PCI IDE controller card vs. ISA

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by TrIpWiRe31337, Jun 20, 2002.

  1. I was wondering if which controller card has the fastest transfer rate. I though ISA's were a bit older and less transfer rates than PCI, but I am not sure. Also, if I go with a PCI controller card for HDD's, would the slot be able to transfer as fast as an integrated IDE port? I was hoping to buy a raid controller card, and raid up two ATA100 hdd's, is this a good way to do it?
  2. ok..

    thanks for that advice. is anyone sure if PCI is better than ISA?
  3. GOTO10

    GOTO10 Guest

    Can I have some of what you're smoking?

    You need to do some research before posting.

    RAID 0 ownz j00. :p
  4. Law_Enforcer

    Law_Enforcer Guest

    I believe that's RAID 1, while RAID 0 speeds things up, since data is read from 2 drives at the same time...
  5. GOTO10

    GOTO10 Guest

    Ummm yeah....

    RAID level 0 (striping) offers nearly twice the read performance as a single drive.

    And there is no redundancy. 'instant backups constantly'???? ummm no.

    Try reading a bit....



    Quit trying to talk like you know something.
  6. stuy_b

    stuy_b Guest

    I agree totally with Catch23 on all points here, RAID is pointless for the average homeuser, you certainly wont see any benefit playing a round of Quake or whatever with a RAID setup.

    RAID is suited to corporate/business use, where you want fast reliable backup and access, network servers and the like.
  7. GOTO10

    GOTO10 Guest

    Files load faster with RAID 0. Period.
  8. TomServo

    TomServo Guest

    Got to agree with the "RAID" is better side here. You will certainly notice a difference in time it takes to load large prog's like Photoshop & such as well as making files load much faster. You are splitting the load across two drives and two IDE channels so you most definitely see an increase in performance and a decrease in HD activity time. Yes , RAID 1 will slow you down a bit as everything is written twice, but I think we are talking about RAID 0 (striping).
  9. stuy_b

    stuy_b Guest

    They might.. but for home use.. the difference is negligible. :)
  10. TomServo

    TomServo Guest

    Almost forgot the point of this thread. :) You can achieve better performance using a separate card for your RAID controller, but not always. It depends on the design of the card itself and how much of the processing load it handles for the data transfer and HD control. I would think that a higher quality card would need less from the CPU than a cheap card or even some of the onboard IDE Raid controllers.

    Not to mention that your HD's will probably last longer in the long run as they are being utilized half as much. :)
  11. Druce

    Druce Guest

    just remember hardware raid 0 is the best, if you use software (as in XP's dynamic volumes) if you loose your boot drive or something happens to one of the two raid 0 drives, you loose everything....
  12. GOTO10

    GOTO10 Guest

    Last time I checked, a home user still loads files and apps....

    If he/she does, he/she is looking at a 60-100% speed increase in load time...

    I'd call that 'more than negligable'.... In fact, I'd call it 'significant'.
  13. stuy_b

    stuy_b Guest

    Back to the point of the thread!,,, Trip, PCI is faster than ISA, and I think you'll find not many ISA cards around these days.
  14. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

    If something happens to a RAID-drive running RAID 0 all is lost regardless of hardware or software.

    About the speed. ALL RAID combinations except RAID 1 is faster than just running a single drive. RAID 1 is only slower if the drives are on the same cable.

    Back to the thread. PCI (32 bit) is much faster than ISA (8-16 bit). A controller card (PCI) will be just as fast as a built-in controller. Disclaimer: I'm not sure if the PCI bus or the IDE bus is the faster. If PCI is still faster the card will be just as fast as the built-in.
  15. War Priest

    War Priest Guest

    Personally, I think a p pro with a 1gig drive and win95 is best. Any ISA card and serial mouse will do. Make sure you have at least 16mb of ram so you can rock.

    Whats also cool is that I dont have to waist money on a cpu fan, heatsinks rule baby....:eek:
  16. War Priest

    War Priest Guest

    Just trying to lighten things up...Its all about having fun, right?:D :cool: