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    reccomend a raid controller card?

    looking to set up 4 x 40GB Maxtor fireball 3's striped in my system - can anyone reccomend a decent raid pci card that reasonably priced .... i seem to find cards for either £250 or £20 - anyone have any recomendations ...

    any advice much appreciated

    ps. motherboard is an asus a7n8x dlx if that is of any relevance

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    Highpoint 4 channel card

    Highpoint Rocket Raid 404 4Ch ATA133 Raid Host Adaptor £78.14 inc. VAT (scan.co.uk).

    I wouldn't recommend going for a 2 channel card as they will simply cane your performance.

    I used to have one of these onboard my EPoX 8K5A3+.. and striped 4 x WD SE 8MB cache drives. They are awesome and cheap

    4 drives is pretty excessive though talk about maxing out the PCI bus!
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    so do you think 4 drives would offer still a signifiicant performance increase ...
    its just i have 4 laying around at work and need some extra storage - thought raid would be the obvious solution but maybe i should just get a card to add more ide ports

    ur thoughts

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    The performance difference between 2 and 4 isn't big.

    The PCI limits the possiblities quite considerably.

    2 in a RAID-0 would be a better bet. Infact, you wanted some safety as well, you could raid 0+1.

    2 drives as drive C:
    2 more drives mirroring that virtual C: drive.

    Security and speed. There are obvious CPU load overheads with this but if you have a fast system, they are minimal. I've been running this setup for a while and my JB's do nearly 100mb in ATTO benchmarks (16k stripe/16k cluster)

    Adding additional IDE ports is the other option.

    It depends on how much space you need and what you want to do with the system.

    RAID is a nice option but IDE raid is a little overblown in just what it can actually do. It's not _that_ much faster unless you use it in the right places with the applications (scratch file for photoshop, temp files....)
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    Eh... Hold on. The RocketRAID 4 channel S-ATA controller has 2 internal and 2 external channels... So how are you going to use all 4 channels if you're only internal devices?
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    Originally posted by spikegifted
    Eh... Hold on. The RocketRAID 4 channel S-ATA controller has 2 internal and 2 external channels... So how are you going to use all 4 channels if you're only internal devices?
    That is the ATA not SATA controller
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    Originally posted by Shorty
    That is the ATA not SATA controller
    Huh... Shot from the hip, again... Sorry!
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    Originally posted by spikegifted
    Huh... Shot from the hip, again... Sorry!
    Heh. We all do it mate
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