I just found this thread and I'm hoping someone can advise me.
I'd like to make a rather large DAE "Ripping Computer" (using EAC software) and was wondering if there was an non-RAID IDE controller that would work with a large number of LiteOn LTD 163 drives. I've learned in this post about the Silicon Image chipset, and have heard that some people put their hard drives on the PCI IDE controller - and their opticals on the Motherboard controller.
Is is possible to put all of the LiteOn drives on the PCI controller, leaving the motherboard controller for the boot drive and maybe additional LiteOn drives?
Is it unreasonable for me to expect to connect 8-optical drives to one or two PCI-based IDE controllers within the same PC?
I can't find the Silicon Image-based CompUSA product, can someone steer me in the right direction? Is it a 2 port or 4 port product and can you tell me the name of the manufacturer? Here is compUSA page I found, I think I'm in the right place (see bottom or page).
http://www.compusa.com/products/product ... page_num=1
Finally, I've searched the SIIG website but they don't seem to mention Silicon Image or Sil0680 anywhere and they have no phone support. Does anyone know the specific model that has this chipset.
Thanks very much for your response.