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Areca ARC-1230 PCI-Express x8 SATA II Controller Card RAID level 0, 1 (10), 3, 5, 6 (if RAID 6 engine supported) and JBOD

  • RAID level 0, 1, 1E, 3, 5, 6 (if RAID 6 engine supported) and JBOD
  • Multi-layer SATA connector Internal Connectors
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Learn more about the Areca ARC-1230

Model

Brand
areca
Model
ARC-1230

Specifications

Type
SATA II (3.0Gb/s)
Internal Connectors
Multi-layer SATA connector
Interface
PCI-Express x8
Cache Memory
One SODIMM socket with default 256MB of DDR333 SDRAM with ECC protection, Upgrade to 1GB. An ECC or non-ECC SDRAM module using X8 or X16 chip organization
RAID
RAID level 0, 1, 1E, 3, 5, 6 (if RAID 6 engine supported) and JBOD

Features

Features
Intel IOP333 I/O processor
Write-through or write-back cache support
Support up to 12 SATA II drives
Multi-adapter support for large storage requirements
BIOS boot support for greater fault tolerance
BIOS PnP (plug and play) and BBS (BIOS boot specification) support
Intel RAID 6 Engine to support extreme performance RAID 6
NVRAM for RAID event & transaction log
Redundant flash image for adapter availability

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
3 years limited
Labor
3 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Anonymous
  • 7/3/2009 10:44:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPowerful and impressive

Pros: This thing has every bell and whistle you could ask for in a RAID card. RAID 6 support, upgradeable memory, Batteru backup support, online maintance (Change/Expand RAID, stripe size, all while online), out of band management. And its blistering fast.

I work with high end SAS RAID and SAN configurations on a daily basis and this card had features few in the top shelf servers I work on offer. The out of band HTTP management is slick, and email alerts work great!

Cons: There is a glitch with the Global Activity LED connection on the card, it uses some logic to determine the type of LED connection. Cases with blue LEDs have issues with this as the Blue LEDs dont report ot the card as the right kind of load. So you dont get any activity or only activity for one of the drives not global. I replaced one of the Blue LEDs in my Antec P182 case with a green LED from another case and it works perfect now.

Other Thoughts: I talked to Areca support on the LED issue and they have been responsive and helpful (while maybe having some language barrier issues with their Engrish), but overall great support!


My only real regret is I didnt get the 16 port as I want to put everything on this card now!

Also Newegg dropped the price $100.00 a few days after I bought mine... that stings...

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/16/2009 6:32:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsFeature Rich, Stable & Reliable

Pros: This card does all that I wanted it to do and more. Online expansion, migration, direct access to Array via network connection, just simply amazing. I've tried Adaptec, High-Tech RocketRaid and others. This was absolutely the best investment I have made in building my media server.

Cons: A bit expensive, but you get what you pay for....

Other Thoughts: This was my first experience with this company, but I'd most definitely purchase from them again!

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  • Mark B.
  • 1/8/2009 6:20:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast, reliable, robust!

Pros: It's fast and reliable, a very nice piece of hardware. I previously had a Promise Technology card, and had no end of problems. This card is rock-sold stable, and the Linux drivers jut work right out of the box. I'm running w/ battery backup, but just the base 256MB cache. I may end up upgrading to a full1GB, but not at this time.

Cons: None, really. Great product!

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/6/2008 9:09:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest SATA-2 PCI-Express RAID Controller

Pros: I've been using this card for over 2 years now using 5 Western Digital Raptors in RAID5. It remains top in it's class for performance even after 2 years. I get burst transfers of 720MB/sec and sustained of 258MB/sec reads with 8.2ms access times and 2% CPU utilization.

Cons: The power on beep is piercing and LOUD. Same with the alarm beeps but you can at least mute that. Compatibility is good but not 100% compatible with all mobos out there without some support. (I had to get a BIOS patch from DFI to get it to work on one of their mobo's but they were great about it and had the BIOS update to me 2 days later.)

