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Whats wrong with the P5W? Maybe you just had a bad batch of RAM.. my somewhat generic Kingstons DDR2 533 can be overclocked to 810mhz 5-6-6-18 @ 2.2v rock stable and 805mhz @ 5-5-5-18..
Well I have to get the board RMAed regardless, so I might as well get a better-overclocking board in the mean time, since it would only be $5 more on newegg. I have had two sets of RAM that would not operate at spec on my P5W DH Deluxe. I will test them both on the new motherboard just to be sure, but they both required more voltage than should be necessary to do anything near their rated specifications.
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Earlier today I purchased the P5N32-E SLI from newegg, and it should be here by Wednesday. Hopefull that will be the end of my woes...
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Good choice, basically my board w/ more SATA support (which you clearly need!)
    
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So how do you set up RAID on these motherboards? Do you hit CTRL+I like with intel southbridges?
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So how do you set up RAID on these motherboards? Do you hit CTRL+I like with intel southbridges?
Turn it on in the bios. Then load the drivers when you install windows.
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Turn it on in the bios. Then load the drivers when you install windows.
I will not be installing Windows on the RAID array (separate OS HDD). It allows for better data security (I won't lose everything in one shot), while not requiring the performance sacrifice that RAID-0+1 gives.

For intel southbridges, if you hit CTRL+I during boot-up, it gives you all the drives and possible RAID arrays with them. I am wondering how this will work with the nvidia southbridge.
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I will not be installing Windows on the RAID array (separate OS HDD). It allows for better data security (I won't lose everything in one shot), while not requiring the performance sacrifice that RAID-0+1 gives.

For intel southbridges, if you hit CTRL+I during boot-up, it gives you all the drives and possible RAID arrays with them. I am wondering how this will work with the nvidia southbridge.
yep. similarly.

You enable RAID (in general AND per disk(!)) in the BIOS (meaning in the BIOS you can include and exclude disks from the array), but you still have to do the set up in the bootrom (I think it's F10 to hit to enter the utility... haven't rebooted in a while so I am not sure ). In the bootrom utility, you design your RAID array, etc.

Personally, I would put windows and apps on the RAID array (I don't care if my Windows install gets screwed over), and data on a separate hard drive.
    
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Personally, I would put windows and apps on the RAID array (I don't care if my Windows install gets screwed over), and data on a separate hard drive.
The data is what I need the performance on, so how does that make sense? Am I missing something?
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The data is what I need the performance on, so how does that make sense? Am I missing something?
Well... the data is what you want most secure!

If your RAID fails... what you rather have on it? your (unique) data, or your Windows install and programs (Which just require you a 2-hour re-install session to get them back up). If you put your data on the RAID0 array, you might as well just put everything on it.

Otherwise, I'd just get RAID0+1. It performs on par with a 2-disk RAID0 (assuming a 4 disk RAID0+1 here). Or set up a RAID0 array with four disks, and a spare backup disk, and do regular backups.
    
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Well... the data is what you want most secure!

If your RAID fails... what you rather have on it? your (unique) data, or your Windows install and programs (Which just require you a 2-hour re-install session to get them back up). If you put your data on the RAID0 array, you might as well just put everything on it.

Otherwise, I'd just get RAID0+1. It performs on par with a 2-disk RAID0 (assuming a 4 disk RAID0+1 here). Or set up a RAID0 array with four disks, and a spare backup disk, and do regular backups.
I always back up my data. All my music is backed up on my MP3 player, for example. Programs are easy to reinstall, and school files are backed up at school, so having a separate RAID-0 array for data does make sense, especially considering how delicate Windows can be (it has been the source of both of my RAID-0 failures). Plus, with a data RAID-0 array, one can just format in Windows which makes the process much easier. Either way, it doesn't make any sense at all to only have Windows on the array.
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