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Abit AL8 Users, help needed to set up for performance

Discussion in 'Motherboards' started by Penguin man, 19 Feb 2006.

  1. Penguin man

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    Thanks for looking,

    I have an AL8 new build.

    Very happy with current set-up but wondered if I have the correct Bios settings for best performance

    Currently have 1 WD Raptor on the Intel Sata 1, a WD 40Gb drive on IDE 1 and DVD RW on IDE 2.

    I have set the Bios to

    IDE bus master ENABLED
    On-chip IDE-1 controller ENABLED
    On-chip Sata mode IDE
    On-chip Sata controller COMBINED MODE
    Pata Ide mode IDE-2

    Any help and advice appreciated
     
  2. WJA96

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    The only performance boost you might get over what you currently have is to move your SATA drive to the second SATA controller near the processor socket, but the bottom line is that you're compromised by having to share the two IDE devices off the one ATA-133 port. I'm assuming that IDE 1 is the master channel for the HDD?

    If you are going to try the second SATA controller then do install the drivers first, otherwise it won't recognise the drive.

    Are you going to overclock at all?
     
  3. Penguin man

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    Thanks for that, The raptor on Intel sata 1 is my boot drive. Will moving it to the silicon sata controller boost performance?
     
  4. Penguin man

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    I ddn't answer the second part, yes to an OC, I've tentatively been up to 3.2 on a quick look for stability, not a huge need to go faster, otherwise I would probably have gone the AMD route.

    Overall need stability and decent performance from components, and I don't mind if this is at stock speed.
     
  5. WJA96

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    The Intel controller is split 6 ways between the 4 SATA channels and the 2 IDE channels. If you take the Raptor off that device then the Intel controller only has to worry about the 2 PATA drives and the SATA controller only has to worry about SATA. That's the only benefit.
     
  6. Penguin man

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    Yes I can see your logic, there is an AHCI mode - for advanced performance and useability, any ideas?
     
  7. WJA96

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    iirc, the only performance enhancement was that it turns on NCQ, but not all Raptor's support NCQ.