RAID—redundant array of inexpensive disks—is one way of either getting more capacity or more data security out of your storage system. If you’re willing to commit enough disks, you can get both speed and performance improvements. Today, though, we’re going to take a look at the RAID controllers built onto motherboards, delve briefly into Microsoft’s software RAID and Intel's SRT, and show you how to set up a simple RAID setup.
Building a socket 1155 system? If so, EVGA is making a pitch for its recently announced Z68 motherboard series. The hardware maker is taking aim at enthusiasts who live to overclock, especially with the company's Z68 FTW board, which comes loaded with OC-friendly features like EVGA Vdroop control, one-touch overclocking, 12-phase PWM, voltage read points, onboard clear CMOS, power, and reset buttons, and more.
Gigabyte still hasn't officially launched its G1.Sniper 2 motherboard that was showcased back at the Computex tradeshow in Taiwan, nor has the company announced pricing information or even put up a product page. But what Gigabyte did so is post several sexy snapshots of one of the hottest looking boards we've ever seen on the company's Facebook page for its motherboard division.
If you're familiar with the ASRock brand, you probably recognize it as a builder of budget motherboards. ASRock has been known to appeal to enthusiasts with next generation and/or unique design decisions, like the 939Dual-SATA2 that combined both an AGP port and PCI-Express ports on the same board so users could have a GPU upgrade path to PCI-E without overhauling their foundation. ASRock's latest concoction is the Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 motherboard, the first ever to implement PCI-E 3.0 ports.
And off we go! Now that Intel has officially outed its Z68 Express chipset, the announcements from hardware vendors pitching new products are rolling in. One of those is from MSI who just unveiled a couple of Z68 motherboards (socket 1155), one of which features support for both CrossFireX and SLI.
Boutique system builder CyberPower PC rarely wastes any time implementing new technologies into its lineup, and the debut of Intel's Z68 Express chipset is no exception. CyberPower sent us word that they've put together a a series of high-end gaming desktops and graphics workstations based on the new chipset, with pricing starting at under $700. Details on what that buys you after the jump.