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Hi I've got a GA-EP45-DS3L and I was wondering if this board is capable of Raid. (0,1 or any other)

Gigabyte's site says it is not available on the DS3L. But, I'm posting because I was sure I saw someone pull of Raid on this board.

Does anyone know if it's possible? If it is not possible, with this stock board is there some sort of adapter that makes it possible?
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No. It isn't. It has the ICH10 southbridge, you have to have the ICH10R for raid on P45 motherboards. You can get a PCI or PCI-E SATA RAID card, however.
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Thanks for the reply. Thats good to know.

I have never used a sata raid card, are these as good as an on-board setup?

My goal is speed, will it give me that equivalent?
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u will need another seagate 320. raid wont give u overclocking speed. it will give u almost double read and write speed.
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Originally Posted by APOLLOSTEES View Post
Thanks for the reply. Thats good to know.

I have never used a sata raid card, are these as good as an on-board setup?

My goal is speed, will it give me that equivalent?
Yes, a SATA RAID card (PCI-xpress interface) will be just as good as on-board and maybe marginally better.

A PCI-xpress interface RAID card will give you SATA II bandwidth (300MB/s) while a standard PCI interface RAID card will give you SATA I bandwidth (150MB/s)

If you've got money to burn look into a 'true' hardware RAID controller. They run upwards of $85 but they are better performing RAID controllers.

Host/Firmware based RAID cards dump off some of the work to the motherboard/cpu so they don't perform as well as a stand-alone hardware based RAID controller.

Good Luck!

****

Also, you need two identical drives for best performance. Any two drives will work for RAID 0 granted they are the same speed (5400rpm / 7200rpm / 10000rpm) however both drives will only work as fast as the slowest drive in the array and both drives will only have as much storage as the smallest drive in the array.
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u will need another seagate 320. raid wont give u overclocking speed.
it will give u almost double read and write speed.
Thanks for the response. I should have mentioned this is not for my sig rig.
This is for a new build in wich I have a ep45-ds3l and 2x640GB WD drives.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Slider46 View Post
Yes, a SATA RAID card (PCI-xpress interface) will be just as good as on-board and maybe marginally better.

A PCI-xpress interface RAID card will give you SATA II bandwidth (300MB/s) while a standard PCI interface RAID card will give you SATA I bandwidth (150MB/s)

If you've got money to burn look into a 'true' hardware RAID controller. They run upwards of $85 but they are better performing RAID controllers.

Host/Firmware based RAID cards dump off some of the work to the motherboard/cpu so they don't perform as well as a stand-alone hardware based RAID controller.

Good Luck!

****

Also, you need two identical drives for best performance. Any two drives will work for RAID 0 granted they are the same speed (5400rpm / 7200rpm / 10000rpm) however both drives will only work as fast as the slowest
drive in the array and both drives will only have as much storage as the smallest drive in the array.
This is really good to know. I was thinking that a raid controller card would just be a bad knock-off of on board
performance. Plus rep+ guys.

Does anyone recommend a specific raid controller card?
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Originally Posted by APOLLOSTEES View Post
Thanks for the response. I should have mentioned this is not for my sig rig.
This is for a new build in wich I have a ep45-ds3l and 2x640GB WD drives.



This is really good to know. I was thinking that a raid controller card would just be a bad knock-off of on board
performance. Plus rep+ guys.

Does anyone recommend a specific raid controller card?
I have this one: Rosewill RC-211 (RAID 0/1) - $24.99

I'm pretty sure this is a hardware RAID card: HighPoint RocketRAID 2300 - $114

(I'm sure someone will correct me if i'm wrong )
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Actually, PCI/PCI-E Raid cards offer a little more data protection since you can migrate the RAID to another board. So if the board goes, you can put the card in another board, boot into safe mode, and get your data off of it. Any SATA II add-in card will perform equal to the onboard Raid, but a Raid card with a dedicated processor (the one Slide46 linked for $114) will perform even better, but at a price. Of ocurse the ultimate Raid cards have a dedicated processor and ram on the board.
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