Despite the fact that some people are telling me that I will have problems to edit/capture my videos using the Blackmagic since the PCI slot will make everything slower. Is that right? I don't want to use any PCI-E SATA controller because I will only have one slot and not 3 PCI-slots on my motherboard.
I know but using PCI slots, I might add 12 aditional Hard Disk Drives. Total of 18 HDs.
I assume e-SATA means = external HD, I don't want one.
The problem using SATA controllers having PCI-E slots it's the fact that they are very expensive (this SATA controller using normal PCI slots is worth 50$ - a SATA controller having PCI-E is worth 200-300 $).
And if you find one SATA controller using PCI-E and capable of storing more than 4 SATA-II/300 drives, it should be worth 500-1000 dollars. A single HD is worth less than 200 $.
So, if I will use the Blackmagic capture card and a 8800 GTS 512 MB video card, I will only have one free PCI-E slot on the Abit IP35 Pro.
That's why I need to know if it's a good idea to use this cheap SATA controller, and 4 Hard Drives on her.
I might not use RAID. But one thing is certain - I will capture videos, not uncompressed I believe, but compressed without losses, this way I believe the image quality will be the same. Videos from my VHS tapes, analogic TV, camcorder and perhaps from the High-Definition TV, using a res. higher than 720x480.
I don't know if this SATA controller using PCI slots/4 HDs will cause me any problems when I start to do this... I will also store many videos, so much space is required (6 HDs will not be enough).
you can plug them in as needed. thats why eSata has come about.
I assume you are some sort of a meglomaniac who wants to store the world or an incredable cheapskate who wants to reuse a pile of 10 gig drives scalvaged from computer found on the curb on trashday. either way, I doubt I'll get through to you with reason.