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    XFX Revo 64 RAID Card - Good Idea?

    I can get one for about £6, and I plan on RAID0'ing two 7200.10 drives - would the RAID card be better than my onboard ICH9R southbridge?

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    Re: XFX Revo 64 RAID Card - Good Idea?

    Why not read this review.It looks like hardware raid, so will not put any pressure on the CPU (which onboard would). It is also raid 3, which is different to what will be supported on ICH9R (read about it in the like)..

    Looks a solid buy at £6

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    Re: XFX Revo 64 RAID Card - Good Idea?

    The XFX Revo 64 uses the PCI bus, a bottle neck and will actually reduce performance compared to the onboard ICH9R.

    You're better off sticking with onboard RAID, only a PCI-X or PCI-E RAID card could do any better but expect to pay big bucks. However £6 is a bargain and you might as well grab it for future use.

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    Re: XFX Revo 64 RAID Card - Good Idea?

    is there more than one of these up for grabs by any chance ?

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    Re: XFX Revo 64 RAID Card - Good Idea?

    I use one of these - it works well, and is extraordinarily good value for money considering that they were almost ten times the price when they first came out.

    However it is a discontinued and unsupported product, and it still represents a single point of failure on your system, so at that price buy two - just in case - and keep one in its box as a spare.

    I use mine on a linux system in RAID1 with two drives and it worked straight out of the box. The only downsides (for me) is that there is no OS software to monitor array status and I can't use the linux tools to monitor SMART parameters through the card. However there is monitoring software for Windows systems.

    The other plus is that there is no need for any OS driver - the array just appears as a normal device onto which the OS system is installed.
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    Re: XFX Revo 64 RAID Card - Good Idea?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoNz0 View Post
    is there more than one of these up for grabs by any chance ?
    Scan Today Only - been on there for this price (or £8) for a year or so.



    Also, if I did get this to fit into my PC i'd need a new second graphics card (I have an Asus P5K-E, an 8800GTX and a 6600GT for my third monitor - atm i have an over-sized cooler on the 6600GT which means that my X-Fi is below the 8800GTX as the slot below the 6600GT is filled by the cooler - so i'd need to get a single height 8400GS or similar), so that's why I haven't just done it straight away. I do have a £7 voucher for Scan, but I need to spend over £20 for free delivery...

    EDIT - Would the PCI-bus be a bottleneck?

    EDIT - Balls. They have gone again

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    Re: XFX Revo 64 RAID Card - Good Idea?

    There's a reason they're so cheap.

    Netcell (who make the chip used on the Revo) are gone and it's now several generations old RAID tech.

    Modern software RAID can probably compare quite well to a Revo, although loads will be worse during degrade/rebuild.
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    Re: XFX Revo 64 RAID Card - Good Idea?

    The firmware hasn't changed for a long long time now and can have problems with newer hard drives.

    I have one of the 5 port cards (no longer available) and it's a bit pants anyway. It kept loosing the connection to drives at random, basically more trouble that is was worth.

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    Re: XFX Revo 64 RAID Card - Good Idea?

    I chucked mine as it wouldn't see a 1TB drive.

    Well, ok, that's a lie. It would 'see' it, when it felt like it and provided the moon was blue. It sounds similar to what Funkstar was saying above.

    There is no way in a million years I'd move from a ICH9R to it. The ICH9R is a solid RAID solution in my experience if it meets your needs
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    Re: XFX Revo 64 RAID Card - Good Idea?

    ok i think i will avoid it.

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    Re: XFX Revo 64 RAID Card - Good Idea?

    Cheers - money saved!

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    Re: XFX Revo 64 RAID Card - Good Idea?

    May be cheap but still money wasted.

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