raid backup

Michael Vince michael at
Sat May 29 03:03:19 PDT 2004

> Maksymilian Wrzesinski wrote:
>> Witaj Michael,
>> W Twoim liście datowanym 25 maja 2004 (03:49:14) można przeczytać:
>> MV> It seems that the the Nforce3 250gb from Nvidia has hardware based 
>> raid MV> built into their chipset for motherboards with a lot of top 
>> shelf
>> i have checked some nforce2 ultra400 boards available at shops
>> arround. it appears that those boards, like msi k7n2 Delta-ILSR,
>> are only capable of having raid on SATA interface, because of
>> only one IDE connector and two SATA's. will it support RAID based on
>> one IDE and one SATA drive?
> I believe the Nforce2 Ultra400 is the older version of the Nforce2 
> chipset these motherboards would probably have an external taiwan based 
> RAID controller chip on the motherboard, you want the Nforce2 
> Ultra400-Gb based motherboard which would have RAID based purely from 
> the nforce2 GB chipset.
> These GB based Nforce chipsets are brand spanking new, I have looked 
> around a bit on the web and I can only see 1 motherboard maker with a 
> motherboard out based on them and thats for the Nforce3 Gb version
> Probably be a few more weeks or maybe a month or 2 before you can buy a 
> motherboard based on this chipset.

Looking around on the net and FreeBSD archives it looks like if you want 
cheap ATA Raid now go with either a Intel motherboard with ICH5 or 
Promise SATA TX2/TX4
The performance of the Intel ICH5 looks very good with low CPU 
utilization (well from what benchmarks in running from MS windows suggest)
I haven't found any clear documentation on what can and cant be used.

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