Looking to put together a new system with AMD Phenom X4 AM+ motherboard.
Looks like the choices for chipsets/SATA controllers are AMD/ATI and NVidia. Can somebody tell me what NOT to get for trouble-free support of optical drives?
The Nvidia controllers look to be offering 5-6 SATA ports, and some others offer 4 plus a secondary controller. the AMD/ATI controllers look to be mostly 4 ports plus secondary controllers.
I need as many SATA ports as I can get, no RAID, and support for at least 2 optical drives and 3-4 hard drives if possible. Will likely use IDE also. Preferring not to go to a PCI card.
I’m assuming that most if not all of the secondary SATA controllers are non-friendly for optical drives.