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I wanted to run RAID in the future, but the DS3L doesn't have onboard RAID support. Are there any RAID cards out there for around 50$ or less that perform as well as the ICH9R or other onboard RAID controllers?

I plan to use just 2 Raptors in RAID 0 with a 500Gb HD for storage or something similar like that.

Thanks for reading.
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ONLY as well as the ICH9R? Heh, take your pick.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816104004
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ONLY as well as the ICH9R? Heh, take your pick.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816104004
Wow, seems pretty cheap compared to the others I've seen on Newegg for 300$ and etc.

If 20$ gets you ICH9R quality, how much does ~50$ get?

Thanks for the response!
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ICH9R is really pretty low quality RAID.

The more expensive controllers usually offload the raid functions from the cpu to onboard circuitry so they contain memory and a simple processor. The more expensive cards usually offer support for more raid levels as well and in some cases work with a mixed set of drives (SAS, SATA, SCSI). The more expensive cards also support PCI-X for 64 bit operation (of the controller not the OS).
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Here's a pretty good artical on raid controllers compared.

http://www.maximumpc.com/sites/maxim...llers_compared
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Wow, seems pretty cheap compared to the others I've seen on Newegg for 300$ and etc.

If 20$ gets you ICH9R quality, how much does ~50$ get?

Thanks for the response!
All the ones under $100 or so are the same crap, $20 performs exactly the same as $80.

If you want a card that is really good, look through these. Personally I'd take the one of the Areca cards but its up to you. You can easily put the two raptors on that card and use the motherboard for your storage drive. If you want future expandability plus FAST parity calculations for RAID5/RAID6 the Arc1220 is a really great card.

Just make sure, as a rule of thumb, that you use at least 1 PCIe lane for every 2 hard drives, and use no more than two drives if its regular PCI.
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post #7 of 28
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All the ones under $100 or so are the same crap, $20 performs exactly the same as $80.

If you want a card that is really good, look through these. Personally I'd take the one of the Areca cards but its up to you. You can easily put the two raptors on that card and use the motherboard for your storage drive. If you want future expandability plus FAST parity calculations for RAID5/RAID6 the Arc1220 is a really great card.

Just make sure, as a rule of thumb, that you use at least 1 PCIe lane for every 2 hard drives, and use no more than two drives if its regular PCI.
Ahhh that's some expensive stuff right there......

RAID cards seem pretty expensive. Now I'm left wondering how much performance the 190$ card has over the 20$ card. Too bad there aren't many reviews on Newegg to look through.

After looking at a couple of the cards from the big list you sent me (thanks for it btw), I'm thinking about these three cards to upgrade to in the future:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816104004
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816115029
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816151031

The 20$ card is like standard onboard RAID so I know about it's capabilities.
What about the 110$ High Point card compared to the 190$ Areca. It seems to me that Areca is the better brand to go for RAID cards, but the 110$ card seems to be popular and effective while also being cheaper. Is the extra 80$ spent into the Areca card worth it for a couple of raptors? I'll probably be googling benchmarks of the cards later on.

If someone could give me a (slightly?) detailed comparison or just a simple comparison between the two cards I posted it would really help. What I'm looking for is the most bang for the buck while still not breaking the bank.
I'm not exactly knowledgeable with HDs and RAID so I can't tell the difference between the cards besides the most basic things.

Thank's for the card recommendations, but I'll stay clear of that 400$ card.

Sorry for posting so many questions.
Edited by Rpg2 - 5/20/08 at 9:31pm
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Ahhh that's some expensive stuff right there......

RAID cards seem pretty expensive. Now I'm left wondering how much performance the 190$ card has over the 20$ card. Too bad there aren't many reviews on Newegg to look through.

After looking at a couple of the cards from the big list you sent me (thanks for it btw), I'm thinking about these three cards to upgrade to in the future:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816104004
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816115029
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816151031

The 20$ card is like standard onboard RAID so I know about it's capabilities.
What about the 110$ High Point card compared to the 190$ Areca. It seems to me that Areca is the better brand to go for RAID cards, but the 110$ card seems to be popular and effective while also being cheaper. Is the extra 80$ spent into the Areca card worth it for a couple of raptors? I'll probably be googling benchmarks of the cards later on.

If someone could give me a (slightly?) detailed comparison or just a normal comparison between the two cards I posted it would really help. What I'm looking for is the most bang for the buck while still not breaking the bank.
I'm not exactly knowledgeable with HDs and RAID so I can't tell the difference between the cards besides the most basic things.

Thank's for the card recommendations, but I'll stay clear of that 400$ card.
The difference in performance between any card under $200 is negligible compared to onboard RAID. Basically, if a RAID card doesn't have its own RAM, then it's not better than onboard. The only major differences are features like remote RAID status, health information, RAID types, and number of ports.
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if you want something a RAID card, you'll need to get a PCI-E one because the PCI bus caps at 133MB/s.
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post #10 of 28
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The difference in performance between any card under $200 is negligible compared to onboard RAID. Basically, if a RAID card doesn't have its own RAM, then it's not better than onboard. The only major differences are features like remote RAID status, health information, RAID types, and number of ports.
What you say it correct. I just found this review:
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/128...ion/index.html
It basically shows that the 110$ card I posted above is definitely not faster than the standard ICH9R. If the 20$ card's benchmark proves to be as good as ICH9R, then I'll be getting that one and saving a truckload of money.


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if you want something a RAID card, you'll need to get a PCI-E one because the PCI bus caps at 133MB/s.
Yes, I'll be getting a PCIe card if I do get a RAID card at all.
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