I thought that both SATA connectors, the ICH5R and the SiL3112 are
on-chip and therefore that why I was asking which one seems to be
better in terms of performance. Thanks for your answers to the others
questions. Can you tell me if both SATA connectors performed well in
"Bob Davis" > wrote in message news:<[email protected]
> "Maiso" > wrote in message
> > I want to install two SATA drives in a RAID 0 configuration to my
> > GA-8KNXP Revision 1 motherboard. I also will have a 80GB as a master
> > and a DVD ROM as slave on IDE 1and a DVD R/W as master on IDE 2. My
> > questions are:
> > 1. Which SATA connector should I use, the ICH5R or the Sil3112 and
> > why?
> I just set SATA RAID0 up on this same mobo only a month ago using 2 x 36gb
> Raptors. The concensus received from this newsgroup at the time was to use
> the ICH5R since it is on-chip and easier on PCI resources, thus will realize
> a performance advantage. Here was my procedure:
> (1) Before installing the drives, updated bios to f11 or f12, the latest
> IAA drivers from
> (perhaps not critical), then activated the controller in the bios ("On-chip
> SATA" enabled) and set SATA mode to RAID. I don't think you can update IAA
> from within Windows or recognize the RAID controller until the bios settings
> are correct as above. Boot into Windows and make sure the controller is
> installed (Device Manager, SCSI and RAID Controllers should show "Intel
> 82801ER SATA RAID controller") before installing the drives.
> (2) Cloned the old C: drive using Ghost if it will be used in the RAID
> array. If not, use Ghost or other cloning software to restore it to the new
> array later.
> (3) Connected the drives to the ICH5R, started the system, and went into
> the RAID setup using ^I at POST. You can then set up the drives as you
> (4) Using a Win98SE startup floppy and latest DOS versions of FDISK
> (download from the M$ site), partitioned the drive. You could set RAID up
> first, then partition and format from within XP, assuming the OS is on
> another drive. I chose the DOS route, though, as my old C: drive was to be
> used in the new array.
> (5) Restore with Ghost from the clone made earlier. Be advised that Ghost
> cannot access the new RAID drive until it has been partitioned, and creating
> the RAID array will wipe out all paritioning info.
> (6) Booted into XP, and it's been working perfectly since (one month).
> > 2. Which settings should be enable on the BIOS for the above settings?
> "On-chip SATA" enabled with SATA set to "RAID."
> > 3. I am still using the F6e BIOS with Windows XP with SP2 without
> > any problem at all. Should I upgrade to the latest BIOS before I
> > perform a clean install on Windows XP with SP2?
> F10 was and F11 is stable here. I would definitely update the bios, as F6
> is quite old.
> > 4. If I don't use a RAID 0 configuration and instead only use a
> > single SATA drive instead of two SATA drives, do the same instructions
> > apply?
> Yes. These bios settings work fine with a single SATA. In fact, it's best
> because it'll already be set for RAID if you decide to move in that
> direction later. That's what I did, originally installing a 160gb PATA
> drive as C:, then moving to a single SATA, then RAID.