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OCZ Vertex2 in Raid 0 question

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August 15, 2011 3:45:09 AM

Hello
I have a gigabyte X58A UD3R mobo and i am wondering where best to install the raid 0 array: On the Intel ICH10 ports (0-5) or the gigabyte ports (ports 8-9). I have my cdrom/dvd writer and HDD on the ICH10 ports and i am wondering if it is not better for performance sake to install the raid on the two gigabyte ports (uses a gigabyte controller)? Will other devices on my ICH10 ports affect the array performance and if so should i use a dedicated controller like gigabytes to set up the array? conversely, should i move the cd roma and hdd onto prots 8 and 9 and set up the array on ports 0-1? Or does it even matter? Has anyone done this with this mobo? Has anyone had any issues with the intel or gigabyte controllers or heard of issues? Cheers!
a c 537 G Storage
August 15, 2011 5:13:01 AM

Yes, for best performance I would have each device on a separate controller.

I would have the RAID on ports 0 & 1, the HDD on port 6, and the CD/DVD on port 8.


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a c 302 G Storage
August 15, 2011 7:42:52 PM

You are going to have a bit of a performance problem. If I read the manual correctly, this board only has SATA II (3.0 Gb/s) ports, except on the Marvell controller, and they recommend against RAID0 on the Marvell controller. What a pickle.


From the Manufacturer's web site
South Bridge:

1. 6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATA2_0, SATA2_1, SATA2_2, SATA2_3, SATA2_4, SATA2_5) supporting up to 6 SATA 3Gb/s devices
2. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10

Marvell 9128 chip:

1. 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (GSATA3_6, GSATA3_7) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
2. Support for SATA RAID 0, and RAID 1

* SATA3 RAID 0 4x and SATA3 2x performance are maximum theoretical values. Actual performance may vary by system configuration.
* SATA3 SSDs are not recommended for use in RAID 0 mode on Marvell SE9128 ports.

GIGABYTE SATA2 chip:

1. 1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices
2. 2 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (GSATA2_8, GSATA2_9) supporting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devices
3. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, and JBOD

JMicron JMB362 chip:

1. 2 x eSATA 3Gb/s connectors (eSATA/USB Combo) on the back panel sup- porting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devices
2. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, and JBOD
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a c 537 G Storage
August 15, 2011 8:15:41 PM

WyomingKnott said:
You are going to have a bit of a performance problem. If I read the manual correctly, this board only has SATA II (3.0 Gb/s) ports, except on the Marvell controller, and they recommend against RAID0 on the Marvell controller. What a pickle


He has Vertex 2s (SATA II) so he should be ok and get close to maximum performance. If he had Vertex 3 (SATA III) then he would have performance issues.
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