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So its time to raid my storage. I raid my os drive in a raid 0 on board and understand the reasons why i should buy a Controller card for my raid 5 setup. I know what stuff i am looking for in a card pcix4 sataIIx8 etc but from here i am stuck. any suggestions?
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Price range? Stick with a good manufacturer. Check specs on the processor they are using. Check the memory size. Check the benchmarks if you can find them.
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I don't want to say price doesn't matter but i will pay for quality. With my requirements newegg has these for sale
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HighPoint RocketRAID 2320 PCI-e x4 (x8 and x16 slot compatible) SATA II RAID Card - Retail
Accusys ACS-61000-8 PCI Express 2.5GHz x8, transfer rate up to 2GBps SATA II Controller Card - Retail
PROMISE SuperTrak EX8350 RTL PCI-Express x 4 SATA II Controller Card - Retail
areca ARC-1220 PCI-Express x8 SATA II Controller Card - Retail
There is about a 200 dollar price difference between the cheapest and most expensive.
The cheapest "Highpoint" looks like it doesnt even have any memory, where some of the more expensive ones have 256mb
Do i want to stay away from highpoint?
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I don't want to say price doesn't matter but i will pay for quality. With my requirements newegg has these for sale

There is about a 200 dollar price difference between the cheapest and most expensive.
The cheapest "Highpoint" looks like it doesnt even have any memory, where some of the more expensive ones have 256mb
Do i want to stay away from highpoint?
HighPoint, Promise, and Areca are all big names in RAID.

Would you be able to provide direct links? Good RAID5 controller usually start at around $250 and go up to over $1K.

Have you check eBay as well? Try looking for "SAS Card". SAS is a superset of SATA and supports SATA drives fine. You may just need an adapter cable.

For example, here's an Intel SRCSASBB8I SAS RAID. It has a PowerPC 500MHz CPU and 256MB RAM. It usually costs $500+ but is on eBay for $50 currently. I don't know of its performance but being a discrete card, it should be better than onboard for sure.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Intel-SRCSASBB8I...ayphotohosting

Here's an Adaptec RAID 5085 going for $100 (usually $700). It has a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU with 512MB. http://cgi.ebay.com/ADAPTEC-ASR-5808...QQcmdZViewItem
Edited by DuckieHo - 6/24/08 at 7:39am
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