I'm not sure if this is the best place to put it, so if not feel free to move it. I'm in the process of buildling a new desktop and I just got a GA-X58A-UD3R mainboard. I'm planning on putting 3 drives into the machine, an SATA2 SSD for the OS and applications, and 2 other larger drives for storage set up as RAID 1.
The mainboard itself has 2 SATA2 controllers, the southbridge and a JMicron chip. My question is whether there are any advantages to putting the SSD drive on one controller and the RAID drives on the other controller, or whether it won't make any difference. Thanks.
Intels ICH10 generally performs better than JMicron's controller. If you're running win 7, I'd recommend putting the RAID on the JMicron since I don't think the ICH10 controller can pass along the trim function to SSD's when in raid mode. Also, since the raid is just being used for storage I don't think the performance will be much of an issue.
I probably should have clarified. The two drives for RAID aren't SSD. Thanks for the info though, that was my suspicion but its been so long since I kept up on new hardware information that I thought I'd ask.
No need to clarify. I understood. I commented on that because you can still have the ICH10 controller in raid mode, hang all 3 drives off of it and still have the SSD running as a single drive while the other two drives are in RAID 1. In this scenario, the raid will have better performance than the JMicron, but you'll lose the trim function on the SSD.