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What does Raid mean on the kt7a raid

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rhosier

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Is Raid a built in scsi controller. What is good about paying the extra cash for the raid motherboard?
 

Tachyon

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rhosier (Mar 20, 2001 01:02 p.m.):
Is Raid a built in scsi controller. What is good about paying the extra cash for the raid motherboard?

It is an IDE RAID controller. Abit uses HighPoint RAID controllers on their motherboards. With RAID you can configure multiple HD's to act as one large drive using a method called "striping". It writes to all drives on the array simultaneously and speeds up data transfer. It is most effective on large files that are "bursty".

Terry
 
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Nomis

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The Raid will kill bugs when they are within three inches from the motherboard.

Seriouly, It is IDE RAID, It advertised it will perform faster than SCSI, but you won't really see nor benefit much performance if you are not into audio/video editing. One of the reason to get the Raid version is to combine two 45gb+ hd into a 90gb+. In term of performance, Ex. an IBM 75GXP hard drive will have a sandra score of around 23000, est 7 sec average seek time. a Raid setup will get you 42000+ but only 8 sec avg seek time. In my opinion, If supersize hard drive space is not what you are looking for, then Raid is not good for you.
 

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Nomis (Mar 20, 2001 02:04 p.m.):
The Raid will kill bugs when they are within three inches from the motherboard.

Seriouly, It is IDE RAID, It advertised it will perform faster than SCSI, but you won't really see nor benefit much performance if you are not into audio/video editing. One of the reason to get the Raid version is to combine two 45gb+ hd into a 90gb+. In term of performance, Ex. an IBM 75GXP hard drive will have a sandra score of around 23000, est 7 sec average seek time. a Raid setup will get you 42000+ but only 8 sec avg seek time. In my opinion, If supersize hard drive space is not what you are looking for, then Raid is not good for you.

Even if you don't use the RAID functionality you get more IDE connectors.

Terry
 
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rhosier

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If i don't use the Raid function should I still buy the Kt7a raid? I plan on putting a t-bird 1ghz chip in it. Do you guys think this is the best motherboard for the Tbird?

Thanks

Ryan
 

Tachyon

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rhosier (Mar 20, 2001 02:29 p.m.):
If i don't use the Raid function should I still buy the Kt7a raid? I plan on putting a t-bird 1ghz chip in it. Do you guys think this is the best motherboard for the Tbird?

Thanks

Ryan

The "best" is a matter of individual preference. Abit makes good boards and SoftMenu III is great. I don't think you'd be sorry with it.

The extra you pay for RAID gives you the option of 4 IDE devices set to master as opposed to two.

Terry
 
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Nomis

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Tachyon, thank for reminding me just for the use of separate ide function, four ide master sure beat two, and the hard drive, cd-rom and cdrw drive all should be on master for optimum setting. For ten dollars more, I say why not. The Abit is a very good overclocker, but I wanted to try something new and went for the Iwill KK266-R, It doesn't has a northbridge chipset cooler but It still manage to overclock to 160MHz fsb for me. Too bad it doesn't come with an usb controller like abit.
 
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Oh ya, the Iwill motherboard in so big, I can't use the third drive bay anymore, maybe Abit KT7A/Raid doesn't not have the same problem. Just thought you should know.
 

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If me was u id get standard KT7A.... I have 2x4GB drives and i dont mind them being on 4 separate partitions.....
Its kinda handy....
They're old... 8)
 
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JEFF

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One of the literal meanings is redundant array of inexpensive drives,for mirroring(performance) and error checking.as to the kt7a raid board,i have one with only 1 drive but can always add more.