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Postby SA on Mon Oct 25, 2004 10:51 pm

Anyone setup a Matrix RAID array yet? I'm shopping for MOBOs and considering an Intel, although I haven't really settled yet. Also looking at the ASUS boards. Anyway, the ICH6R southbridge is required for the Matrix RAID, but not all MOBOs listed on Newegg with this southbridge list Matrix RAID. I checked ABITs page and they don't list it for a ICH6R MOBO, yes on an ASUS board with ICH6R, it seems to support it even though Newegg doesn't list it.

So, what MOBOs have been used to setup a Matrix RAID successfully ?
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Postby Boba_Fett on Tue Oct 26, 2004 12:52 am

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't a Matrix Array a RAID array spread across SATA and PATA? To be honest, matrix array sounds more gimicky than practical...
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Postby SA on Tue Oct 26, 2004 1:47 pm

Matrix RAID allows you to set up a RAID 0 Partition and a RAID 1 Partition using only two drives, usually SATA.
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Postby Ian on Tue Oct 26, 2004 1:55 pm

RAID 0 and 1.. using only 2 drives? That sounds kinda retarded..
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Postby Ian on Tue Oct 26, 2004 1:59 pm

Did a little research. Here's a good pic of how it works:

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Still kinda gimmicky if you ask me.
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Postby SA on Tue Nov 09, 2004 12:18 am

Well I'm going to try the RAID Array. I'm building an AutoCAD machine for a friend and placed the Newegg order today. Here is the setup, I wish it were for my own use.

Intel LGA 775 Pentium 4 540 3.2 GHz
ABIT "AA8-DuraMAX" i925X
2 x 512 MB DDR2
NEC 3500AG DVD-RW
ATI FireGL V3100 (PCI-Express)
2 x Western Digital 160GB 7200RPM SATA (He wouldn't pony up for 2 Raptors)
Intel P4, 2.4Ghz
MSI NE0 865PE
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Postby Boba_Fett on Tue Nov 09, 2004 2:12 am

SA wrote:Well I'm going to try the RAID Array. I'm building an AutoCAD machine for a friend and placed the Newegg order today. Here is the setup, I wish it were for my own use.

Intel LGA 775 Pentium 4 540 3.2 GHz
ABIT "AA8-DuraMAX" i925X
2 x 512 MB DDR2
NEC 3500AG DVD-RW
ATI FireGL V3100 (PCI-Express)
2 x Western Digital 160GB 7200RPM SATA (He wouldn't pony up for 2 Raptors)


I would highly urge RAID-1 over 0, you won't notice a difference with CAD drawling with RAID-0 and your chances of data loss goes up 100% (if one drive fails, the data on the other is useless) with RAID-0, not exactly a easy thing to break to a client...
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Postby LoneWolf on Tue Nov 09, 2004 11:57 am

I'd do a RAID 5 array instead using 3 drives, if you wanted performance and redundancy. Bit more capacity than RAID 1 as well.
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Postby SA on Tue Nov 09, 2004 8:47 pm

I found out today the guy has a 37GB SCSI Drive he wants to use. I think it'll be best to use it as the boot drive and just set up a RAID 1 on the two SATA drives.
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Postby SA on Tue Nov 23, 2004 9:46 pm

So I did end up doing the Matrix RAID array setup. It was easy to do. Two 200GB SATA drives: One partition at RAID 0 (system), one at RAID 1(Data). I went with the ABIT AA8 Duramaxx MOBO and a 3.2 P4. I would recommend this setup to anyone building a new system. Everything was easy and teh "pinless" socket was just as easy as the 478 socket. I burned it in with a stock heat sink and had no heat problems. After 7 hours at 50% CPU usage it was at 54C.
Intel P4, 2.4Ghz
MSI NE0 865PE
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Maxtor 80GB in USB enclosure
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Postby LoneWolf on Wed Nov 24, 2004 11:32 am

I'm not sure I get it...if one drive fails in this matrix-RAID setup. how is the data saved?
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Postby SA on Wed Nov 24, 2004 2:07 pm

Data is lost on the Striped partition, but the Data on the mirrored partition lives on. To combat a lost partition, we schedule a ghost of the striped partition.
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