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    Controller help

    How do you do guys?
    Do you have a clue on what PCI X is and if it can fit in my mobo?
    http://www.evga.com/products/pdf/131-GT-E767.pdf

    I've posted this on another forum with no reply:

    Hi, I have 8x16Gb SSDs ( not the best ones around). I'm planning to put them together in RAID. What's your recommendation for a desktop setup for "normal" purposes ( no gamer inside), just some music, video, coding ( programming), interwebZ and so on?
    I also have some SATA for storage. Would you suggest me to put them in RAID 10 alright?
    I'm planning to deploy windows 7 or maybe Ubuntu ( I make use of the latter for my laptop) .
    Is this guide ok in case I opt for Ubuntu?
    I've also read that there are multiple opinions concerning hardware vs software RAIDs. What would you say? I'm on a budget and this ain't for any commercial/time critical or similar scenario.

    What also concerns me is the following (mobo specs):
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    SATA: 6x SATA2 Ports, 2x SATA3 Ports, Support RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5 and JBOD

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    Which means that the 8 of them would not work at the same speed (self correction as the ssds are SATA 2) and that I won't have room for the storage SATA drives, right?
    Are there any existent cheap "sata expanders"?

    Thanks

    "EDIT": Would something like the AOC-SAT2-MV8 be "fine" for this purpose ( humble project ) in case I want to go for hardware?
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    PCI-X is essentially an extended PCI slot. Only found on server boards, and even then they are falling away in favor of the more common PCIe. Your evga board doesn't have any.

    Sometimes PCI-X cards work in standard PCI slots, but it is like putting a PCIe x16 card in a PCIe x4 slot. You lose a lot of bandwidth. Not all cards can do this either.
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    I believe in this case they are saying you need a 64 bit PCI slot. Your mobo has (1) PCI slot but it's a 32 bit so you probably can't use this controller though some controllers will work in both but with reduced data capacity in a 32 bit slot. I'd e-mail both Supermicro and EGVA for confirmation so you don't end up with opinions instead of facts.
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    I don't see the problem with using you mb based raid 0+1. If your ssd's are only sata2, they aren't going to go faster on sata3 ports, and so will work like 8 sata2 ports. (i don't think it would cause any problems using sata3 drives in the same scenario either, everything would just go at sata2 speeds)
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    How about this one?
    Has 512 instead of 256 ( m0ar megabytes, although I have no clue what's the use of those) and it's pcie
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    That would work in your board, but it uses non-standard cables, probably designed for an HP SAS backplane.
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    and if I found the cables that belong to the card?
    I found a very tempting offer (includes cables, 512mb of ram and battery)
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    Are there cables available that go to standard SAS/SATA? If so then you'd be fine. I didn't look much but the ones I found only went to the HP backplane.
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    I think I have one of those SmartArray cards at work.
    I believe it's an SFF-8484 connector on the card. It should work if you can find a fanout cable. It would be the same one used with the PERC 5i.
    Keep in mind the cables ARE directional.

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    PCI X is a 66mhz 64bit pci slot as oppose to the commonly found 33mhz 32bit pci slot. Most PCI X cards will work in a 33mhz 32bit pci slot, however at a much lower bandwidth, 133MB per second instead of the 532MB perseccond tha PCI X offers up.

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