Howdy fellas... Right now I have a 965p DS3 re 3.3 and its a fantastic board. Runs my E6400 @ 3.4 just fine.
For some strange reason, all my SATA ports (two controllers) died on the board and I have 4 drives stranded. This also made me realise that I could put all those drives to use. I'm looking for a board that supports RAID 5 and will OC just like my DS3.
Or, would a cheaper option be to find an adapter that have at least 4 ports and runs RAID 5 on PCI-E 1x?
Or is it a good idea to upgrade MB, get SLI 8800GT and PCIE 2.0 and RAID 5 onboard the MB? Or does one exist?
Crossfire id go with P35 or x38 depends on budget mostly x38 vanilla for ~230 P35 board for ~140 for RAID features. note you wont be running SLI on these.
I hope you also realise to create the RAID5 array you will need to wipe all 4 drives so you will need to backup what is on them first. And dont even think about tring to migrate existing arrays as most times it just wont get detected.
Correct there are currently no motherboards with PCI-e2.0 that support SLI. NVIDIA's 7xx chipset range will solve this.
They are all hardware managed... software is done through OS's. Although these hardware onboard offerings use cpu time to do calculations, whereas a proper controller (the adaptec i mentioned above) have there own XOR processors and do the calculations onboard.