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Areca's 24-port SATA controller - Image courtesy HardwareXL
Would you like 12, 16 or 24 ports?

Tech site Hardware XL has posted news on Areca’s new PCI Express SATA II RAID controllers. The new Areca SATA II RAID controllers are available in three models—ARC-1230ML, ARC-1260ML and ARC-1280ML with 12, 16 and 24 SATA II ports respectively. These Areca SATA II RAID controllers will also support mini SAS connectors by allocating four SATA II ports too. There’s also an ARC-1280 model that lacks the mini SAS capabilities.

The PCI Express x8 based Areca SATA II RAID controllers are based on Intel’s 81341 I/O processor clocked at 800 MHz. One 240-pin DIMM slot is available as a cache and comes with 256MB of DDR2-533 ECC. Memory can be upgraded to 2GB with another DDR2 memory module. Non-ECC memory modules are supported as well.

RAID levels 0, 1, 1E, 3, 5, 6 or JBOD are supported. Native command queuing is also supported. The Areca SATA II RAID controllers also support staggered spin-up and spin down when hard drives are not in use. An Ethernet port is also available for management purposes too.

Availability is unknown as the Areca website still states the controllers as “Coming Soon.” Pricing should be fairly high as expected of server-class SATA II RAID controllers.

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RE: Areca not reliable?
By jsantala on 8/16/2006 5:40:51 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure if they replaced the controller or just tried to fix it, but in any case it went to service and came back just as broken as before. It was only after it got replaced with a card by 3ware that the problem went away.

Now it was probably only that one particular model which had the problem, but the fact that something like this can happen really takes down any trust there was towards that brand in my book. And a RAID controller is something you'd like to be able to trust...

RE: Areca not reliable?
By Brane2 on 8/16/2006 7:59:21 AM , Rating: 2
I have exactly opposite experience. I didn't get to know what speed,r eliability and quality are until I threw Tupperware 7506-12 out of my box and plugged in Areca ARC-1170.

Hint: Never buy RAID from kitchenware company.

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