus
http://www.jmicron.com/JMB360.html

All the 36x chipsets use the PCI-E bus.
    
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Originally Posted by Chozart View Post
Many of the current JMicron chipsets utilize the PCI-E Bus
http://www.jmicron.com/JMB360.html

All the 36x chipsets use the PCI-E bus.
Whoops... will have to verify that. The JMicron on my board is PCI IIRC.
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Awesome, thanks for the info guys. Greatly appreciate the help!
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