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areca ARC-1680X PCI-E x8 SAS PCI-E to SAS RAID Adpater

  • 0, 1, 10, 3, 5, 6, 30, 50, 60, Single Disk or JBOD
  • 2 x SFF-8088 External Connectors
  • Up to 3Gb/s
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Areca high-performance ARC-1680 series PCIe to SAS RAID host controller can provide up to (128) SAS/SATA ll peripheral devices using SAS expanders. The controllers are based on the same RAID kernel of field-proven external RAID adapters and same device drivers with widely used SATA RAID controllers. Applications that benefit most from these controllers include NAS, server RAID solutions, web servers, supercomputing, near-line backup, security systems and streaming applications.

  • newegg Serial Attached SCSI Ports With two external mini-SAS port, the Areca ARC-1680X supports up to 128 drives (with expander) for enhanced flexibility and speed.
  • newegg RAID Support The Areca ARC-1680X supports multi-level RAID configuration including RAID level 0, 1, 10, 3, 5, 6, 30, 50, 60, Single Disk or JBOD for better performance, enhanced data security and flexible capacity upgrades.
  • newegg 256MB Memory The Areca ARC-1680X features 256MB on-board DDR2-533 SDRAM with ECC protection for enhanced performance and maximum data integrity.
  • newegg On-Board I/O Processor The Areca ARC-1680X features an Intel Dual Core 1200 MHz IOP348 I/O processor for RAID core and SAS microcode.

Learn more about the Areca ARC-1680X

Model

Brand
areca
Model
ARC-1680X

Specifications

Type
SAS
External Connectors
2 x SFF-8088
Interface
PCI-E x8
Transfer Rate
Up to 3Gb/s
Cache Memory
256MB on-board DDR2-533 SDRAM with ECC protection for low profile board
RAID
0, 1, 10, 3, 5, 6, 30, 50, 60, Single Disk or JBOD
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003
Linux
FreeBSD
Novell Netware 6.5
Solaris 10X86/X86_64
SCO Unixware 7.X.X
Mac OS x(no_bootable)

Features

Features
Driver Support up to 128
Intel IOP348 I/O processor with SAS controller
Support up to 8 SAS ports
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 engine support extreme performance RAID 6 function
NVRAM for RAID configuration & transaction log
Redundant flash image for adapter availability
Battery Backup Module ready (Option)
RoHS Compliant

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 0 day


Customer Reviews of the Areca ARC-1680X

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  • Jason N.
  • 1/17/2011 12:35:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great

Pros: Hooked this into my Win7x64 machine and a Habey DS-1280 and the performance is lights-out. Speeds are 100+ mbps read/write in RAID-5 setup. Great long term investment and well worth the money.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: SSIA!

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  • james h.
  • 7/25/2010 9:14:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsWorks nicely in Mac Pro && is bootable

Pros: This is an awesome card; I've coupled it with an external SAS enclosure with 8 drives and get wonderfully fast speeds. And best of all, it's bootable on my Mac Pro with no drivers. I love the Ethernet port for management so that I don't want to install anything--it just works.

Cons: The bad part about using with the Mac is that you'll have to flash the EFI firmware from Areca's support download site. It's a bit buried, but it's there and easy to install.

Other Thoughts: As with most enterprise storage, the UI is functional but ugly. But for the money, this is a very nice direct-attached solution. I am very thrilled with this for my development work where I do a lot of heavy disk I/O on my Mac Pro. Finally the disk can keep up with the rest of the system.

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  • Michael T.
  • 4/20/2010 12:08:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Ok

Pros: Installed in a HP DL380G6 for use with an external drive enclosure. Works great.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I had two x4 slots on the riser card that matched connectors. I did read further and plugged it into a much larger x8 card since thats what the specs called for. It works as it should.

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  • Huazheng G.
  • 4/10/2010 11:40:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid card

Pros: What an amazing card!
This is my first SAS controller card, it is so fast that I will never go back to eSATA again. I have 8 X 2TB Samsungs in Sans Digital TR8X enclosure, set up the drives in RAID6. HDtune score gives ~550MB/Sec in read and ~448MB/sec in write performance.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I rarely write reviews, but the previous reviewer give this a 1 star. That is misleading, so I think I need to write a review to let everyone know this card is working. If you have used a RAID controller before, you know you can't go wrong with Areca.

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  • jose s.
  • 11/29/2007 10:18:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDoes not work

Pros: None.

Cons: Got my replacement. Finally figured out that the problem was the card cannot handle a 5-meter long cable, even though the SAS specs max cable length is 8-meter. Their tech support says they've only tested it on 3-meter cables.

Other Thoughts: Decided to move the raid drives to another enclosure. When I powered on the computer, the controller says all the drives are available for use - no raid array! Moved it to the original control and the same thing - no raid array!

Stay away from this. Oh, their support here in the States does not respond to email so you have to get tech support from Taiwan!

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  • jose s.
  • 11/2/2007 8:28:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCan't Get It To Work - Too Many Drive Fails

Pros: Glowing review from Arizona Mac User's Group led me to buy this product.

Cons: After almost a month of trying, I have not been able to get this card to work. I constantly get drive failure errors and have not been able to use any of the raids I've created with this card. I've got 2 other SAS cards that works with the same set of drives with no drive failures at all so I know it's not my raid or cables.

Other Thoughts: I'm hoping that I just happened to get a bad card. I've returned it for a replacement. We'll see if the replacement works.

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