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Old 12-08-10, 08:34 PM
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It must be that time of the year again. Iíve recently got very frustrated with my RAID card, it is ideal for a server environment (i.e. never shut down), but terrible for a heavily overclocked rig, which needs to be shut down every so often for driver reboots (ATI, Iím looking at you).

The RAID card is an Adaptec 5805, with 8 SAS ports, battery backup and 512MB cache. It runs in an 8x PCIe slot, which is great as I have those in abundance. However it takes about a minute to boot the kernel, and then 30 seconds to check the arrays, which is a long time for boot. In the end, I decided it was too painful to live with on my main rig, but the 5TB of disks it looks after was indispensible and the card would have to be rehoused.



I already run a DHCP server, which is between me and my university network connection (as our admin doesnít like us using more than one IP address per socket). On the face of it, this would be ideal, as it runs a 790i Ultra, with a 280GTX for folding, however it also houses all of my pumps and radiators for the other machine thus is rather full. I also donít really trust the motherboard as with a QX9770 it would blue screen and crash nigh constantly. With the Celeron in it at the mo, it is fine, but as that is heavily overclocked, I donít want to trust my RAID arrays to it.

As I had a 1500w toughpower PSU spare and a 9800GT from a failed foray into physx, I had a couple of bits at the start. I liked the look of the 890FX chipset, with ample PCIe lanes for expansion and a good layout (for a pretty low price by previous motherboard standards), and after the stellar write up in OC3D, I thought it was worth a punt.

As I didnít need out and out performance, the athlon X3 440 was chosen (£55 isnít bad), and 4GB of Gskill RipJaw RAM fitted the bill nicely (1600MHZ Cas9). Having seen the Gelid tranquilo in a few builds, I bought one, as they are almost silent, which is needed as the PC is on 24/7. The chip is stock clocked until I have more time, but never goes above 33C, so Iím pretty happy.



The RAID card is connected to the 5 bay ICY Box disk Caddy, (hot swap), and network is provided by a killer M1 network card I had kicking about. I had thought about a completely caseless build, but they are a nightmare with parents and pets, both of which I have. Therefore a cheap case was needed.

I bought a Xigmatek Asgard (try not to laugh) for a miserly £30. It only includes one 120mm fan, but as I have those in abundance, that wasnít a problem. Build quality is pretty good, especially considering the price. It survived the moderate load test (me sitting on it). The case is completely tool less for drives and expansion cards, and although it has pop out before use metal strips in the blanking plates and drive bays, its still pretty nice. Heck its even powder coated black inside, and the finish is pretty good. (Though not up to TTLís standard by any means).

The disks are a mixture of Spinpoint F1 and F3s, in RAID 5 and 0 respectively, with the boot disk being a reclaimed 80GB disk from the back of the cupboard.

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Old 12-08-10, 09:06 PM
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Pics are not working here dude?
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The pics are hosted on Sqish.. seems like it's down.
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I hate RAID for that very reason. With the Crosshair it adds about another 30 seconds to the boot times.
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yeah i get the added raid delay in boot with my gigabyte 2
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Old 12-08-10, 10:56 PM
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On the face of it, this would be ideal, as it runs a 790i Ultra, with a 280GTX for folding, however it also houses all of my pumps and radiators for the other machine thus is rather full. I also donít really trust the motherboard as with a QX9770 it would blue screen and crash nigh constantly.
Just out of interest (two things actually !).

1. Who makes that 790i board? Because from where I am sitting I can smell a certain company...

2. Is that a 9800GT XFX card? Looks remarkably like my oldun.
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Old 13-08-10, 03:11 PM
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The 790i is an Asus Striker II extreme, and with the celeron (even at 3.5GHz) its fine. I think it was partly my use of 8GB RAM, but even so, I think the northbridge runs too hot, with only the rubbish waterblock for cooling, it isn't great.

The crosshair iv is an absolute beaut tho, if it wasn't to be hidden away, I'd really love a window.

The 9800GT is indeed an XFX one, bought about 2 months ago on fleabay. I'd hoped to use it for hybrid physx, but with crossfire and physx, eyefinity doesn't work, which is a pretty big issue for me.
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Aw bummer Yeah that's the 9800GT I had. nice card, love the alu support down the back. Really made a difference when I put on the Artic Accelero.

Edit. Were all 790i equally as bad? Honestly I have never heard a good word about any of those.
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Old 13-08-10, 09:13 PM
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Some were better than others, any thing with an active heatsink is going to walk all over the passive/waterblock asus POS. What made it worse was the complete lack of bios updates for ages from asus, then a couple of really ropey ones, which makes it all the worse. In the end, with 4GB of ram, its much happier, and with a cooler dually in there I think the mosfets are cooler, which really helps stability.

The 790i could have been amazing, but was let down by the insanely hot northbridge (better than the 780i at least), and the upcoming x58s. Having used the Foxconn blackops X48, which my Dad's pc is built around (£90 for the board), if I'd have gone down the ati route, I would never have updated to i7.

The 9800GT seems to be pretty good, and folding reasonably well (though the 280 kicks seven shades out of it). Wish I could get about seven and build a farm.
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