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Solved: Gigabyte mobo with choice of SATA ports/controllers

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by hortensio, Dec 13, 2008.

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  1. hortensio

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    My Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R MB has six SATA ports controlled through an Intel ICH9R device. They are coloured orange. I have two hdd's inhabiting the first two of these ports (and a third hdd on the sole IDE port). The MB has two additional SATA ports coloured purple and said to be managed by a Gigabyte SATA2 controller. Why provide these competing ports and controllers? Is there an advantage to be gained from using the Gigabyte ports rather than the Intel controlled ports?

    The Gigabyte manual and the web site are devoid of any explanation. On the face of it both controllers seem to be capable of the same 3Gb/s speeds.
     
  2. bigbear

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    I suspect the purple sata points are for a RAID setup,
    If they are RAID is normally printed nearby on the motherboard, to be sure you need to check the motherboard manual
     
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    Probably the main use of the Gigabyte Controller is not so much the additonal SATA ports but the fact that it provides the all important PATA IDE Controller since the onboard Intel controller does support PATA anymore. The extra SATA ports are just an added benefit, but they also support JBOD.
     
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