I just bought an Asus A7N8X mobo with the Silicon Image Sil3112 onboard IDE ATA100 RAID controller. I will be using the system for video editing, among other things. I want to arrange two IDE drives on the controller for increased speed purposes. Accordingly, I will use the drives in a RAID 0 configuration. Now, a few questions:
1. Do I need to have EXACTLY the same two drives down to the model number? How much tolerance do I have in terms of mixing and matching drives? You see, I already have a 7200 RPM ATA133 from Maxtor, but they don't make this particular model any more (or so I have been told). I want to know whether I need to buy 2 new drives or just 1.
2. Does hard drive buffer size play much of a role in performance in the RAID 0 configuration I am proposing? I was looking at those new Western Digital drives with mb cache, but they are all 100ATA instead of 133.
3. Finally, which is better: ATA133 drives with 2mb ram or ATA100 with 8Mb ram?
Your help is GREATLY appreciated!