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Newbie Raid Question

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Last response: in Storage
August 24, 2008 11:05:50 PM

im use to building servers and they always come with separate raid controllers. Does the home market motherboards have built in Raid controllers now? They last PC i built over 6 years ago, i had to buy the Raid Controller card separate.

Im about to buy this one and i cant tell if it has one built in or it just says it supports raid.

thank you,

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August 25, 2008 4:51:13 PM

Here is the storage information from Asus website.

6 xSATA 3 Gb/s ports
Intel Matrix Storage Technology Support RAID 0,1,5,10
MarvellĀ® 88SE6121 controller:
1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66/33 for up to 2 PATA devices
1 x External SATA 3.0 Gb/s port (SATA On-the-Go)
Silicon Image Sil5723 controller:
2 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s port
Supports RAID 0, 1
August 25, 2008 5:04:19 PM

yeah, many motherboards have two RAID controllers built into them now. One is in the Intel southbridge, the other is the Marvell controller. To the best of my understanding, they're software driven, so not quite as good as an actual hardware RAID controller, but good enough for home user purposes. The difference will be in how many disks it allows you to RAID. The Marvell controller probably only has two SATA ports, while the Intel has 6.