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Item#: N82E16816132026

Rosewill RC-222 PCI Low Profile Ready SATA Controller Card

  • RAID 0/1/0+1/1+S
  • 4 x SATA 150 Internal Connectors
  • Up to 1.5Gb/s
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Learn more about the Rosewill RC-222

Model

Brand
Rosewill
Model
RC-222
Form Factor
Low Profile Ready

Specifications

Type
SATA
Internal Connectors
4 x SATA 150
Interface
PCI
Transfer Rate
Up to 1.5Gb/s
RAID
RAID 0/1/0+1/1+S
Operating Systems Supported
Supports Windows 98, Windows Millennium, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, XP, 2003 and Linux, Novell Netware, Supports 64bit / 32bit Windows Vista.

Linux 32bit / 64bit drivers support for Fedora Core2, Fedora Core3, Fedora Core4, RHEL 4.0, RHEL 4.0 Up1, SuSE 9.0 SP1 RC5, SuSE Pro 9.2, SuSE Pro 9.3. See SiliconImage SiI3114.
Dimensions
5.23" x 4.8" x 0.78"

Features

Features
Chipset: SiI3114

Provides 2 Brackets to Support Low profile PCI and Regular size PCI in one card.

48 bits LBA can Break Capacity-Limit to Support HDD larger than 137GB.

Hot-plug capability.

Fully compliant with Serial ATA 1.5G specifications.

Supports ATAPI commands.

Supports Spread Spectrum in receiver.

Independent 256-byte FIFOs (32 bit * 64 deep) per Serial ATA channel for host reads and writes.

Compliant with PCI Specification, revision 2.2.

Integrated PCI DMA engines.

Four Pin header on board for LED connection 32 bit, 33/66MHz fully compliant PCI host interface.

Acts as NON-RAID when not BIOS configured RAID.

Fully RoHS compliant.

*Note: 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.

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


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  • Kip A.
  • 1/19/2012 7:48:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSeems to Work OK - Sort of . .

Pros: Works great for adding SATA ports onto boards that have few of them.

Cons: I don't want to say this is a problem with this card, but my system no longer suspends with this card installed. Also, I am not able to attach more than one additional drive to the system. When I attached my two older 80GB drives in RAID-0, they would shut down after a few minutes. That could be a power rail limitation with my now 8 year old 230W supply however, but running an Atom N330 only sipped about 60W before I added this card.

Other Thoughts: Again, the problems I am experiencing could be due to my power supply, so unless these issues are a trend in these reviews, they probably aren't noteworthy.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
It does sound like a power issue, but some more testing will be needed to find out what is the actual cause of the issue. 230W really isn't a lot to go around. Are you able to try this card in another system and see if it does the same thing? That will let us know if it is for sure your power supply that is causing the issues. If you are still having issues after that, please contact the Rosewill support team either via phone at 800-575-9885 or via email at techsupport@rosewill.com.
Thanks,
Rosewill Customer Care

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  • Phillip D.
  • 11/15/2011 1:16:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Good it was reconized on boot up Windows 7 loaded drivers for it quickly.

Cons: None

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  • Stephen H.
  • 8/16/2011 8:37:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsUpdate to post from 1/26/2011

Pros: They work in WHS (32-bit) and WHS 2011 (64-bit) with the 5.0.73 BIOS and drivers on an ASUS P5GDC-V (Intel 915G chipset).

Cons: There appears to be some kind of incompatibility between this card and the Hitachi HDS723015BLA642 1.5 TB HDDs. I have two of those and two WD15EARS-00MVWB0 (1.5 TB "Green" with advanced 4k format) drives setup in a Windows-based soft RAID 5 array. One of the Hitachi HDDs kept dropping off, sending the array into critical mode. I did tests on all 4 drives using both Hitachi's bootable CD utilities and WD's Lifeguard utility, and neither found anything wrong. Switched the Hitachis to the MB SATA ports and now they work fine.

This card was horribly non-workable in a Win 7 x 64 computer. I tried a variety of BIOS and driver combinations, both from Rosewill and from S-I, with no luck and lots of bluescreens. That was on a Foxconn A9DA w/ 8 GB RAM.

Other Thoughts: I have a suspicion that there are different revisions of the SiI3114 chip and/or connected circuit, and only some of those support the RAID5 firmware upgrade.

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  • Lee L.
  • 5/25/2011 7:14:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood for adding SATA ports only

Pros: Great card for adding SATA ports to your machine if it does not have any or you have used all of your existing ones. Worked great with a 500gb RAID 1 configuration. See Cons regarding larger drives.

Cons: Would not work with Western Digital WD20EARS drives. This card would make my system unstable, requiring a reboot within a few hours. This problem would occur no matter how the drives were connected. It took purchasing a different RAID controller card to figure out that the card was in fact the problem, as I had nothing but success with a 500gb RAID.

Other Thoughts: I would not purchase this card again, as similar cards with SATA II speed don't really cost much more.

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  • Marcus M.
  • 3/30/2011 1:27:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood buy if you know what you're doing.

Pros: * 4 SATA I (1.5g) Ports
* PCI Based (important for my build)
* Silicon Image Based
* Cheap for what you get

Cons: The SATA ports are SATA I. This isn't really a problem seeing that you're connecting this card to your motherboard via the 32bit PCI bus.

