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Build Advice WD Raptors - RAID 0

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by RawZ, 23 Apr 2009.

  1. RawZ

    RawZ What's a Dremel?

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    I've acquired 3 37GB Raptors and want to put them in a RAID 0 array.

    I take it i will need a RAID card to handle the speeds so what would you recommend - preferably on a budget.
     
  2. saspro

    saspro IT monkey

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    What's the rest of the kit?
     
  3. RawZ

    RawZ What's a Dremel?

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    AMD Phenom II X3 720 BE @ 3.8Ghz on a Asus M2N68. Would i actually need a Raid card or will it be just fine without?
     
  4. saspro

    saspro IT monkey

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    You should be able to use the onboard controller.
    You won't get any massive boost from using a proper card without spending big bucks.
     
  5. Guest-23315

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    With 3, I'd be inclined to use one as a 'boot' drive, and then set the other two up in RAID 0 for games and programs..

    And yes, you should be fine with the onboard controller.
     
  6. Frohicky1

    Frohicky1 Awaits his moosey fate . . .

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    Agreed, you'll need to spend more than £100 to make a raid controller worthwile. The main problem with the old raptors is while they have low access times, they also have low throughputs. Raid0 should sort that :D
     
  7. Herr_SturmGeist

    Herr_SturmGeist What's a Dremel?

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    Not just low throughput but also low size :D Regardless, 3 of them in RAID 0 shouldn't be able to saturate the controller though CPU usage might increase, and for the price of a dedicated RAID card you could get an SSD.
     
  8. docodine

    docodine killed a guy once

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    Are they SATA? The only 37gb Raptors that I know of are SCSI.
     
  9. Frohicky1

    Frohicky1 Awaits his moosey fate . . .

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    I think (but I only remember vaguely) that you can get SATA 37gb raptors, they're just SCSI ones with a bolt on SATA interface :D no NCQ though?

    I know what your saying about ssd, for £190 you could get a 60GB OCZ Vertex, 230MB/s read, 60MB/s write, 0.1ms access time, 64MB cache. Thats probably around the cost of a four port raid controller.
     

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