A couple of weeks ago I purchased an Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe nForce2 Ultra 400
motherboard, and recently discovered that it can only do RAID with SATA, not
IDE hard-drives, which I was told they could do at the time of purchase.

After contacting the company, they said they realized I had given me
erroneous information, and would be happy to provide me with a GIGABYTE
GA-7N400 PRO2, which does allow IDE RAID.

There does not seem to be too many (if any) differences between the two
mobos, except some Asus WiFi thing on the Asus mobo. Does anybody know of
any other differences - quality of board, upgradability etc?

And if I get the new motherboard, it's going to take a good part of the day
reinstalling everything.

Should I stay with the Asus and go for SATA RAID, or go for the slightly
cheaper Gigabyte mobo?

What are people's experiences with these two mobos?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. There are numerous SATA card controllers on the market. If you don't want to reinstall etc. you might look into one of those.
  2. personally, if I didn't already have some standard PATA HDDs that I wanted to use, I'd go with SATA simply for the thinner, longer, more flexible & less airflow-restricting cables, even if it is a few more $.

    Plus if you upgrade in a few year's time the HDDS would natively support what will probably be the standard by then, and you wouldn't have to fork out for PATA->SATA adaptors or sell/bin the drives.

    Just my opinion.

    <font color=red>Those of you who think you know everything are annoying to those of us who do.</font color=red> :wink:
  3. Thanks for the advice folks.

    I have my previous PATA-IDE hard drives from 4-5 years ago still hanging around, but also decided to go with a couple of new larger, SATA drives, so I've gone for a Gigabyte mobo.

    Have a good weekend!
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