RAID5. This is software based fakeraid. I would not buy this card to build any serious RAID-5 setup. There are plenty of horror stories from people using cards like this to do RAID-5. If you want this sort of capacity, you're likely going to want something from Areca or Adaptec.

Windows Server 2008 would *NOT* see this card with the card's installed BIOS.

Syba provided drivers that did not initally work for my situation. The documentation that Syba gave was poor at best.

Having to go to the OEM for drivers is not ideal. This is I dinged the product an egg.

Other Thoughts: The drivers that came with this card did not work for me on my Server 2008 install. What I did is go to Silicon Image's website, downloaded the "IDE" BIOS & reflashed the card. I don't need RAID-5 fakeraid capabilities so this wasn't a big deal for me. Once I did that, I installed "IDE" drivers for this card and it works great.

The throughput of this card is pretty decent for what I use it for.

The system I bought this card for is a file server running Windows Server 2008. It is based on an Atom 230 motherboard with 2gb of RAM. I needed more SATA slots and it had to be PCI as the single PCI-e slot is used by yet another hard drive controller for more SATA slots.

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  • Tony D.
  • 3/17/2011 1:41:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for my particular needs

Pros: Hot swap works fantastic now. I was going through the on-board controller and i would occasionally have problems booting up a drive... with this, there hasn't been one problem, thanks Rosewill!

Cons: none

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  • Peter D.
  • 3/11/2011 9:40:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Product

Pros: Low Profile, PCI 2.2, 4 SATA ports, RAID

Cons: No Windows 2008 drivers

Other Thoughts: Re-animated a legacy HP Proliant DL320 G1 server with this card, that allows to have a hardware RAID and breaks the 137GB PATA limitations. Installed Windows 2003 R2 Server, no problem. Unfortunately, no Windows 2008 drivers available.

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  • Jay H.
  • 2/7/2011 10:43:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat SATA Card

Pros: Relatively cheap, RAID options, 4 SATA ports, reliable controller.

I installed this on an old Sempron 1600+ machine with XP Pro to run a personal server. I already had 3 1.5TB Samsung HD154UI drives in software RAID-5 and it transferred to this controller flawlessly.

Cons: Somewhat slow, but that's to be expected with PCI interfaces. The hardware RAID options don't include RAID-5 either, but I would rather use software RAID anyways, it is not locked to a single controller.

Other Thoughts: I set up the RAID on the motherboard's onboard SATA ports. It had a Silicon Image 3112 chip (2 ports) and the onboard SiS controller also had 2 ports. The 3112 worked fine but the SiS controller kept disconnecting its hard drive and killing the array, so I bought this. Since I knew the 3112 worked well, I figured this one (based on the 4-port version, the 3114) would work as well. It does.

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  • Brian G.
  • 2/6/2011 9:18:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsRAID5 RE-REVIEW

Pros: - Works great with RAID5 (SOFT) firmware from Silicon Image website

- Easy configuration

Cons: - RAID5 software from Silicon Image is fugly and not laid out well (you have to drill down a menu or two in order to see drive health)

- Transfer times are still low

- Firmware upgrades had to be done to gain RAID5 and stability

Other Thoughts: A few months back I had this setup with two mirrored sets and had nothing but trouble from the word go. You can find my review on this done the line. I've since grabbed the RAID5 firmware, driver, and software from Silicon Image, search for SI-3114 on their site, and my results are much better.

I now have four 2TB 5900RPM drives running in RAID5 and have had ZERO issues. After the firmware update, reboot, driver update, reboot and software install everything was working great. Since the drives are 5900RPM and technically this RAID5 is a software RAID, the transfer times are not very good but honestly I think that is to be expected with this type of setup. Besides, this is all BACKUP space. Nothing that is constantly accessed except some music.

Server Specs

Windows Server 2003 (fully updated)
Pentium D 2.66GHz
4GB RAM (NON ECC)
RC-222
160GB x 2 Mirrored using MOBO RAID (SYSTEM DRIVE)
2TB x 4 RAID5

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  • Stephen H.
  • 1/26/2011 6:44:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSuspected of causing blue screens

Pros: Does not need to be used in RAID mode
Recognizes my BR ODD (an RC-218 would not)

Cons: Requires installation of drivers for O/S to see attached devices (RC-216 does not)
MB BIOS will not recognize installed disks
Occasional (daily) BSOD due to failure to power shut down (? something along those lines)

Other Thoughts: I got this to augment the 6 SATA ports on a Foxconn A9DA MB. I am using those for 6 HDDs in two RAID arrays, and I needed two more SATA ports for a swap drive and a BR optical drive.
Initially, drives are not recognized. I tried installing the latest drivers and BIOS from siliconimage (both 5.5.0.0 in IDE mode and 5.4.x.x in RAID mode with associated drivers), and had various problems including BSODs, failure to recognize ODD, hangs. Downgraded to 5.0.73 BIOS and associated drivers, and am able to see devices but getting occasional BSOD due to failure to respond to shutdown command. Will contact Rosewill, and RMA if cannot be resolved.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you very much for purchase the RC-222. We strive to provide the most reliable and highest quality products to our customers. The problem might be caused by a driver issue. Please update the drivers to the latest ones from our website. If you are still having problems or would like a replacement, please kindly contact Rosewill support team either via phone at 800-575-9885 or via email at techsupport@rosewill.com so we may assist you. We are eager to assist you in any possible way. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Thanks,
Rosewill Customer Care

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