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Item#: N82E16816132046

Rosewill RC-230 PCI Express 4 Ports SATA III HDD Controller Card

  • Up to SATA III 6.0Gbps
  • RAID 0, 1, 0+1, HyperDuo
  • Support Port Multiplier Function
  • Enabling 4 Ports from 4x SATA ports or 2x eSATA ports
  • Low Profile Bracket Included
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Learn more about the Rosewill RC-230

Model

Brand
Rosewill
Model
RC-230
Form Factor
Low Profile Ready

Specifications

Type
SATA III (6.0Gb/s)
External Connectors
2 x eSATA (RC-230 supports enabling of 4 Ports)
Internal Connectors
4 x SATA III (RC-230 supports enabling of 4 Ports)
Interface
PCI-Express 2.0 x2
Transfer Rate
Up to 6Gb/s
RAID
RAID 0/1/0+1, HyperDuo
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 8, 7, 2008 R2, Vista, XP (32 / 64 bit), and Linux 2.6.x and above

Features

Features
Marvell Chipset

Compliant with PCI-Experss Specification v2.0 and backward compatible with PCI-Express 1.x

Compliant with Serial ATA Specification 3.0

PCI Express x2 interface, and compatible with PCI Express x4, x8 and x16 slots

Supports communication speeds of 6.0Gbps, 3.0Gbps, and 1.5Gbps

Hot plug and Hot Swap

Supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ)

Supports Port Multiplier FIS based switching or command based switching
-max. 4 HDDs to PM for individual drive configuration

Compatible with SATA 6G, 3G and 1.5G Hard Drives

Support RAID function: RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10 and HyperDuo

Supports Windows XP/Vista/7/Server 2008 R2/8 (32 / 64 bits), Linux 2.6.x and above

Supports 48-bit LBA, maximum HDD size can be support are up to 144,000TB.

Supports ATA and ATAPI command and works with SATA Optical Drives.

RoHS Compliant.

Packaging

Package Contents
1x RC-230 4 Ports PCI Express SATA III HDD Controller Card
1x Driver CD
1x Low profile Bracket

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Todd W.
  • 10/29/2014 7:10:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPoor capability

Pros: Cheap.

Cons: First off this is the same product as http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816150041 check out the model number PI49230-2X2B on the board. All the chips are the same too.

Running xubuntu 14.04 3.13.0-24 This card had a conflict with something in the OS or virtualBox. When I installed 4x 3TB drives on this card and grew my existing raid5 5x 3TB drives it would fail about 5min into the reshaping process. Luckily I was able to boot into init3 and force continue the raid reshaping process. Now that its done I can get rid of this faulty card.

With VirtualBox uninstalled it seems that the card is stable for now. But I can't risk it.

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 our product please contact us at the number below or one of the email addresses below 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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  • Ashley S.
  • 5/29/2014 6:16:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis item is awesome.

Pros: This item did exactly what I expected it to. It is great that it is bootable.

Cons: The card raid set up is more server style. I prefer a more simple raid setup.

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  • William M.
  • 9/2/2013 7:43:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs4 drive limit to port multiplier feature

Pros: Works with stock linux kernel

Cons: The port multiplier support is limited to 4 drives. With an 8-bay enclosure, only four drives will be seen. With two multi-drive enclosures, only 4 drives will be seen.

For configuring the jumpers I found the manual less clear than the printing on the actual card.

Other Thoughts: One can argue the specs say "Max. 4 HDDs to PM for individual drive configuration" but that footnote didn't really make sense to me until after struggling to grow my total storage past the fourth drive.

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 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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  • Keith J.
  • 8/27/2013 4:31:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsIdentical to a Vantec UGT-ST644R

Pros: See "Other Thoughts"

Cons: See "Other Thoughts"

Other Thoughts: This card is identical to a Vantec UGT-ST644R, which Newegg currently sells for less money. Both use the same Marvell reference design and drivers. See my review under Vantec UGT-ST644R.

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  • R M.
  • 7/24/2013 12:53:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsHyper-Duo is a Winner !!

Pros: Hyper-Duo feature lets you combine an SSD with a regular spinning hard drive (HDD) to create a speedy Hybrid drive.

Also lets you combine two drives in traditional RAID array.

Cons: Adds several seconds to bootup time.

Other Thoughts: Hyper-Duo is an optional feature of the current generation Marvell 92xx chipset. It's similar to Intel Smart Response. Basically, you can combine any size SSD with any size HDD and get full SSD speed on all your frequently used stuff - games, programs, internet browser,and operating system. We have a different brand controller card with the same Marvell chip. We combined a 240GB Sandisk Extreme SATA III SSD with a brand new Toshiba 2TB 7200rpm 64MB cache SATA III hard drive. During the first day or three the system is learning how you use your computer and it begins copying all those files onto the SSD so that Windows can work really fast. The original files remain safely stored on the regular hard drive. An inexpensive 32GB or 64GB SSD will hold pretty much all you need (our use of a 240GB SSD is definitely overkill !). So, give it a couple of days learning time and you'll get the full benefit of Hyper-Duo.
Regarding measured performance: Instead of running benchmark tests (like HDTune, ATTO, CrystalDiskMark, etc.) just notice the time needed to start up Windows and open programs, load games, launch your internet browser and so on. That's the real test - speeding up your computer!

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