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Rosewill RC-211 Silicon Image 2 port SATA II PCI Express Host Controller Card RAID 0/1/0+1/5 JBOD

  • RAID 0/1/0+1/5 JBOD
  • 2 x SATA II Internal Connectors
  • Up to 3Gb/s
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Featuring 2 internal SATA2 ports, the Rosewill RC-211 controller card provides a simple, straightforward way to add more expansion to your system. Using a PCI-Express x1 interface you can now use that tiny slot on your motherboard for something besides gathering dust. Also supported is RAID 0, and RAID 1 to enhance data access and control. Compliant with the Serial ATA 2 specification, the RC-211 will handle most SATA devices -- just make sure the device you are adding is compatible. If the hard drives are SATA2, the RC-211 will deliver high speed transfer rates up to 3.0Gbps.

Support for NCQ (Native Command Queue) enhances hard drive performance. Whether you have a tower case or a low profile desktop chassis, the RC-211 can be used by installing the optional low profile bracket. Last but not least, the RC-211 includes drivers for most Windows operating systems including Windows 2000/XP/Vista and Windows Server 2003.

  • newegg Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s with RAID The revolutionary Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s interface provides scalable performance for storage devices. SATA technology enables easy-to-install, high-performance and low-power hard drives. Two SATA ports support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1 and JBOD for better performance and reliability.
  • newegg PCI Express x1 Interface The PCI Express x1 interface provides 2.5 Gb/s throughput and full-duplex operation for enhanced performance.

Learn more about the Rosewill RC-211

Model

Brand
Rosewill
Model
RC-211

Specifications

Type
SATA II (3.0Gb/s)
Internal Connectors
2 x SATA II
Interface
PCI Express
Transfer Rate
Up to 3Gb/s
RAID
RAID 0/1/0+1/5 JBOD
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 2000 / XP / 2003 Server/2008 Server / Vista / Win 7 32&64bit

Features

Features
Chipset: Silicon Image SiI 3132.

Supports NCQ, Port Multiplier, Raid5, Raid10, Raid0, Raid1 and JBOD
48 bits LBA can Break Capacity-Limit to Support HDD larger than 137GB
Supports 1-lane 2.5Gbps PCI Express
Hot-plug capability
Fully compliant with Serial ATA 1.0 specifications
Supports two independent Serial ATA channels
Independent Link, Transport, and data FIFO
Independent command fetch, scatter/gather, and command execution
Supports Legacy Command Queuing (LCQ)
Supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
Supports Non-zero offsets NCQ
Supports Out of order data delivery NCQ
Supports FIS-based switching with Port Multipliers
31 Commands and Scatter/Gather Tables per Port
Two Pin headers on board for LED connection
JBOD is a virtual disk that combines all disk drives as one entire disk drive
Provides RAID 0 (Stripping) to greatly increase the performance of data transfer by simultaneously writing data to multiple drives
Provides RAID 1 (Mirroring) to protect the data from a disk failure by writing identical data on 2 drives
RAID 0+1 (Mirrored-Stripping) combine both Striping and Mirroring technologies to provide
RAID 5 (Distributed Parity RAID) has Highest Read data transaction rate and Good aggregate transfer rate
Raid 5 requires Port Multiplier and 3rd Drive
both the performance enhancements that come from Striping and the data availability and integrity that comes from Mirroring

*HDD Controllers are capable to support all HDD sizes, but different OS may limited the HDD sizes that can be supported. For example, XP 32-bit supports only up to 2TB.
*This Model supports Optical Drive (SATA CD/DVD-ROM including Blu-ray drives)

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the Rosewill RC-211

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  • Grover S.
  • 8/20/2014 7:59:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsworks

Pros: Was on sale and dirt cheap. Works the way I want it to after flashing it to a satalink instead of a sataraid controller.

Cons: Had to go to the Silicon Image website to get the flash, flash utility, and drivers, other SI based cards I have owned supplied them.

Other Thoughts: Probably voided the warranty but the latest flash and drivers work quite well and it performs the same as the motherboard controller.

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  • Kevin S.
  • 6/20/2014 12:56:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood for Expansion, NOT RAID

Pros: 2 Extra SATA Ports

If you don't have an open PCIe x1 Slot, you can put into a PCIe 2.0x16 Slot

Low Profile Bracket included for systems that need it

Cons: Read up on RAID at Wiki. RAID 5 requires a minimum of (3) HDD's, RAID 0+1 requires a minimum of (4) HDD's.

Therefore a "RAID" card with only (2) SATA Ports cannot do RAID 0+1/5, but the card clearly states that it can.

The bottom of my card even had a sticker on it that said RAID 5 Compatible.

Other Thoughts: I only needed this card to expand my SATA storage capabilities and at the time I wanted to expand on the cheap, so it served its purpose. However, if I had bought it for is ADVERTISED purpose I would have been highly upset. Normally, I think highly of Rosewill Products, but they got this one wrong.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you very much for purchasing this unit.
We strive to provide the most reliable and highest quality products to our customers.

We have submitted a request to change the product description to remove Raid 5, this card does not support it.

Phone: 1- 800-575-9885
Email: rma@rosewill.com
Email2: techsupport@rosewill.com

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks,
Rosewill Customer Care

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  • Margaret T.
  • 3/23/2014 12:38:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsRAID only, cannot be used as non-RAID

Pros: - It's a Rosewill product
- It's cheap

Cons: - It cannot be used as a simple SATA 2-port controller, which is unusual. They're defining "JBOD" to mean "spanned" here: concatenating 2 disks into a single logical volume.

Other Thoughts: I feel that Rosewill and Newegg let me down, since "JBOD" historically has not meant "span" and is not a type of RAID.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you very much for purchasing this unit.
We strive to provide the most reliable and highest quality products to our customers.

