1. Have you had any more luck with this Areca and the Asus A8N-SLI ???

    I don’t really want to go down the Opteron s940, Reg ECC DDR, PCI-X route if I can avoid it.

    Seems like PCI-e support is hit and miss for anything other than video cards. I really dont give a toss about SLI gaming. Stuffed if I can find a PCI-e AMD motherboard with a PCIe x8 or PCIe x4 (with open end and thus physically x8 compatible) slot.

    Those darn s939 Opteron servers boards, except for one limited Supermicro/Aplus model, seem to be nowhere.

    It all make my head hurt.

    Have you tried Linux at all ? I read about a few users with some sort of timing issue when using the Areca PCIe controller.


  2. I’ve installed the latest beta bios from Asus and still no change with the A8N-SLI Premium. It only boots properly every other time. I’ve exchanged e-mails with other users and the A8N-SLI Deluxe version does work properly with the Areca RAID card; not sure why the near-identical Premium version won’t. Very frustrating. I guess I need to “downgrade” to that motherboard. I agree that server boards are too rare and expensive to consider; there are just not many alternatives to consider. It is possible to use an exacto knife to cut the end off of a a 2x or 4x PCI-e slot, but you wouldn’t get the full 8x performance, so I’m not considering that.

    I have not tried Linux at all. I’m using WinServer 2003, though I wish I just would have going with XP as I’m not really using any of it’s extra features. I’ve also read of timing issues with the Areca controller; I’ve haven’t noticed anything with Windows because it apparently takes-over and resolves any issues.

    I do have another problem with the computer. It will just completely turn off for no reason. It won’t reboot or show a Windows BSOD crash screen, it will just completely shut down. It is not due to a power failure, so I’m not sure what the issue could be.

  3. Hey, I randomly found this post while googling. So this raid card works with the premium now? I have 5 WD 320GB’s just waiting for a raid card and apperently the promise offering is terrible. Glad things worked out for you 🙂

  4. Yes, the Asus A8N-SLI Premium motherboard now works with PCI-E RAID cards. ASUS apparently figured this out in early December, 2005 but didn’t release it to the public until March, 2006. I’m frustrated I had to wait that long, but a least everything is working now!

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