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Old 3rd April 2004, 00:08   #1
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Default (Promise) PCI SATA raid cards

Since I've heard that unless you have the same onboard raid controller, you won't be able to just plug your hdd's in a new mobo without loosing your data (when using raid 0).

So I was thinking of buying me one of those SATA PCI raid cards and since they all seem to be pci 33/66 mhz compatible there would be no risk loosing data when overclocking on a board without PCI/AGP lock.

Now those simple Promise cards aren't all that expensive, not that there cheap :/ but hey...
but I've noticed that some of the (much) more expesive cards have, other then a shitload off features I don't need and will never use, a slot for up to 256 mb SDRAM (non-DDR).

Now my question is this: Is that 256 mb really worth the extra cost (it's like double the price of the more simplified version, it ranges in the low 250Ä's) or is the performance gain neglectible?
Old 3rd April 2004, 00:24   #2
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performance is not worth it for the home user, I think. most people do with a regular PCI/RAID card/mainboard

I think those cards with 256mb ram are only for heavy-duty servers with a high load
Old 3rd April 2004, 10:44   #3
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The card with a memory slot on it is basically an ATA133 controller with Marvell SATA convertors on it.

Kinda beats the whole SATA idea down I think.
Old 3rd April 2004, 18:23   #4
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I don't know how those things work but I get the idea and I don't like the sound of it.
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