Mac Pro 2009 (5.1) RAID card suggestion

hknatm

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hi all, i am using dual cpu mac pro 2009 (5.1). Machine has bootcamp win10 (had trouble with efi boot so using bootcamp). Win10 on 120gb ssd and mac os on 960gb ssd pci-e.
I have 3 hdd disks 1,5/1,5/2tb and i want to raid them for both system. I dont want super r/w speeds but i want to use them with raid10 (after adding 1 more disk or changing all to 2 tb disks) so i need cheap secure raid card for both OS.

What do you suggest? I dont want to pay much on the cards. I have seen posts about marvell chipset raid cards. Do you think will they work?

And also do you think raid card effect system boot time?
 
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eml-cmp

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I have a generic 4-port SATA III PCI card running a 4 drive raid with SoftRAID, and it’s fast and very very reliable.
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I have a generic 4-port SATA III PCI card running a 4 drive raid with SoftRAID, and it’s fast and very very reliable.
I replaced the optical drive with this thing, and it came with the PCI card. From this janky website, Max Upgrades. Worked great.
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I have a generic 4-port SATA III PCI card running a 4 drive raid with SoftRAID, and it’s fast and very very reliable.
[doublepost=1550989531][/doublepost]

I replaced the optical drive with this thing, and it came with the PCI card. From this janky website, Max Upgrades. Worked great.
Also, I don’t boot from the RAID, I just use that for storage. I boot from an SSD drive.
 

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bsbeamer

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What macOS version?

If you want to use Mojave, RAID will NOT work for system drive. Even if it technically meets specs, it's poorly supported and implemented. Maybe when SoftRAID 6 is available things will improve, but unlikely. Latest update I read was it was intended for non-system/media drives only.
 

Emen Mali

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I have a generic 4-port SATA III PCI card running a 4 drive raid with SoftRAID, and it’s fast and very very reliable.
[doublepost=1550989531][/doublepost]

I replaced the optical drive with this thing, and it came with the PCI card. From this janky website, Max Upgrades. Worked great.
[doublepost=1550989628][/doublepost]

Also, I don’t boot from the RAID, I just use that for storage. I boot from an SSD drive.
What card are you using? Curious.