P35-DQ6: SATA Question

mis33

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Qunestions on SATA/ESATA connections in the GA-P35_DQ6:

1. I know these ports (SATAII0, SATAII1, SATAII2, SATAII3,SATAII4, SATAII5) come from the South Bridge and these one (GSATAII0, GSATAII1) come from GIGABYTE SATA2 chip. What difference(s) does it make for the end-users?

2. Which ports should be used to connect the External SATA bracket?

 

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South Bridge for intel RAID, Gigabyte for gigabyte RAID. Intel's RAID has RAID 5 and 10 if I remember correctly. Gigabytes has only 2 ports if i remember that correctly two hence raid 0.
 

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I see, it only makes a difference if Raid is used!

So, if I don't plan on using Raid at all, which ports should I use for the ESATA blackets? Any difference in speed and system resources?
 

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What are the reason(s) to stay off these special ports (GSATAII0, GSATAII1) in term of speed and resource?

I was thinking to connect the ESATA bracket to these 2 ports and leave the other ports for internal hard drives and optical drives. I plan to buy an external HDD for backup using this ESATA connection.
 

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Affects master drives which allow windows to Detect C: D: E: etc...
But you can set hard disk priority. This is not boot priority. I'm using GSATA0 and 1 for RAID at the moment.
In terms of speed, it's not difference you can really feel, so don't bother thinking which port to stick to.