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Does Intel's ICH10R have a dedicated RAID Controller?

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December 31, 2009 4:59:12 AM

Hello everyone!

I was wondering about Intel's ICH10R...

I want to put two HDDs in RAID 1 for backup, and was wondering if the ICH10R has a dedicated RAID chip or if it uses CPU cycles.

Basically, does the CPU control the RAID stuff, or does the ICH10R control the RAID stuff by itself?

Thanks! :) 

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December 31, 2009 6:49:41 AM

The ICH10R basically just supplies the SATA ports, it's the chipset drivers (i.e., the software) that's loaded into the operating system that does most of the actual legwork for RAID sets. The biggest significance of the chipset itself in RAID terms is that it contains the BIOS code to create and store the configuration information, as well as providing boot support for an OS on various RAID organizations. This means that, unlike many other software RAID solutions, you're assured of being able to boot from a redundant RAID set (ie RAID 1, 0+1 or 5) that has a failed drive.

So yes, the ICH10R chipset does require CPU cycles in order to run the RAID set. But for RAID 0 and RAID 1 the overhead is so low as to be negligible. RAID 5 requires a little more CPU power because of the need to handle parity calculations, but even so on modern CPUs it's unlikely to use more than just a few percent of the CPU even at very high I/O rates. In fact I'd guess that the RAID CPU overhead is less than the work done in the file system itself to track metadata such as where the file blocks are physically located.
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December 31, 2009 5:44:30 PM

Hehe, thanks for the quick response!

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In fact I'd guess that the RAID CPU overhead is less than the work done in the file system itself to track metadata such as where the file blocks are physically located.


Wow. Well, I guess that makes sense, writing to two drives shouldn't take up many resources...

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Thanks a lot! :D 
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