I'm not a hardcore gamer, but gaming's the most stress my drives will see. No FPS, mostly RTS, non-WoW MMO, and strategy.
I will be purchasing two SATA 3.0gb 320gb 7200.10's from Seagate, with intent to mirror. Performance? Well, an increase in read performance would be nice, but it's mostly for redundancy. I do not have PCI-Express, only PCI.
Trying to find RAID cards on Newegg is highly confusing. I could buy a $15 or a $100 one, though I'd prefer $50 or so tops. So, some questions.
â€¢ Is SATA 3.0gb worth it on a straight PCI bus? What's the maximum PCI transfer rate?
â€¢ I have SATA on my motherboard, but I'm not sure the onboard RAID capability will do better than a separate controller. What say you? With the PCI limitation, I wonder if the onboard controllers can do a better job. Since it's mirroring, I'm not worried about keeping the drives with the card when I transfer them to a true server chassis in the future.
â€¢ All that said, if I should be getting a separate controller card, which one?
The driver issues for this card scare me a little, but the card otherwise seems to be dandy.