Other Thoughts: Those above transfer rates are from my current configuration and can vary based upon the mobo/CPU/mem you use. I've seen others get 833MB/sec bursts with this same card in a different configuration. I am currently running it on an Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus mobo w/ 2GB DDR2-1066. But I've also used it with Intel based ones like the 975X I used to have as well as my eVGA 680i mobo that died and eVGA refused to RMA because they said the small amount of white silicone thermal paste down the side of the socket was considered physical damage.

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  • richard k.
  • 4/8/2008 5:00:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: card was easy to set up,this was my first non software raid card.Users manual was well laid out and had all the info i needed to get up and running first try.4 seagate es 250's raid 0 for boot set up,need 4 more.this adds a lot more speed to my rig then a faster proc. good job areca

Cons: none at all

Other Thoughts: abit quad gt,8 gig gskill (pc 2 8500),intel e 8400,ice dock backplane,running xp64 sp2.All works real nice together.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/26/2008 11:25:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Good card. Fast. Upgraded onboard memory up to 1G.

Cons: When unpacking very large files (>1g) or extensive writting to the card/HDs, the systems stops for 5 seconds every 20 seconds or so until the writting is completed. Tech support not much help on this one.

Other Thoughts: Faster than my adaptec cards, but drivers and operation not as stable.

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  • Dax K.
  • 12/23/2007 11:17:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorks with ASUS P5E-VM HDMI

Pros: Great performance. Works with RHEL5 .1 or CENTOS5.1. Works with ASUS P5E-VM HDMI motherboard no troubles.

Cons: Older desktop motherboards will have spotty compatibility if using onboard video. Be sure you have latest BIOS upgrade installed

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/20/2007 11:31:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFastest, but not for everyone.

Pros: This and all ARECA Card of this series are the fastest of the RAID Controllers from 3 manufactures, ARECA, High Point and Promise I have used, that a PassMark Sequential Read rating over 650MBs with an 8 drive RAID 5 setup. That is in there standard configuration using PassMark’s Performance Test program. I own or have installed for other people about 10 of this series of ARECA RAID Controllers.

Cons: As one other reviewer stated ARECA Controllers sounds a Loud Beep each time you boot the system and this for me is no problem, because I leave my systems on my home network on 24/7. There is one other point the other reviewer made was that he was thinking of buying the battery backup and that may stop this, “WRONG”, if you install the battery backup for the any of the ARECA 1200 Series RAID controllers and shut your computer down when not in use the Controller Beeps every few seconds to let you know that the battery backup is functioning. Again if you leave your computer on 24/7 this is no problem, other than you will know when you loose power at night.

Other Thoughts: Point on performance if you are going to spend the money to purchase one of these ARECA RAID Controllers, purchase the maximum Ram upgrade the Controller will take, because on my ARC-1230 using PassMark’s Performance test, upgrading the controllers memory from it’s standard 256MB to 1GB increased the overall performance by 40%. So, for 10-15% more cost you can almost double your Hard Disk system transfer rate. The biggest increase will be in Random Seek + RW, on my 8 drive RAID 5 array 256MB Controller was at PassMark rating was at 92MB with 1GB memory it jumped to 525MB transfer rate. Just remember the results you get will depend on the rest of your system, my system has a System PassMark rating of 1940 and I have not installed the new high Graphics Card yet, still using an old ATI X1900XT and 2.6GB CPU.

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  • James W.
  • 5/10/2007 2:51:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Card

Pros: Excellent card, never a problem and loaded with features. Fast.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Upgrading to the 1231ML card which uses the IOP341. Wow, fast.

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  • nathaniel y.
  • 11/28/2006 9:40:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe Best

Pros: Areca is hands down the best in class controller you can buy. have experiance with several others and have one problem or another with performance reliability, flexability etc. the raid 5 or 6 performance on these controllers is in almost every setup limited buy the speed of the drives you use.

Cons: from time to time the system wont boot or it boots with no array. im not sure why but i know im not the only one who has this happen. when it does this 1 reboot always works and it rarely does this. not a big con in my book and it it probably not a flaw, i know this does not happen in every setup. dfi nf4 s939, single core athlon and xp in this case.

Other Thoughts: with more than ~8 fast drives raid 5 or 6 the raid engine starts to bottleneck the throughput on this 12 channel controller. i wouldent list this as a con since its faster than any other raid card. the new models with a faster iop will be out very soon.

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