I'm doing a new build around an i7-930 in an Antec P183 case with the Corsair CMPSU-750TX and don't plan to overclock. Looking for a recommendation for a decent performing and reliable motherboard with eSATA and SATA 6 Gb/s features (for a future SATA III SSD). Don't need SLI, but will have 2 PCI-Ex16 graphics cards and possibly RAID 0 or 5 for data drives. Looking at the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R, though I won't be using the FDD or IDE connectors. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks!
Ok, so here's the deal. Forget 'bout the P6T. It does'nt match your requirements. Was sleepy last night. Dunno why I chose that
Even the one I have (the rampage III gene) is only gonna give you 3 Gb/s in Raid 0. But really, that should'nt be an issue, because both the Giga & the rampage gene only allows 3 Gb/s in Raid 5 & that really is the one to go for. And both will only do 3Gb/s in Raid 5. You can check the bigger sibling of my board. It's basically the same board with a few extras. Now I don't know whether those extra bells and whistles include 6 Gb/s in RAID.
I have a WD Studio (esata firewire 400/800 with usb 2.0). I have it installed with a new partition. It recognizes and runs and can be written to and also modified. But my issue is that after some time, the drive will disappear. I have to unplug the eSATA port and power & then reconnect everything for it to work. I have got the most recent jmicron drivers from the ASUS website, but still the issue continues. It's irritating the mess outta me. I have a feeling though, that the Jmicron stuff might be to blame. One thing I did notice is that, for some reason Acronis shows it as a RAID drive!!! It does not seem to do this with usb 2.0 or with firewire. I thought that it was probably powering down, so I tried disabling 'HDD power down' in the power options, but that has'nt worked either.
Other than that, it works absolutely perfectly and I love it.
EDIT : (I'm gonna start a thread with this)
Btw, one word of caution...AHCI won't work in RAID. (The JMB363 chip will work with RAID/e-SATA). For single drives to be picked up, you need a SIL3132 PM card.