Abit & Highpoint Straw Poll

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mikeh
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Reading messages on this forum it appears that a lot of people have had problems with Abit Motherboards and the Highpoint Controllers. It made me think - Has anyone NOT had problems ?

Billwill
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Joined: Sep 17 2000

I had problems before I set it up properly,
(Abit KT7 Raid with ATA100 highpoint HPT370 controller)and since then my editing/games rig has ran great! (win me)(for 6 months)

The raid needs setting up via formatting the drives appropriately first.

I use 1.03b drivers and bios files.

The earlier HPT366 WAS unstable I remember hearing, but the ATA100 offering is fine.

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Bomag
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Joined: Aug 15 2000

I have just set a RAID on a KT7a with 2 60GB IBM Deskstars. I set the disks as the primary on the fist and second Highpoint channels and had serious insatability problems. I switched the disks to the same channel (used cable select) and it is table and has only slowed down by about 10mb/s (67 vs 77 for read).

Try the KT7FAQ site. It covers most problems

RayL
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Joined: Mar 31 1999

>Try the KT7FAQ site. It covers most problems<

But a couple that have not been answered are:

a) Is there a way of adjusting PCI latency?

b) If the RAID ports are not used for RAID ie just as standard IDE ports, why are they slower than the main UDMA66 ports on the motherboard?

Ray Liffen

Bomag
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a. No, but then most motherboards don't alow you to.

b, they are slower because the Via southbridge has a more effective IDE controller as it does not have the extra RAID translator overhead which is programed into the HPT controller.

Billwill
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Well Mike, do you feel vindicated in your assumption that virtually everyone who uses Abit + Highpoint has experienced hassles++ or p****d off that it may be only you?

Or are you sorted?

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RayL
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Joined: Mar 31 1999

>a. No, but then most motherboards don't alow you to.
b, they are slower because the Via southbridge has a more effective IDE controller as it does not have the extra RAID translator overhead which is programed into the HPT controller.<

Fortunately, the Epox 8KTA3+ motherboard (VIA KT133A Northbridge, 686B Southbridge and Highpoint 370 RAID) has control of PCI Latency and the RAID ports will run UDMA 66/100 disks at full performance.

I have now replaced my Abit board with the Epox.

Ray Liffen

drsolly
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Joined: Mar 8 1999

I had so many problems with the HPT366 (as found on the Abit BP6 mobo), that I simply don't use it any more.

The HPT370, however, seems rock solid. I currently have a system based on the Abit VP6, which uses the HPT370, plus a Chaintech card, which also uses it, with twelve Maxtor 80gig drives in one big raid, and it seems to be working rock solid. I've copied 217 gigs of data onto it without any errors.

This is under Linux; I don't know about Windows.

cliff.mcloughlin
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Joined: Apr 24 1999

I had problems with an Abit and Highpoint 366 controller - read all about it at http://www.dvdoctor.net/cgi-bin/ubb/Forum9/HTML/000221.html

Good Luck

Cliff

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