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areca ARC-1210 PCI-Express x8 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card

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  • RAID 0/1/1E/3/5 JBOD
  • Multi-layer SATA connector Internal Connectors

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The ARC-12XX SATA ll RAID host adapter is a high-performance PCI-Express bus to SATA ll Disk Array host adapter. The controller can provide up to 4, 8, 12, or 16 SATA ll peripheral devices on a single host adapter. When properly configured, the SATA host adapter can provide non-stop service with a high degree of fault tolerance through the use of RAID technology and advanced array management features. Intel IOP333 processor has integrated the RAID 6 engine inside. It offers Areca the advantage of reduced engineering and development costs, by having the New RAID6 function built-in and saves on component costs and internal PCI bandwidth. Intel's emphasis on architectural commonality in IOPs allows Areca developers to capitalize on their existing code base.

  • newegg Serial ATA Support With multi-layer SATA connector, the Areca ARC-1210 supports up to 4 SATA II devices for enhanced flexibility and speed.
  • newegg RAID Support The Areca ARC-1210 supports multi-level RAID configuration including RAID level RAID 0/1/1E/3/5 JBOD for better performance, enhanced data security and flexible capacity upgrades.
  • newegg 256MB Memory The Areca ARC-1210 features default 256MB on-board DDR333 memory with ECC protection for high data transfer speed and maximum data integrity.
  • newegg On-board I/O Processor The Areca ARC-1210 features an Intel IOP332 I/O processor for fast processing.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Timothy W.
  • 7/16/2012 9:39:16 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRock Solid

Pros: -fast. With 4-320Gb Sata 2 HD's in a RAID 5, I average 170mb/s and burst of >440. And it's stayed the same years later.

-reliable. 3.5 years of constant use. I've even used the RAID as my primary disk for >1yr. The card has never crashed.

-easy to recover a drive that has dropped out of the raid.

-relatively straight forward setup.

-jumper leads for diagnostic leds.

Cons: -can't skip annoying boot screen (makes you wait 5 secs or hit esc to skip)

Other Thoughts: I've been thoroughly impressed with this card after 3.5 years of use. It's never crashed and as always been relatively straightforward to configure and use.

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  • Anthony S.
  • 3/25/2012 5:59:15 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsawesome raid controller

Pros: hot swappable
rebuilds raid arrays when a new hard drive is detected
good value in comparison to other raid controllers

Cons: speed 3.0 gbps but i knew what i was getting when i bought it
only supports four hard drives
couldn't get the software to work on XenServer

Other Thoughts: as for the beep... it doesn't bother me that much as my server is mostly on

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  • Thomas G.
  • 7/17/2011 12:22:45 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSolid card

Pros: I first bought this card back in May 2006 for a server that I was building. The server has been online 24/7 for the past 5 years and has never given me any problems. The RAID was pretty straightforward to setup and has provided me with a stable and fault tolerant array. My server case supports hotswapping, which I tested out when I first built it. The RAID controller notifies you when a drive is disconnected, and automatically will rebuild it when it is reconnected again.

Cons: Configuration and maintenance can bit a bit tricky if you don't know exactly what you're doing. Can be a bit pricy, but it is worth it if you're looking for a reliable card.

Other Thoughts: Originally initialized it with 4x 300gb Seagate drives in RAID 5 and have not had any die yet. I got a much cheaper rocketraid card for my workstation a little while after I got this one and have had many issues with it randomly not detecting drives, which finally resulted in the controller dying altogether. I am replacing that one with another areca card. If data integrity is important to you, don't go with the cheap solution.

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  • Jeffrey K.
  • 6/28/2011 2:46:25 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHappy camper

Pros: i'm back for a updated review after i went and added 2 veloci's to this raid controller. so my controller is now running 4 veloci's at 1.2 TB's and i wanted to share the speed values with you.

maximum transfer is 389.7 MB's per second :)
Average transfer is 355 MB's per second:)
Burst rate is 596.7 Mb's/ sec. :)

this is around a 50 to 60% increase from 2 drives in raid 0. and still much more economical than the ssd's.

