Howdy, I' just purchased the Asus Z8PE-D12 to host my Xeon 5540's and i have a handful of SAS drives and figured the SAS ports will work just fine. Is the PIKE card required to use the SAS ports? because i was thinking that it was a performance boost by adding in the cards. not a big deal, this board is arriving tomorrow so i will just have to make the purchase and get one of the PIKES sent out.
Also from the PIKE 1068E vs 1078, there is quite a price difference there. I saw that the 1078 has a cache and supports a larger variety of RAID Arrays and then i saw that the 1068E only supports having 2 RAID arrays so if you wanted a 3rd array or whatever, i need to spring for the big daddy. Is this all correct?
Thank You in advance