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Mainboard that supports both RAID1 and RAID5?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by juice142, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. juice142

    juice142 Megabyte Poster

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    Hello again chaps and chapesses!

    I have a pal who has this board. He has a SATA drive for his OS (XP or Vista, I can't remember which) and then has a RAID5 setup on the three remaining SATA drives.

    He wants to set up a RAID1 configuration for his OS, but the board only has four SATA connectors.

    So, folks, the question is do any of you know of a board with similar specs (ie LGA775 etc) that would support this? I've had a Google but I value your experienced opinions!

    Cheers,

    J.

    Cheers
     
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  2. UKDarkstar
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    Don't know for sure without checking (and your friend can do that himself) but, off the top of my head, I'd suggest looking at ASUS, MSI or ASRock (cheaper Asus subsidiary).

    I'm sure you'll find something there that will do the trick (may be at a price tho')

    HTH
     
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  3. juice142

    juice142 Megabyte Poster

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    Thanks for the quick reply!

    It seems that he will need the Intel G45 chipset to accomplish his requirements.

    I found this and this from Gigabyte.

    Anybody had any experience/success/failures with these boards?

    Cheers,

    J.
     
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  4. UKDarkstar
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    Personally never ben a Gigabyte fan but I know a lot who swear by them. I'd rather have the quality of ASUS or MSI myself.
     
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  5. juice142

    juice142 Megabyte Poster

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    Ok, thanks for that, I'll have a look at Asus' offerings.

    Cheers!

    J.
     
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  6. dmarsh

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    Why does he need a new mobo ? Whats wrong with just a RAID card ?

    Get a cheap secondhand Dell PERC 5/6i and use if for RAID 5. Check out the online guides for getting them working in desktops.

    Sometimes Adaptec and LSI cards also come up cheap on ebay.

    Use the onboard Intel ICH_? for RAID 0/1.

    Job done.

    Consider ditching conventional drives and using either one SSD or multiple SSD's to create a RAID 0 array for the boot volume.

    ASUS had some issues with the Marvell RAID controllers / SATA support on their i7 boards. I think Gigabyte as a brand are fine, the overclocking crowd seem to have skewed the debate over mobo quality.
     
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  7. Raffaz

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    Im currently running a gigabyte board and im happy with it, been using asus mobos for years aswell.

    Im also with dmarsh on this one, just get a decent RAID card, they are much better specced than what built in RAID can offer, im currently running an adaptec card in my main build and that has a 4TB RAID5 setup in it
     
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  8. BosonMichael
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    I likes me some ASUS. :)
     
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  9. juice142

    juice142 Megabyte Poster

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    Thanks for the input chaps!

    Why does he want it? Ours is not to reason why etc.

    We finally settled on this little sweetheart.

    And he wants it quiet so we got one of these.

    It looks like a mainboard with the London eye attached. :biggrin

    J.
     
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