10 IDE devices directly connected to a motherboard

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#1

From Anandtech.com :

DFI PRO875 :

In combination with the Primary and Secondary IDE connectors, two Serial ATA connectors, and the two HighPoint RAID connectors the PRO875 is capable of supporting up to a total of ten IDE drives :


#2

I only count 8:
MB IDE = 4
SATA = 2
Raid = 2
Or can the RAID take 4 if you’re not using RAID??


#3

@rdgrimes: Only some cheap Promise onboard controllers refuse 4 drives in non-raid-mode.


#4

Originally posted by alexnoe
@rdgrimes: Only some cheap Promise onboard controllers refuse 4 drives in non-raid-mode.

Well those raid controllers aren’t that cheap. A lot of them are just downgraded because of all kinds of license problems.

I hacked my mainboards bios and now have a full TX2 plus onboard :slight_smile:


#5

If you calc (price of Mobo incl raid ) - (price of mobo w/o raid), then the raid-add-on is cheap…


#6

Originally posted by alexnoe
If you calc (price of Mobo incl raid ) - (price of mobo w/o raid), then the raid-add-on is cheap…

I guess that is partially because of the recuded costs by integrating a controller into a motherboard, instead of building a PCI card around a chip…

But hey, if it is cheap and it’s good… there’s nothing to complain about :slight_smile:


#7

I’m soon going to have my 2 SATA posts filled with WD Raptors in striped RAID, 4 opticals on MB IDE, and at least 2 WD-JB drives on a TX2 controller card. :bigsmile: :bigsmile: Personally, I prefer not to have so much on the MB, I don’t trust them that much. Seems like the MB makers have a lot of trouble with driver conflicts, especially the SATA. I wonder though if IRQ asssignments might work better with everything on MB, but if they don’t, you’re stuck not being able to move things around.
I also note that this board doesn’t have SB cooling. (easy to fix)


#8

Originally posted by rdgrimes
I’m soon going to have my 2 SATA posts filled with WD Raptors in striped RAID, 4 opticals on MB IDE, and at least 2 WD-JB drives on a TX2 controller card. :bigsmile: :bigsmile: Personally, I prefer not to have so much on the MB, I don’t trust them that much. Seems like the MB makers have a lot of trouble with driver conflicts, especially the SATA. I wonder though if IRQ asssignments might work better with everything on MB, but if they don’t, you’re stuck not being able to move things around.
I also note that this board doesn’t have SB cooling. (easy to fix)

Well I can tell you that my modded TX2 plus works like a charm… speed is very good, not a single stability problem etc etc.

2x raptor is superb. I only own one and that one’s really fast. Maybe if I got some spare money later this summer, I’ll buy another raptor for a RAID 0 array.


#9

I’ve been hoping the Raptor price will come down, but it seems to be going up! :frowning:


#10

Originally posted by rdgrimes
I’ve been hoping the Raptor price will come down, but it seems to be going up! :frowning:

Strange, as the price on the Raptor is going down in the Netherlands (went down ?12 since I bought it 3 weeks ago).

BTW what is tis topic about anyway? Seems to be more of a chat rather than a hardware question. I think I move this one to the livingroom, as there is no problem or discussion here…


#11

Yup, the WD Raptor series price has dropped by more than 60% in the past few weeks. Man, looks like I’ll have to get me another new mobo w/ SATA RAID and and pair of 36GB for some serious RAID action.

But speaking of 10 HDs, why the hell do you need that many? That’s not even efficient, not to mention expensive. Just get yourself (4) Maxtor 160GB/8MB and RAID them as a pair, then get a pair of Raptor 36GB and RAID them too… man, talk about serious porn storage at break neck access speed.


#12

I don’t need that many HDDs, but I have currently 7 IDE devices…and I need to connect them to somewhere.

Currently, 3 CDVD drives are connected onboard, 2 hard disc to a PCI card, and 2 more DVD-ROMs to the onboard RAID (flashed to plain ATAPI)…


#13

The Raptor currently ranges from $138 at NewEgg to $250 at CompUSA. So it’s dropped at NewEgg and who knows what’s up with CompUSA.
Anyway, there’s no such thing as too many IDE ports. :wink:


#14

Originally posted by Stoner
[B]Yup, the WD Raptor series price has dropped by more than 60% in the past few weeks. Man, looks like I’ll have to get me another new mobo w/ SATA RAID and and pair of 36GB for some serious RAID action.

But speaking of 10 HDs, why the hell do you need that many? That’s not even efficient, not to mention expensive. Just get yourself (4) Maxtor 160GB/8MB and RAID them as a pair, then get a pair of Raptor 36GB and RAID them too… man, talk about serious porn storage at break neck access speed. [/B]

You’ll need one fat pipe to fill up all that HD space…


#15

Originally posted by SkYLiNe
[B]

You’ll need one fat pipe to fill up all that HD space… [/B]

Just did a dslreports speed test and here’s the result -

2003-06-17 18:36:57 EST: 9453 / 8658
Your download speed : 9453061 bps, or 9453 kbps.
A 1153.9 KB/sec transfer rate.
Your upload speed : 8658008 bps, or 8658 kbps.
Seems like broadband … above the 1mbit barrier!


#16

that’s ur broadband connection Stoner? who’s ur provider? that’s not only above 1mbit, it’s close to 10mbit.


#17

It’s my work connection. :bigsmile: But of course, it’s way off topic and has nothing to do w/ filling up large qualities of HD space at home. I only have a 1.5MB DSL at home to fill up the 400GB of HDs.