Intel on-board raid vs Adaptec

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I'm currently putting together a file/application server for a customer and am looking at the Intel S3420GP server board.  I have always used Adaptec raid cards in the past but this time I'm considering just using the onboard raid.

The problem is that I can't find any reviews or specs about the Intel onboard raid.  I'm a little leery of using it since I can find no information about it.  Using the onboard raid would save me about 200$ over the Adaptec 2405.

I have always used Adaptec because I know they work and I never have any problems so I never tried another brand.  My only experience with onboard raid was with a Dell server that a customer had crash a few years ago and I thought it was the most poorly designed user interface I had ever seen.

Any one have any thoughts on Adaptec cards vs Intel onboard raids?

vne

looks like i posted this in the storage technology and the cisco pix category.   sorry.
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I have never personally had a problem with onboard RAID controllers.  Although, there is always the lingering fear that if the onboard chip dies, I would have to replace the entire motherboard- Assuming that there were no other compatible cards from the same manufacturer that I could migrate to.  I almost always choose to go with the more expensive add-a-card option.

I am generally manufacturer agnostic, but as far as the Dell RAID controller interface- I have to agree.  The older on-board Dell PERC interfaces were just awful.  I have to say that the PCI-based PERC add-in cards have a very nice interface.  Fairly intuitive and easy to navigate.  Very different from the onboard versions.
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Thanks for your input mccabe.  I'm with you.  I've had good luck with Adaptec so I'll just stick with that.  I've had to replace hard drives in the past and rebuilding the raids was pretty easy and quick with Adaptec.  

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