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I Need A Raidcard That Supports 3tb Drives With Onboard Cache

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I am looking to buy one, but I would like some suggestions I would like to keep it under $400 and I dont mind if it is a used card.

 

any suggestions?

 

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Specs:

ASUS P9X79 WS LGA 2011 I

3   3TB drives raid 5

2  ssds raid 0


My Setup:


CPU: I7-3930k @ 4.5GHz | Cooling: Corsair H100 in PP /w NF-F12 | MOBO: Asus P9X79 WS LGA 2011 | RAM  32 GB Mushkin Redline @  2133  | GPU:  (2) Sapphire 7970 GHz 6G edition | Case:  NZXT Switch 810 | Storage: Raid 0: Mushkin ssd total 480 GB | PSU: XFX ProSeries 1250W


Displays: (3) Acer GD235HZbid (120 hz) with a Ergotech Triple Monitor ArmStand /w telescoping wings | Keyboard: Xarmor black backlight mechanical with cherry blues | Mouse: Roccat Kone XTD  | Sound: Logitech 5.1 Z-5500 and Astro A-40's

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Posted · Original PosterOP

ops i guess i could have mentioned that, its going to be in a workstation.

 

 

ASUS P9X79 WS LGA 2011 I

My Setup:


CPU: I7-3930k @ 4.5GHz | Cooling: Corsair H100 in PP /w NF-F12 | MOBO: Asus P9X79 WS LGA 2011 | RAM  32 GB Mushkin Redline @  2133  | GPU:  (2) Sapphire 7970 GHz 6G edition | Case:  NZXT Switch 810 | Storage: Raid 0: Mushkin ssd total 480 GB | PSU: XFX ProSeries 1250W


Displays: (3) Acer GD235HZbid (120 hz) with a Ergotech Triple Monitor ArmStand /w telescoping wings | Keyboard: Xarmor black backlight mechanical with cherry blues | Mouse: Roccat Kone XTD  | Sound: Logitech 5.1 Z-5500 and Astro A-40's

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Look at Adaptec's RAID cards. They're pretty fantastic.


Desktop: Intel Core i7-5820K, Corsair H115i, Asus X99-Deluxe/USB 3.1, G.Skill Ripjaws4 32GB 2800MHz CL16, Asus Strix 1080 Ti, Samsung 950 Pro 512GB in Angelbird Wings PX1, Samsung 850 EVO 500GB, 2*Seagate Barracuda 3TB, 2*WD Red 3TB, 2*Barracuda 2TB, Cooler Master V1200, Phanteks Enthoo Luxe, Windows 10 Pro & OpenSUSE Tumbleweed. Asus PB27AQ, Corsair Vengeance K95 RGB Cherry MX Brown, Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum, Sennheiser HD700.

 

Dell Latitude E7450: Intel Core i7-5600U, G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB 1600MHz CL11, Samsung 850 EVO 500GB. Windows 10 Pro & OpenSUSE Tumbleweed. Logitech Anywhere MX.

 

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Honestly, you would have no problem running all of that off the the onboard controller. The x79 chipset has 2x sata 6gb/s ports (for the ssd's) and 4 sata 3gb/s (for the HDD's). 3gb/s will be more than enough for mechanical drives.

 

Now, that being said, if you're still dead set on getting a raid controller and you want to run all 5 of those devices off of it, you're going to need a controller with 8 ports (they only come in multiples of 4) which is going to run you considerably more than 400$ if you want a good one (and raid controllers are like PSU's, never ever go cheep).

 

If you can't tell yet I really suggest that you use onboard (coming from someone who uses a 3rd party controller for raid 6). BUT if you're still dead set on getting one, go for an lsi 9260 -8i or an adaptec 7805. You can pick up the lsi card for 400$ or so on ebay.

 

I have the 4i (4 port) version of the lsi card and I've had no major issues with it. I'm running 4x3TB wd reds off of it in raid 6 and I get 185MB/s reads or so and up to 240MB/s writes. As a warning though, raid cards get HOT. As in, if you shut down the machine, you better give it a few minutes before you even think about touching the card because it will burn your fingers (learned that the hard way :/) so unless you're running it in a rackmount box with some crazy high cfm fans, then you might want to prepare to replace the heat sink.


Workstation: 3930k @ 4.3GHz under an H100 - 4x8GB ram - infiniband HCA  - xonar essence stx - gtx 680 - sabretooth x79 - corsair C70 Server: i7 3770k (don't ask) - lsi-9260-4i used as an HBA - 6x3TB WD red (raidz2) - crucia m4's (60gb (ZIL, L2ARC), 120gb (OS)) - 4X8GB ram - infiniband HCA - define mini  Goodies: Røde podcaster w/ boom & shock mount - 3x1080p ips panels (NEC monitors for life) - k90 - g9x - sp2500's - HD598's - kvm switch

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Oh and in response to your title, basically all modern raid cards support 3tb drives and have onboard cache, so if you're searching under those criteria then you don't really need to worry about anything :P


Workstation: 3930k @ 4.3GHz under an H100 - 4x8GB ram - infiniband HCA  - xonar essence stx - gtx 680 - sabretooth x79 - corsair C70 Server: i7 3770k (don't ask) - lsi-9260-4i used as an HBA - 6x3TB WD red (raidz2) - crucia m4's (60gb (ZIL, L2ARC), 120gb (OS)) - 4X8GB ram - infiniband HCA - define mini  Goodies: Røde podcaster w/ boom & shock mount - 3x1080p ips panels (NEC monitors for life) - k90 - g9x - sp2500's - HD598's - kvm switch

ZFS tutorial

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