Highpoint HPT370 ATA/100
RAID Controller Chip
Last updated: 7/27/00
So far, the HPT370 has appeared in the
following Abit products:
Hot Rod 100 Pro--Ultra DMA IDE/RAID Controller Card.
Abit BX133-RAID Socket 370 Motherboard. This board has four IDE
interfaces and will support up to eight drives.
The Abit KA7-100 Slot A Athlon Motherboard. The
KA&-100 has the HPT370 chip and does ATA/100, but is not advertised
to have RAID capabilities. Abit's FAQs state, "The
RY BIOS also
provides official support for the KA7-100's RAID capability, which boosts
disk performance and data protection." However, the released
version is not available yet and I have heard that their are problems
with the Beta version. As
Slot A boards are obsolete in my considered opinion, I have no
plans to look into this board further.
Speculation about possible forthcoming
motherboards with HPT370 chip.
Register has reported that Abit will introduce a RAID version
of the KT7 Socket A Athlon motherboard in August.
experience and products with Highpoint UDMA controller chips. The
EP-USB66 ATA/66 Controller and USB Hub uses the HPT-366 chip and their
recent Socket 370 EP-BX7+ motherboard uses an older, ATA/66 version of
the Highpoint RAID controller, the HPT-368...
Like EpoX EP-BX7+, the Iwill VD133Pro Socket
370 Motherboard includes the HTP368 RAID chip...
Bottom Line. I would think that
if the Abit ATA/100 RAID boards do well and there indications of that, and/or
the EpoX and Iwill ATA/66 motherboards are successful,
EpoX and Iwill will shortly jump into the ring with ATA/100 RAID Socket A
and 370 motherboards. If all of these well-known motherboard manufactures
sell RAID boards in large quantities, others will most certainly follow. However,
it still remains to be seen as to whether or not RAID is fad or becomes a "standard" feature
on quality motherboards.
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