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Serial ATA adapter or PCI RAID card?

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March 10, 2003 7:21:28 PM

Well here's the deal, I HAD a A7V333 mobo with a RAID 0 Array of 2 WD 80Gig hard drives. Now I am 99% sure I will have to buy another mobo. If this happens, I plan on getting an A7N8X Deluxe. As this has board has onboard Serial ATA RAID, which would you choose:

Option 1 - Buy a PCI RAID card for IDE drives ($70)

Option 2 - Buy 2 IDE to Serial Adapters and use the onboard RAID ($50 for 2 adapters)

Which would degrage the perfomance more, the serial to ide adapter or the pci bandwidth?

Lobbest thou thy Holy Hand-Grenade of Antioch...
March 11, 2003 6:38:51 AM

LOL, let me address that last question first:

The Serial ATA controller on the A7N8X Deluxe is a PCI device! So what it really boils down to is the efficiency of the controllers and adapters. A top notch PCI RAID controller would perform better, but when it comes to ordinary controllers, your guess is as good as mine!

<font color=blue>Watts mean squat if you don't have quality!</font color=blue>
March 11, 2003 1:49:14 PM

So what you are telling me is that there is no difference between an on-board device as opposed to an add-in card as far as speed, etc...? If this is the case, how much does an adapter degrade throughput?

Lobbest thou thy Holy Hand-Grenade of Antioch...
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