You may want to look into the RC-227 instead. If you are not fully satisfied with our product please contact us to better assist you in resolving your problem.

Phone: 1- 800-575-9885
Email: rma@rosewill.com
Email2: techsupport@rosewill.com

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks,
Rosewill Customer Care

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  • BENJAMIN B.
  • 1/23/2014 8:13:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks fine on W2K8 R2 64-bit

Pros: Works as it should. On a Proliant ML370 G5 Server, no problems so far. I have an RC-220 as well and it doesn't conflict in any form or fashion.

Cons: none

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  • Timothy M.
  • 1/6/2014 2:07:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsUnreliable stop-gap

Pros: Works. Detects drives that modern UEFI bioses might refuse to detect. Can be flashed to non-RAID card easily.

Cons: Super unreliable. Absolutely will not handle sustained reads. I started with two drives connected to this thing. Basically got a BSoD every single time Windows wanted to use VM on one of the drives, so I migrated one drive to a new drive and thought I fixed that problem. Finally today, I wake up to my computer being powered off. The remaining drive was wrecked. Took two or three chkdsk attempts just to "fix" it. Lost an entire program directory and a couple hours of my life.

Luckily, the mobo has miraculously fixed itself. Previously, the mobo refused to detect this drive, now it does. Not sure how that works, but I'll take it. Drive is attached to the mobo where it belongs. SATA card is back in the box where it belongs. Hopefully I'll never need this hunk of junk ever again.

Thanks for nothing to all parties involved. Silicon Image should be ashamed of themselves.

Other Thoughts: Just buy USB 3.0 adapters. They can't be any worse.

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  • Tina L.
  • 12/4/2013 9:44:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDrives....

Pros: Could not getting it working on windows 8

Cons: No Drivers for Windows 8.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you very much for purchasing this unit.
We strive to provide the most reliable and highest quality products to our customers.

This product uses the Sil3132 chipset which does not support Windows 8.

If you are not fully satisfied with our product please contact us to better assist you in resolving your problem.

Phone: 1- 800-575-9885
Email: rma@rosewill.com

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks,
Rosewill Customer Care

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  • Marko D.
  • 11/24/2013 10:27:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAs expected

Pros: Works well in Win7x64.
I have been using it since Feb 2013 and it works as expected. I am using both ports for Seagate Barracuda 3TB and WD Green 2TB.

Cons: Not aware of any so far.

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  • Fred B.
  • 6/12/2013 1:39:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot Reliable

Pros: * Price
* Many RAID options

Cons: * Crashed computer after 1 day
* RAID configuration was corrupt in BIOS after 2 days
* GUI tool is limited and difficult to get working
* Manual references features related to moving from another RAID controller that don't exist in either BIOS or GUI

Other Thoughts: If you need reliability, this is not the RAID card for you. Maybe I got a bad one, but if you've ever done this before you probably don't want to take a chance.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you very much for purchasing this unit.
We strive to provide the most reliable and highest quality products to our customers.

If you are not fully satisfied with out product please contact us to better assist you in resolving your problem.

Phone: 1- 800-575-9885
Email: rma@rosewill.com

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks,

Rosewill Customer Care

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  • Michael B.
  • 2/26/2013 5:08:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsThis is probably good for someone

Pros: This card is very inexpensive, the board is simple and has clean solder joints and quality connectors. It worked as a non-bootable hard drive controller card just fine. The manual has a lot of information and answers a number of common questions. Card supports more than 2 drives with a port multiplier.

Cons: No matter what way I tried, this card would not allow a drive to be bootable. I connected a bootable drive and tried several times to configure the arrays so that I could boot. I tried disabling the bios on the card but the controller was never bootable. Single lane PCI-e. Card was low profile and I had only one PCI-e port it would fit in because it couldn't clear the heatsinks etc directly behind my other PCI-e ports. The manual is written in poor English. Never found "pass-thru" mode, but if its in the manual I expect the firmware to already have support. The windows software for raid complains about UAC, I was never able to fix that even when I ran it as administrator.

Other Thoughts: I thought this card may be faster than my onboard controller, but I found out that wasn't the case in the end. Keep in mind this is a single lane PCI-e card, so even though this is 3.0Gbps SATA, PCI-e only supports 80% data due to encoding the clock, so the max 2.5Gbps PCI-e lane allows only 2.0Gbps of data each way.

I originally was worried about replacing my onboard FakeRAID with this Silicon Image based FakeRAID. The manual confirmed to me that this shouldn't be used for an OS drive, only a data drive.

Answer 21 in the manual says "we don't recommend to use RAID5, RAID0, RAID1, RAID10 as OS Disks. Please create the RAID setting and use the RAID features on Data Disks only."

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Please contact the Rosewill support team at 800-575-9885 so that we can assist you with your issue.
Thanks,
Rosewill Customer Care

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  • Patrick J.
  • 2/12/2013 5:31:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPlug and play

Pros: Piece of cake to install, didn't slow down my boot at all, works with a SATA Blu-ray drive without issue, red PCB, includes the SFF bracket if you need it, no drivers needed on Ubuntu 12.04+

Cons: No locking SATA connector

Other Thoughts: I needed an extra SATA port for my Blu-ray drive in a file server I built. To install this card all I did was set the jumper to disable the BIOS of this card and plugged it in to an empty PCI-E slot (I used a 16x slot but it only needs a 1x). My server already had Ubuntu Desktop 12.04 installed on it, boot time was normal and the Blu-ray drive was seen by Ubuntu without my needing to do anything. Other than setting the jumper it was entirely a "Plug&Play" experience.

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