I'm new to RAID setup but it is something I want to do with the new build I am considering. Briefly, the system will be AMD Athalon 64 X2, Asus AM2 mobo (either Crosshair or M2N32 SLI Deluxe), and a RAID 5 array with 3 or 4 SATA drives.
I'm curious whether I will be disappointed with using the onboard RAID controller vs an add-on RAID card. Opinions? Suggestions?
my understanding is that the motherboard RAID controller was NOT software RAID....software RAID was something else. I'm confused.
Most onboard controllers are software based, just because it is controlled by the BIOS doesn't mean it isn't software (after all the BIOS is software). You could check the specs for your particular mobo to see if ti is hardware RAID, but I would bet it isn't. Theres a reason onboard controllers (be it video, audio, or RAID) are much cheaper than the add-on cards...