I am building a new system for my GNS3 1.2.3 platform (running 20 - 30 devices)and have decided to use new components.
Win7 Pro. 64
ASROCK N68-GS4 FX Socket AM3+ Mobo.
2 x Western Digital Raptor 160GB SATA/300 10,000RPM 16MB HDD's (RAID 0)
AMD FD8320FRHKBOX FX-8320 FX-Series 8-Core Black Edition
Kingston HyperX FURY 16GB Kit (2x8GB) 1866MHz DDR3 CL10 DIMM
MSI ATI Radeon HD6450 1 GB DDR3 VGA/DVI/HDMI PCIe
The motherboard offers an integrated RAID feature and I'm wondering what the consensus is these days on integrated RAID controllers. I am after performance and minimal cost so I'm going with RAID 0. The only thing running will be GNS3. Windows Search Indexing and most of the services that I don't require will also be turned off, no antivirus, etc. I've no concerns with the associated risks of RAID 0 on this system.
According to articles online the CPU can be overclocked if kept cool enough to run at 5Ghz. Essentially I'm trying to compensate for the RAID driver that manages the integrated RAID, but most of the articles that I've read on this topic are 4+ years old. Perhaps the modern day integrated RAID controller's, drivers are more efficient, I would tend to think so.
Does anyone see a concern with the CPU getting taxed by the integrated RAID controller?