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What motherboard do you use with your 3ware controller?

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I have a trusty 3ware 9650SE-4LPML that has served me well for many years, and I have no desire to upgrade it. I would, however, like to upgrade the aging AMD socket AM2 motherboard and CPU that hosts it. The problem is, I read of many people going through painful trial-and-error to find motherboards that work with these controllers. They'll plug into the socket, but the card's not recognized, the machine crashes, the drives aren't recognized, etc. Apparently some motherboards expect only a graphics card to be plugged into their >x1 slots. Of course, many of these storires are now also several years old.

So...

What recently modern motherboard are you using with your 3ware controller? I'm especially interested in any AM3+ boards with onboard video that happen to work. :)

Thanks!

- Chris

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With a 3ware specifically or a RAID controller in general?

Modern boards since at least Sandy Bridge (P67-era) chipsets generlaly have much more complete PCI-e implementations and things work much better.

Back in the old Socket AM2 era (as well as LGA775, etc.) yes, compatibility was much more of an issue, however at least the last three generations of Intel chips (9-series, 8-series, 7-series) it generally isn't much of an issue.

Sadly I have only limited exposure to Socket AM3+ boards on AMD 9-series and 8-series chipset...

Check Xtremesystems.org forums maybe? They do a lot more discussion on this sort of thing there...

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I ended up doing an Intel-based build with an Asus Z97-A motherboard. The operating system is Linux Mint 17.1 The 3ware 9650-4LPML works great in the middle x16 slot (PCIEX16_2). I originally tried the top slot (PCIEX16_1) but this caused the on-board gigabit Ethernet to become nonfunctional. The manual shows that the top x16 slot shares its IRQ with several other things. I guess we are back to the good old days of IRQ conflicts!

Unrelated to the 3ware, I also had issues with this board with reboots hanging or not letting me into the BIOS. (This occurred even without the 3ware card installed.) These problems disappeared once I changed Boot > Fast Boot from Enabled (default) to Disabled.

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