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ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe - RAID and SSD

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September 20, 2011 11:24:52 AM

My new build will be the first time I've used an SSD for my boot drive. In addition to the SSD (180GB), I plan to use a 4-disk RAID 10 configuration with WD Caviar Black 6 Gb/s drives. Before settling on the ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe MB, I want to be sure it will support this.

Can anyone help? I'm still very new at this!

Thanks!
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September 20, 2011 1:52:34 PM

Yes, that motherboard supports RAID-10, so you should have no issues with your build.
September 20, 2011 2:37:56 PM

If you will be using Intel RST (Rapid Storage Technology) for the Raid 10, be sure to install the latest drivers/software from the Intel download site, since you have the Z68 chipset. Earlier versions have problems with z68.
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September 20, 2011 3:13:32 PM

I wouldn't recommend 'WD Caviar Black 6 Gb/s drive' since they lack TLER support. Instead Hitachi, Seagate, or Samsung which support their versions of TLER. There's no point in SATA3 Interface and simply look for 7200RPM and 16MB or larger cache.

Take a few minutes to read over -> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time-Limited_Error_Recover...
September 20, 2011 9:21:37 PM

That's great information... THANKS! I'll go ahead with the MB I selected and avoid The WD Caviar Black in favor of drives that allow time for the RAID to handle errors.

September 20, 2011 10:26:11 PM

Would there be any concern about using these in my RAID 10 configuration? I just read about SAMSUNG's Command Completion Time Limit (CCTL) in the reference provided by jtennison.

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September 20, 2011 10:54:59 PM
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The Samsung's are perfectly fine for any RAID. RAID 10 is a very good choice with redundancy, low CPU usage, and since it lacks parity it's fine for onboard RAID.

edit after the first boot into Windows verify Start values = 0 -> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976 and verify registry -> http://i1013.photobucket.com/albums/af254/Jaquith/AHCI_...
September 21, 2011 12:13:37 AM

I ordered 4 HD's (1TB). Since the SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3R was the same price as the F3, I went ahead and got that one.

Thanks again for your help!
September 28, 2011 10:15:32 AM

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