RAID 0: Use on-board controller or controller card?

babaghan

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I want to set up a RAID 0 array with the system below and will be adding a second Raptor X shortly. I'm going with a hardware-based setup and my question is should I use the RAID controller built into the Striker Exreme or should I use a controller card? If there is any hogging of system resources from the on-board controller, I will go with the controller card. If I decide to go with a controller card, I'm leaning towards the Highpoint Rocketraid 2300 or 2310.

Windows Vista Ultimate
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
BFG GeForce 8800 GTX OC
Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X2048-6400 2X1GB DDR2-800
Western Digital 150GB Raptor X
Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro Series
Dell E207WFP & Samsung SyncMaster 213T
Asus Striker Extreme Motherboard
PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1KW-SR
Thermaltake Kandalf LCS VD4000WBS
Pioneer DVR-212D DVD/CD Writer
 

RichPLS

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if you do, every Intel C2D, for that matter practically all CPU's can be safely overclocked 5 to 10 percent, more than enough to compensate for performance hit.
 

babaghan

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A little voice deep inside of me is saying I should go with the advice of a guy with over 15000 posts. I can take a <4% hit and anyway my next project is to learn how to overclock this system. Thanks RichPLS!
 

RichPLS

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I am using a Raptor 150 for boot drive, and 2 74GB raptors in RAID0 for scratch disk, and a pair of 250GB drives in RAID 1 for data and storage, then a 500GB drive for backup.
I am using also Asus P5B Deluxe WiFi mobo.
 

rammedstein

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its smart advice, lol, also, it has higher interface bandwidth, not restricted to 1x pci-e or pci. i thought it used the chipsets resources, not the cpus... odd... anyway, either way, your fine. good luck on your ocing.
 

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The one advantage that I can see for a pci card vs. an onboard card would be portability. Change MB, move the raid drives and the controller... Not much help if its your OS drive though.

I suppose that all MB based SATA controllers are not created equal, however, so some investigation into its xor functionality would be worth a deeper look vs. the pci card.

Just supposition on my part as I do not use onboard or pci based raid.
 

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The one advantage that I can see for a pci card vs. an onboard card would be portability. Change MB, move the raid drives and the controller... Not much help if its your OS drive though.

I suppose that all MB based SATA controllers are not created equal, however, so some investigation into its xor functionality would be worth a deeper look vs. the pci card.

Just supposition on my part as I do not use onboard or pci based raid.
 

warshez

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Maybe you should read this

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/2007/01/03/the_southbridge_battle_uk/

It shows nvidia's chipset and intel's chipset performance in raid0.

I would recommend that you get a raid card.