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4port sata controller. Which one pleaase?

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Which 4port sata controller should I buy to connect my 4x WD400YR drives? I'm thinking of built a raid 5 system. The maximun amount of money I can spend is 200-250 euro.

Thank you in advance.

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why don't you simply say what you think or your experience? :(

Raid 5 is very slow on writes unless you buy a highend controller. Raid 0, 1, 0+1, 1+0 is fast on virtually all controllers but look out for duds for example those that doesnt read from brom both drives when running raid 1.

Saw this review (see link below) it might shed some light on raid 5:

http://www.gamepc.com/labs/view_content.as...=raid505&page=1

here's another link:

http://www.tomshardware.com/2005/10/31/sat..._for_scsi_raid/

Edited by stefanpi

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Depends what you need. If cost is the issue and software RAID is acceptable-- performance on software RAID can be excellent-- run software RAID and the cheapest SATA card you can get.

For serious performance, however, you'll want a hardware RAID card, and the only players in that market are expensive-- 3ware 9550SX/9590, Areca ARC-12xx, plus LSI Logic MegaRAID and Adaptec... I'm not sure what pricing is on those in the European market, but I think a 4-port card might just be affordable for US$250-300.

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