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Thats a bit worrying, if anyone else has feeback on raid cards with this motherboard it would be appreciated as i realy need to know what the situation is on this.

The other cooler im looking at is the Mega Shadow, however it seems i need to get the AMD retention bracket for that, i assume the Megahelms bracket will work on the Shadow .. and i further assume since its been menioned in this thread that the Mega shadow will work in the standard front/back orientation on the GD70 ?
I don't have any experience with the RAID cards, but I hear they are better, more expensive (only worth using the high dollar ones from what I've read) but really unnecessary if you're only using two or three drives in RAID.

Performance from the SB RAID (software - black ports) is pretty good.

I've since adjusted my stripe to a 64k block size (from 128k), so the smalls are a bit better, but here is my stripe performance on two OCZ Vertex's:

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I don't have any experience with the RAID cards, but I hear they are better, more expensive (only worth using the high dollar ones from what I've read) but really unnecessary if you're only using two or three drives in RAID.

Performance from the SB RAID (software - black ports) is pretty good.

I've since adjusted my stripe to a 64k block size (from 128k), so the smalls are a bit better, but here is my stripe performance on two OCZ Vertex's:

See!!! LOL-- THAT is wicked! Look how fast that is!? If possible Where do notice the most "Visible" performance?
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See!!! LOL-- THAT is wicked! Look how fast that is!? If possible Where do notice the most "Visible" performance?
Most programs, including o/s, operate in the small file size area (this is where RAID cards are better, they offer smaller stripe sizes), large file transfers are the most efficient.

If I launch Photoshop CS4 Extended, it's about 3-4 seconds to fully loaded and usable. Program installs on the stripe are crazy fast. Windows 7 x64 installed in about 12 minutes.

Windows loads a bit slower that NCspecV81, but I do have a lot of stuff running in the background, like Malwarebyte, Norton 360, and many more. Total load time if I turn on the computer, and disregard the RAID detection (it's 6-15 sec.'s), is about 45 seconds including windows password log-in. A reboot is a short minute total (disregarding the RAID detection).

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Guys I need some quick feedback hoping soneone can read and respond

I messed my OS up and am now forced to reformat as I had not backed up. I can not remember how I had bios settings set since I have been trying to get back into windows but have given up, repair option will not work. Before I start a fresh format I want to make sure I am setting up the best way as I noticed boot times were slower but by reading comment above this may be due to raid detection? I guess outside of that time issue the rest of the boot process is fast.

windows 7 64 bit
2 x Vertex 60GB SSD raid 0 on SB750 for main OS (latest firmware running GC)
2x WD640 Blacks raid 0 on SB750 (data/music/extra games)
1 x 250 esata external (backup)
1 sata dvd drive on SB750
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x4 955
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In the bios under integrated peripherals I had the following:

1)integrated peripherals> on chip stata controller>enabled
2)integrated peripherals> on chip ata devices> raid mode = raid (not ahci or ide as I am using 2 ssd's)

3)integrated peripherals> E-sata/HW raid controller> enabled
4)integrated peripherals> E-sata controller mode> IDE (choice is IDE or AHCI)
5)drive booster (HW Raid) > normal mode (default setting)

5)Advanced Bios Settings> boot sequence was the vertex raid 0 array

When I set up the main Raid 0 array and Win 7 OS I installed required raid/ahci driver via a USB during install.

With the system as described above I found that it scanned for drives and made the boot process longer than it should be?

Should I set #2 & #4 both to AHCI or leave #2 = RAID for OS array and leave #4 IDE or should it be AHCI ??

Whats best method for Raid 0 ? Or should I be using the jmicron controller for the Main OS raid 0 array and leave the WD 640 array on the SB750? from what I have read and been told the jmicron 2 blue sata ports is not seen by most as the way to go vs the black 6 SB 750 sata

Hoping I can get some quick feedback so i begin fresh format and set this up proper then overclock system before I load my games and set up my email and other crap. AND then BACKUP reg via Acronis which I should have done which would have avoided this mess

mducklow can you comment you gave me some great info earlier in thread
Edited by cisco kid - 1/26/10 at 4:39pm
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You'll have to ask Mduclow on this one! He's the raid man of the thread I think!
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Well, I had a system crash as it loaded into Windows 7...at which point, now I cannot restart the computer. Any ideas why? I have cleared CMOS. It does not load up the hard drives at all. The board lights up...but does nothing.
    
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Ok...should I be worried that it is doing nothing? Cause to be honest, I'm scared that the board is broke...
    
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windows 7 64 bit
2 x Vertex 60GB SSD raid 0 on SB750 for main OS (latest firmware running GC)
2x WD640 Blacks raid 0 on SB750 (data/music/extra games)
1 x 250 esata external (backup)
1 sata dvd drive on SB750
1 ide dvd drive
x4 955
8 gb Mushkin Ascent PC12800 7,7,6,18

In the bios under integrated peripherals I had the following:

1)integrated peripherals> on chip stata controller>enabled
2)integrated peripherals> on chip ata devices> raid mode = raid (not ahci or ide as I am using 2 ssd's)

3)integrated peripherals> E-sata/HW raid controller> enabled
4)integrated peripherals> E-sata controller mode> IDE (choice is IDE or AHCI)
5)drive booster (HW Raid) > normal mode (default setting)

5)Advanced Bios Settings> boot sequence was the vertex raid 0 array

When I set up the main Raid 0 array and Win 7 OS I installed required raid/ahci driver via a USB during install.

With the system as described above I found that it scanned for drives and made the boot process longer than it should be?

Should I set #2 & #4 both to AHCI or leave #2 = RAID for OS array and leave #4 IDE or should it be AHCI ??

Whats best method for Raid 0 ? Or should I be using the jmicron controller for the Main OS raid 0 array and leave the WD 640 array on the SB750? from what I have read and been told the jmicron 2 blue sata ports is not seen by most as the way to go vs the black 6 SB 750 sata

Hoping I can get some quick feedback so i begin fresh format and set this up proper then overclock system before I load my games and set up my email and other crap. AND then BACKUP reg via Acronis which I should have done which would have avoided this mess

mduclow can you comment you gave me some great info earlier in thread
#2 = RAID & #4 = AHCI. This will give you the fastest speeds. You may want to bump your SB volts to 1.25 - 1.3v to help with all those drives in RAID mode.

Can't avoid the RAID detection scan.

Use the black ports for your RAID arrays, SB-750 controller, not the JMicron controller.

When re-installing o/s make sure you do a few things.

-- Boot into an O/S on another drive, one other than the SSD's, and run sanitary erase on them (the SSD's). Don't format the drives!
-- Then disconnect all drives except the SSD's, turn the computer on and set-up your RAID array (use the 64k stripe size)
-- Proceed to install Windows, go get a cup of coffee, and when you get back it will be done, it's that fast on two striped SSD's.
-- You may now re-connect the other drives.

Good luck, buddy.

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What do you guys think of buying 40mm fans for the NB & SB?

I'm thinking they would just be noise machines at 3500rpm and 5-8 CFM

But I wanna do a push/pull setup on my CPU cooler and I can't fit the fan I have on the NB right now & the second fan on the cooler.

     
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Ok...should I be worried that it is doing nothing? Cause to be honest, I'm scared that the board is broke...
I'm only asking because you haven't commented about it either way:

Have you cleared cmos and tried to boot?

Have you pulled the vid card and ram, and reinstalled with one stick and tried to reboot?

Is everything turning on as you would expect, but you are not getting any video?

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