?controller card?

By craigdexter1
Jan 28, 2006
  1. I am pricing components to build my first computer and have a question as to what a controller card is for and do I need one?
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    I assume you`re talking about a pci ide contoller card.

    This would enable you to connect extra ide devices to your computer.

    A motherboard has two ide channels built in. these are the primary, and secondary ide channels. Each one is capable of supporting two ide devices(hard drives/cd/dvd`s etc) as master, and slave on each channel. Giving you a total of four ide devices.

    Only if you needed more than four ide devices would you require a pci ide contoller card.

    Regards Howard :)
  3. craigdexter1

    craigdexter1 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 63

    That explains that.....

    So I guess that a controller card would be good for a server.
  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    In broad terms, a controller card is any controller you plug in a slot. Usually the term refers to storage controllers (ATA/SATA/SCSI) or IO controllers (serial, parallel, USB, firewire).
  5. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    you can control more hard drives of type sata ide or scsi
    you can do this with diff type of controller standard type
    or raid setup and there are diff types of these
    you can control extra usb ports, or serial ports or printer port
    you can control your toaster,coffee maker, lights
    and knitting and knitting
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