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Can pretty much any mobo do RAID0?

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I've been reading around and heard Raid0 can give a little HDD performance boost, as far as loading games/apps...etc

Anyways, would a motherboard need to have certain specs in order to do Raid0 or is it BIOS settings...etc? Perhaps a noob friendly guide if anyone knows of any. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by hokage View Post
I've been reading around and heard Raid0 can give a little HDD performance boost, as far as loading games/apps...etc

Anyways, would a motherboard need to have certain specs in order to do Raid0 or is it BIOS settings...etc? Perhaps a noob friendly guide if anyone knows of any. Thanks.
It needs to have that ability in the southbridge, or a separate raid0 controller chip on the mobo. Some companies don't include it on their boards to cut costs.
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For example, you have a P35 northbridge chipset. That is usually paired with either the ICH9 or ICH9R southbridge. The difference is RAID support hence the "R".
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Your motherboard does NOT support RAID0. Your soutbridge is Intel ICH9, you would need an Intel ICH9R southbridge to run RAID0, which comes on the Gigabyte DS3R, not the DS3L. If you wanted to run a hardware RAID config, you would need a PCI RAID card or a new motherboard with a southbridge ending in "R".
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post #5 of 14
It will say RAID Modes on the specs somewhere. Budget boards usually don't include a RAID controller, or if it does, it will only support Modes 0 & 1 only. Higher quality boards support all levels.
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It will say RAID Modes on the specs somewhere. Budget boards usually don't include a RAID controller, or if it does, it will only support Modes 0 & 1 only. Higher quality boards support all levels.
Not all levels... only a few more levels.


I have never seen a desktop RAID controller that support 6, 50, 15, 51, 010, ect
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post #7 of 14
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Thanks. Would a PCI Raid addon be as effecient compared to a motherboard that comes with it?
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Thanks. Would a PCI Raid addon be as effecient compared to a motherboard that comes with it?
Usually, vastly more efficient.
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post #9 of 14
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Usually, vastly more efficient.
The card would be more efficient?
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post #10 of 14
I meant mainstream levels. I'm not even sure what any of those do, so i'll stick with RAID 0 and backup.
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