Subject: Re: Hardware question
To: None <netbsd-users@NetBSD.org>
From: Matthias Scheler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 08/20/2005 21:02:37
In article <430624E7.email@example.com>,
Jan Danielsson <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> I'm thinking about buying this:
> ..to run a dedicated NetBSD system on. What can I expect to work, and
> what I can expect won't work?
No, you cannot. Boards with ATI chipsets don't even work with Linux
which has move driver than *BSD.
> I'm planning on buying a SCSI-controller for it.
Boards with ATI chipsets are infamous for the horrible performance of the
southbridge which would also affect a SCSI hostadapter in a PCI slot.
I would recomment buying an SATA hardware RAID hostadapter instead.
I've got an Intel SRCS14L (drives 4 SATA disks, RAID 0, 1, 5 and
1+0 in hardware). It works nicely and is very fast. And even if you
buy 10.000 RPM Raptor SATA disks the whole package will still be
cheaper than a SCSI solution. But there also 7200 RPM SATA disk
which are suited for RAID usage (e.g. from Western Digital) which
offer more capacity for a lower price.
Matthias Scheler http://scheler.de/~matthias/