RAID has always been considered one of those technologies only the most elite of people used usually due to the price of buying multiple hard drives. PATA is long gone and SATA has now well and truly become the only way to go. Until the Raptor drives were released from Western Digital, hard drive performance from one SATA to the next was very close and the purchase of a drive really came down to personal choice - for example, what brand you have had the most luck with in the past.
There are three well known major players in the controller market - Highpoint, Silicon Image and Promise. All three companies offer PCI SATA RAID solutions which we will look at today. Intel, VIA and nVidia also offer a native SATA solution. We will be looking at the one on offer from nVidia today as we recently looked into their latest motherboard chipset, the nForce 3 250.
Today we will have a look at what all these controllers can do for your computer and which one is the best solution for you. We spoke quite a bit about the native Serial ATA support in our recent nForce 3 250 review and we intend to see what kind of performance it offers when placed against its PCI bus constrained competitors. We couldn't stress enough about how much better moving these devices off the PCI bus was - Let's see if we were correct or simply being taken in by nVidia's marketing tactics.
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- Serial ATA RAID Controllers - Page 1 [Introduction]
- Serial ATA RAID Controllers - Page 2 [Western Digital SATA RAID]
- Serial ATA RAID Controllers - Page 3 [Adaptec 1210SA]
- Serial ATA RAID Controllers - Page 4 [Highpoint 1640]
- Serial ATA RAID Controllers - Page 5 [Native nVidia nForce 3 250]
- Serial ATA RAID Controllers - Page 6 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup & SiSoft Sandra 2004]
- Serial ATA RAID Controllers - Page 7 [Benchmarks - PCMark 2002]
- Serial ATA RAID Controllers - Page 8 [Benchmarks - HD Tach 3.00 BETA]
- Serial ATA RAID Controllers - Page 9 [Benchmarks - X-Bit Labs FC Test]
- Serial ATA RAID Controllers - Page 10 [Benchmarks - Boot Time & 3DMark 2001]
- Serial ATA RAID Controllers - Page 11 [Conclusion]
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