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ross.w
07-16-04, 09:51 PM
Hi There

Just wondering if there are any advantages of using the NVIDIA raid on the nforce3 250 over an onboard silicon image 3512 raid (for SATA). Is it any faster (in raid 0)

Thanks

Ross

ross.w
08-02-04, 07:00 AM
Has anyone posted any benchmarks on this?

Gator
08-02-04, 09:11 AM
Just to be clear, I think the Nvidia based RAID for SATA drives is only available on the Nforce3 250GB chipset. But regardless if you're talking about IDE or SATA, Nvidia RAID is probably the better way to go. Reason being is everything is integrated into the chipset. That's why the 250GB is more desireable, the integrated SATA controller and RAID allows for less talking back and forth on the motherboard, it's all processed in one chipset. Less work, more play :)

ross.w
08-03-04, 12:04 AM
Is 250GB the same as Ultra? The board is a GA-K8NSNXP939. If this board has only a 250 (not Gb) does that mean the SATA is not part of the chipset, or would it just not have the raid (in which case it is a Gb)

Thanks for the info.

Dazz
08-03-04, 02:17 AM
NV RAID is on all nForce3 boards, but the diffrence being is that the GB has intergrated lan and supports extra SATA ports.

Gator
08-03-04, 06:54 AM
Is 250GB the same as Ultra? The board is a GA-K8NSNXP939. If this board has only a 250 (not Gb) does that mean the SATA is not part of the chipset, or would it just not have the raid (in which case it is a Gb)

Thanks for the info.

Nforce3 150
Nforce3 250
Nforce3 250GB
Nforce3 Ultra

They are all seperate chipsets. Only the 250GB and Nvidia integrated ethernet and SATA RAID support. 250 and Ultra use the Silicon Image chip for SATA raid.

So no, 250GB and Ultra are not the same thing.

Ver
08-03-04, 11:50 AM
Hi There

Just wondering if there are any advantages of using the NVIDIA raid on the nforce3 250 over an onboard silicon image 3512 raid (for SATA). Is it any faster (in raid 0)

Thanks

Ross

Depends on what you mean by advantage. I have teh gigabyte 939 board and use nVidia RAID 0 with two SATA drives. It seems and according to HDtach (20MB)faster than my previous board's SI SATA raid 0. The old board hit a max of 86MB/s and now with the same two drives I hit 102MB/s.

However, I have not tried this boards SI chip. So, it may just be that I have a slightly faster CPU/memory and a better board.

Will I try this boards SI chip? Probably not. :ORDER:

Dazz
08-05-04, 06:50 PM
Nforce3 150
Nforce3 250
Nforce3 250GB
Nforce3 Ultra

They are all seperate chipsets. Only the 250GB and Nvidia integrated ethernet and SATA RAID support. 250 and Ultra use the Silicon Image chip for SATA raid.

So no, 250GB and Ultra are not the same thing.
You are wrong ALL nForce3 Ultra chipsets use NV RAID (as well as Slicon image RAID) don't belive me? download ANY manufatures manual and you can see for yourself, heck MSI freely display it on their site and it's in their manual as well as Gigabytes on how to set up NV RAID.

The diffrence from the 250GB and the 250Ultra is the socket type and the Hyper transport speed.