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What is the best PCI-e RAID-1 card for SATA III HDD?

MSI motherboard with onboard RAID doesn't support Windows 8.1.  Would like to upgrade to PCI-e RAID-1 using x2 WD SATA-III HDD.  Must be under $100.  Looking for suggestions.  I normally use Promise, but they have no offerings that meet these guidelines.
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Jason Johanknecht
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Highpoint RocketRAID cards work fine with Windows 8.
This is a good choice IF you have a PCIe x4 slot (or higher):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816115096
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Jason JohanknechtIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Is there anything that supports SATA 6Gbps?  What kind of performance have you seen with your recommended controller?
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
The 2700 series support 6GB/s, but don't meet your requirement for a $100 max cost.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816115100

Unless you're using SSDs, you're not going to notice a difference.
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Jason JohanknechtIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
How is the quality and performance of Highpoint cards?
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Very good for the price.    They won't match a high-end Adaptec, Areca, or LSI unit, but they also don't cost nearly as much, and those cards outperform primarily due to the higher end chips that help with the computational overhead of RAID 5 or 6.    With a simple 2-drive RAID-1 array, I suspect the RocketRAID will be as good as the higher-end cards.
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Jason JohanknechtIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
The first option wasn't 6Gbps but was below the $100 price range and will is the card I am purchasing.  Thanks for the advice.
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