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RAID card in PCI-e x 16 slot

Discussion in 'Motherboards' started by nathanc, 22 Apr 2010.

  1. nathanc

    Gangster

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    I have an ASRock 939NF6G-VSTA which I use as a server running Server 2008 R2 which is 64 bit and is based on the Windows 7 NT kernel.

    I recent bought two 2TB Green WD Advanced Format drives and I have had all sorts of problems setting up a RAID array using the Nvidia SATA ports.

    The motherboard has a free PCI-e X16 slot, intended for graphics, but I could quite easily add a RAID card.

    Would a PCI-e Raid card operate in this slot and would I get the full bandwidth?

    I ask this because I wonder if it is worth the investment in a Hardware Raid solution over the typical software cards or motherboard RAID.
     
  2. nathanc

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    Oh its an Athlon 3500 with 2gb DDR 333mhz
     
  3. axer

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    Yes that will be fine, I've done it a number of times with PCI-E 8x RAID cards :)
     
  4. jbloggs

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    Yes...

    Yes...

    I would only go the (true) hardware RAID option if you are going to use RAID5/6 and need high write transfers (onboard processor/ram doing the parity calculations) because of high price (or maybe get a Perc 5i)...otherwise I would just buy a software RAID implementation which will give you lower write speeds using RAID5/6 but still quite usable...
     
  5. nathanc

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    Actually, I only need RAID 1 so I suspect a hardware RAID option would be complete overkill.
     
  6. nathanc

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    I was thinking about one of these perhaps?

    Two reviewers commented on the performance being worse than on board Intel RAID but I suspect they didn't have the PCI-e bandwidth available!
     
  7. jbloggs

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    You would probably find something on the bay...

    EDIT: I see that motherboard has 1 x PCI-E x1 slot, is this occupied, if not you could install a 2 port SATA RAID card in that which will give more than enough bandwidth (250 MB/s) for RAID1...
     
    Last edited: 22 Apr 2010
  8. jellybeard999

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    I'd be careful using the first 16x slot, some motherboards disable onboard gpu if a card is inserted (assuming it's a graphics card). I'm not saying it will do this, but I'd try to confirm it doesnt first :)