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Cheap 4 port raid 5 card

Discussion in 'Storage & Backup' started by DeejW, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. DeejW

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    Hey guys, Im wanting to run a 8tb raid 5 in my new build and found this card on feebay:

    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=270580701371&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

    I realize this wont be a well performing card but its just streaming over wireless network at home so it wont be an issue. Its win7 64 bit compatible which is a relief as Ive read a lot of raid cards have problems in 64bit OS. If anyone can tell me if this has any major problems it would be most helpful
     
  2. FatBoyNotSoSlim

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    Google/ebay harder and get a SIL3124 with 4 internal ports, such as: http://cgi.ebay.com.au/SATA-II-4-PO...149?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c10e141a5

    With a bit mroe searching, you can find them on pcie1x ports aswell, which I'd suggest as that'll up bandwidth from 100MB/s of PCI to 250MB/s of PICE1x. EDIT: here: http://cgi.ebay.com.au/PCIe-PCI-exp...105?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4a9dbb5629

    As for using them, I've been using a SIL3132 or 22 (forgot which) which is a PCIE1x with 2 ports, and they boot up perfectly in the bios and my drives are detected in linux. So they are perfect for hardware raid.
     
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    thanks mate, will look for a pci x one. always thought pci was 150mb max so I wasnt too fussed but 100mb is a bit crippling.
     
  4. FatBoyNotSoSlim

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    To be honest, I can't recall what the exact bandwidth ratings are, but I do know that pcie1x outdoes PCI by quite a bit. Also, take a look out for the Sil3132 as thats a proper pcie1x chipset/card, where as the ones I linked above just use a pci to pcie converter chip.

    Ignoring all that, the SIL cards are well supported for just about all OSs, and the driver from the cd/SIL's website or even Windows Update should do you well.
     
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    thanks for the info, really helpful. Just have to check now if my wd20ears drives are compatible.
     
  6. Oblong Cheese

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    What's the deal with all these controller cards having a 2+2 configuration (2 eSATA, 2 internal SATA)?

    Why no cards with four internal SATA ports? :confused:
     
  7. FatBoyNotSoSlim

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    It's basically how the chipset from SIL is/was meant to be used. Hence why if you look around more, chinese OEMs configure them differently. IE the SIL3124 was meant to be a PCI/PCI-X chip, but OEMs have bridged that onto a PCIE1x card.

    I bought a bunch of cheap 2+2 cards that have jumps on them, and only support 2 at a time. for the $15ea I paid for them, they make excellent expansion cards when you just need more ports for JBOD or software raid.
     
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    an old promise tx4 will do 266MB/sec being PCI 2.3, _most_ motherboards are 2.3 nowdays.

    but fuck this shit. if youre cheap just get yourself a highpoint 2000 series card.

    you wont have any issues with PCI being slow for what you seem to want to use it for though however.

    DeejW do you have a pci x slot free?
     
  10. _SiL3nT_

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    i Do Not Recon U Should Get one Of These Cards I Have Had The Experience Of Buying One The Raid They Support is Raid 0 They Dont Have Fast Read And Write Times And The Other Raids Are Software Raids
     
  11. ics

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    Save yourself the time, energy and pain of DIY raid and just buy a cheap 8Tb NAS

    T
     
  12. WooKiE_MaN

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    no need for caps on every word buddy lol

    your better off getting a PCI-E card mate, better then PCI by far
     
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    even the slowest software raid5 gets more than 250MB/sec without issues... faster than i heard its only the speed of one disk.
     
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    After doing some reading, my WD20EARS dont seem to play nice in RAID so Il have to rethink this plan.
     
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    I wouldn't trust a sil3124 for RAID5
    Had one in a server doing 4x400GB R5, performance was about 30MB/s and after a few months it decided the drives weren't in RAID anymore
     
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    depends on your hardware.
     
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    +1

    I have 8 of them running fine on a RR 2320.
     

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