Cons: I see some bad reviews about this controller and would like to let them know. If you don't spec your motherboard and find out if it is compatable u will not be able to reap the benefits of it. Best to seek out your motherboard company on the phone and get straight information about it before u climb into the unknown. This card must be powered at least 8X minimum in the pci-e slot. some tri slots while running sli will dedicate 2 16 x slots and leave the 3rd with 0x. if that be the case then u won't see any performance. Note: Think your situation thru before passing sentence on the part in question.

Other Thoughts: Enjoying the raid controller and I don't have any regrets getting it. But I did a lot of homework before I got it.
As always Areca is a very impressive company for the raid controllers.

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  • Nicholas W.
  • 6/13/2011 11:20:46 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUseless

Pros: When it's working, it works fast, but it's meaningless if it can't keep the data intact.

Cons: I recently lost my entire RAID 5 set due to a bug which is apparently well known to Areca on all of their cards but that they refuse to post on their FAQ. Removing the card while the system is powered off, but where the power supply is still supplying power to the motherboard can cause it to consider some of the drives missing or failed. There is a relatively easy fix for this (several commands on the RAID controller and you're up in five minutes), as long as you do it before doing anything else. I attempted to recover it, not knowing of this bug, and I corrupted all of my data.

I am giving this card 1 egg because it did the exact opposite of what I purchased the card for: keep my data safe.

Other Thoughts: This company's RAID cards have several known errors and hidden commands which you can only find online. If you purchase this card and have problems, do a lot of research elsewhere to see what other people have done to fix the problem before you touch anything.

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  • Dennis L.
  • 4/13/2011 1:49:08 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsProblems since Day

Pros: Decent speeds when working.

Cons: RAID card Areca ARC-1210 ordered on June 25, 2006 has had issues since deployment. We have tested multiple hard drives with this RAID card and all it does it corrupt data. Onboard RAID adaptors work fine, so we know the drives are not faulty. We have tried all known RAID types on this card, and have given it hours to "initialize", with no luck. Installations do not go past the initial install, then once you try to access data, the whole data array corrupts. Multiple install mediums of each operating system have been used to ensure it is not media corruption.

Other Thoughts: Support was useless. Ended up in RMA. This turned out to be a USB issue. So as long as you boot into the OS without any USB devices connected - everything works fine. I've tried it on several ASUS boards with the same issue. Overall annoying and ended up getting replaced with an Adaptec 5805 down the line.

Over the past few years, the array would randomly corrupt. Nonetheless, a huge headache to deal with. Drives are fine still to this day. Overall just seems like an finicky product to deal with.

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  • 1/28/2011 3:46:48 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest RAID card ever

Pros: Installed countless ARC-1210's and ARC-1220's, never had a seconds problem. Very fast, feature rich, true hardware RAID, great price, superb documentation. Works great with OpenSuSe linux!! Forget on-board RAID, Areca all the way.

Cons: The Windows management software is a bit wanky and simple, but it does work.

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  • Jonathan A.
  • 12/20/2010 6:54:21 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAreca RAID 1210

Pros: Good transfer speeds. It's nice to have a dedicated RAID controller with it's own memory.

Cons: Only 3.0Gb/s transfer rates, but still fast. Didn't come with battery backup unit.

Other Thoughts: It's got SNMP & SMTP, but I didn't have time to set it up. The web client works well. I pulled a drive for testing on a RAID 5 array with 4 2TB Seagate drives (total ~5.5TB), it rebuilt in about 6 hours.

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  • Luigi L.
  • 5/15/2010 10:22:59 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSo far, so good!

Pros: Lots of positive reviews so it seems like a solid product. All the expected features. Easy setup and also customizable for the technical types. Works with VMWare ESXi (reason I purchased it).

Cons: So far I haven't gotten around to getting the status reporting in ESXi working, not even sure if it's possible, but would be really handy to monitor for failed/degraded drives on the array.

Other Thoughts: This replaced a 3ware card had been replaced under warranty several times due to failures. Areca seems more reliable from my research. Time will tell.
Running 3x1TB WD Black SATA drives in a DIY ESXi server, Gigabyte G41, 8GB DDR2, etc.

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  • Erik C.
  • 3/6/2010 6:16:22 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product


Cons: Have to do all crazy stuff to get it to work, but the process only takes less than hour

Other Thoughts: I want the more expensive 1230, but this will do

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