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    Wanna Try RAID 3 - PCI Controller and RAIDED RAPTORs for free?

    http://www.scan.co.uk/spu/index.asp?source=hexus_spu

    Check it out - try before you buy.

    We have a full review coming soon - I am sure Steve will post a sneak peek.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David
    I am sure Steve will post a sneak peek.
    What, like this:

    The vast majority of RAID configurations require driver support from the Operating System. When installing to a RAID array, this can introduce lots of fun and games, often requiring the creation of a driver disk from which the Operating System installer can load the drivers. However, Netcell's SPU takes a different approach. Putting it simply, the system sees the RAID controller as an everyday, run of the mill IDE controller. That means any OS with support for generic IDE controllers should, in theory, support the XFX Revo 64 without issue. This is achieved through the 100% hardware RAID implementation of the Revolution SPU. The array is completely managed by the SPU, meaning it can be presented to the rest of the system as a standard IDE device, with no special treatment required.
    I'll say one more thing - these things are pretty damn cool.
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    Its not a new thing though - I'm sure I've seen IDE cards which will support a simple Mirror , yet present a single IDE to the system.

    like this

    http://www.gtweb.net/duplidisk.html

    EDIT: they dont support anything other than a mirror though - a RAID 5 version woudl be neat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moby-Dick
    Its not a new thing though - I'm sure I've seen IDE cards which will support a simple Mirror , yet present a single IDE to the system.

    like this

    http://www.gtweb.net/duplidisk.html

    EDIT: they dont support anything other than a mirror though - a RAID 5 version woudl be neat.

    its coming

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    worth pointing out that it's not *quite* true that any os works, anything non-windows (linux, bsd) needs some kernel patching to work properly. some of it's stuff that's logn overdue anyway, but some of it is netcell-specific

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    Quote Originally Posted by directhex
    worth pointing out that it's not *quite* true that any os works, anything non-windows (linux, bsd) needs some kernel patching to work properly. some of it's stuff that's logn overdue anyway, but some of it is netcell-specific

    Yes it is Windows driver free - but Linux is problematic

    Anyway - thought I would post this to offer people to try it for free - but clearly I was wrong.

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    oh, i've no doubt that it's sexy kit. if it does what it promises, it's a fraction of the price of a 3ware or lsi card for pretty much the same functionality

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    Quote Originally Posted by directhex
    worth pointing out that it's not *quite* true that any os works, anything non-windows (linux, bsd) needs some kernel patching to work properly. some of it's stuff that's logn overdue anyway, but some of it is netcell-specific
    Surely that means we can expect support to be included in a newer kernel release in the near future. At least there's no proprietary driver... right?
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    If you consider the Netcell controller is pretty old already, you would rather want an LSI Megaraid 300-8x or Raidcore BC4852.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kez
    Surely that means we can expect support to be included in a newer kernel release in the near future. At least there's no proprietary driver... right?
    absolutely, but it's all a question of when

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