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I've been thinking about setting up a RAID 5 array in my home server and I found this on sale at Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816115050

The motherboard in my server is an Asrock P4VM890 motherboard (has a PCI-Express x16 slot) with a 3.0Ghz P4 and 512MB of RAM. I use it for file backup and as a media server to my PS3 and some other computers around the house.

Is this card good?

Thanks!
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This is just a host-based controller...

You would be better off upgrading to a Sempron 140 + AMD mobo + 1GB RAM for about $100-120. Alternatively, you can look for new used Intel systems with a ICH9R or ICH10R.

The home server will be more power-efficent and support RAID5 with 6 HDDs. It would also support 1Gb LAN if your current does not already.
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So instead of getting a RAID card, I should upgrade the system and run the RAID off the Motherboard?
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So instead of getting a RAID card, I should upgrade the system and run the RAID off the Motherboard?
Yes, your onboard software RAID is probably better than what you will get with this. The only reason to get this is if you have a mobo without RAID support. AFAIK you can't get a hardware based RAID controller at that price point.

If you want a good RAID card get one with at least 512mb onboard cache.
    
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Sounds good, thank you both!
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The Asrock P4VM890 is old...Socket 478 VIA chipset and DDR ram so its going to be better (cheaper) to get the card...if it will work in that board.

For running RAID off a board...
Since there are no Socket 478 about so you would have to get a Socket 775 or 1156...new CPU...new DDR2 or DDR3 ram...
Edited by PeterUK - 12/22/10 at 9:37am
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