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Item#: N82E16816151038

areca ARC-1212 PCIe x8 SATA / SAS RAID Card

  • 0, 1, 10, 3, 5, 6, Single Disk or JBOD
  • 4 x SAS/SATA Internal Connectors
  • Up to 3Gbps per drive port
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Areca high-performance PCIe to SAS RAID host adapter can provide up to 4/8 SAS/SATA ll peripheral devices. The adapters are based on the same RAID kernel of field-proven external RAID adapter. Applications that benefit most features 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 one internal mini-SAS ports, the Areca ARC-1212 supports up to 4 SAS or SATA devices for enhanced flexibility and speed.
  • newegg RAID Support The Areca ARC-1212 supports multi-level RAID configuration including RAID level 0, 1, 10, 3, 5, 6, Single Disk or JBOD for better performance, enhanced data security and flexible capacity upgrades.
  • newegg 256MB On-Board Memory The Areca ARC-1212 features 256MB on-board DDR2 533 SDRAM with ECC protection for maximum data integrity.
  • newegg On-Board I/O Processor The Areca ARC-1212 features an Intel 800MHz IOP348 I/O processor with SAS controller for RAID core and SAS microcode.

Learn more about the Areca ARC-1212




Internal Connectors
PCIe x8
Transfer Rate
Up to 3Gbps per drive port
Cache Memory
DDR2-533 256MB
0, 1, 10, 3, 5, 6, Single Disk or JBOD
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003/Vista
Novell Netware 6.5
Solaris 10 x86/x86_64
SCO Unixware 7.x.x
Mac OS X 10.x (EFI BIOS Support)


Intel 800MHz IOP348 I/O processor with SAS controller

PCIe x8 link host interface

256MB on-board DDR2-533 SDRAM with ECC protection

Support write-through or write-back cache

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 event & transaction log

Redundant flash image for adapter availability

RAID Features
Online array roaming
Online RAID level/stripe size migration
Online capacity expansion and RAID level migration simultaneously
Online volume set growth
Instant availability and background initialization
Automatic drive insertion / removal detection and rebuilding
Greater than 2TB per volume set (64-bit LBA support)
Disk scrubbing/ array verify scheduling for automatic repair of all configured RAID sets
Support spin down drives when not in use to extend service life (MAID)
Support NTP protocol synchronize RAID controller clock over the on board Ethernet port

System status indication through global HDD activity/fault connector, individual fault connector, LCD/I2C connector and alarm buzzer
SMTP support for email notification
SNMP support for remote manager
Enclosure management (Serial bus and SGPIO) ready

RAID Management
Field-upgradeable firmware in flash ROM
In-Band Manager
Hot key "boot-up" McBIOS RAID manager via BIOS
Web browser-based McRAID storage manager via Http proxy server
Support Command Line Interface (CLI)
API library for customer to write monitor utility
Single Admin Portal (SAP) monitor utility
Out-of-Band Manager
Firmware-embedded web browser-based McRAID storage manager, SMTP manager and SNMP agent and Telnet function via Ethernet port
API library for customer to write monitor utility
Support Push Button and LCD display panel

Manufacturer Warranty

3 years limited
3 years limited

Quick Info


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

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  • Christopher K.
  • 5/23/2011 11:23:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMAC PRO 2010 FAILS

Pros: None. Quick RMA

Cons: Mac OS X 10.6.7 breaks many RAID cards. Out of box needed firmware upgrade. Poor direction does not mention to NOT use Safari to Upgrade Firmware .. use Firefox .. but still half of array not recognized ... none can be formatted. Poor Mac support ... shabby interface.

Other Thoughts: Beware of companies that claim the are Mac Compatible when you can visually see they are foreign PC users. Call tech and ask to speak to their Mac specialist. Ask them a few questions about the Mac and if they use one ... then hang up.

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  • Jamie E.
  • 9/24/2010 6:30:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsBest SAS for the $

Pros: Cheap, SAS, Out of band management, OS support is great,

Cons: May not fit in 1U or other space constrained cases which is a serious flaw

Other Thoughts: This is my favorite Areca card. Very low cost for a SAS controller. Works with a variety of OS's, and does it's job well. Has an out of band Ethernet port for super easy LAN based administration. The 1222 is the 8 port version of this card. If you're using this on a database server, I strongly recommend getting the battery BBM in addition to this or any RAID controller. It may not fit in 1U servers due to the heatsink cooling fan.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/25/2010 1:27:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsHorrible Areca Support

Pros: Newegg rocks. Instant RMA!

Cons: Card locked up repeatedly when trying to configure the drives. Areca says to call TekRam for support in the US. Contacted them, they agreed the card was defective and issued an RMA. They refused to pay for return shipping. Repeated explanations that I shouldn't have to pay to pay for shipping to replace a card that arrived defective fell on deaf ears. I told them I would no longer purchase Areca cards.

Other Thoughts: Newegg rocks. I got an instant RMA and they are refunding the money to my card. I will be purchasing a non-Areca card in a few minutes... ;)

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  • Matthew H.
  • 12/5/2009 11:05:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs1U Beware

Pros: Not DOA, instant RMA.

Cons: If you're working in a 1U case, this card isn't for you. With the fan attached, the card is about two millimeters taller than the retainer. If you're using a riser card, make sure you measure how much clearance you have.

Other Thoughts: The fan-out cable is nice, but it doesn't need to be three feet long (especially if the gap between your card and your hard drives is only four inches).

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  • Ran Z.
  • 9/27/2009 4:40:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent controller

Pros: Fast, inexpensive, Mac-bootable, easy to set up, responsive tech support, easy to read and comprehensive user guide, fan is quiet.

Cons: Backup battery is extra

Other Thoughts: I bought this controller because my new Mac Pro 2009 does not offer RAID 5; this controller fulfills that role. It does RAID 5 and offers an easy to use web utility that you can access on your web browser. Set up is quick, and the user manual explains every function and how to set it up. If you have a regular computer, you can use the BIOS set up without an issue; if you have a Mac, you need to boot up via rEFIt—I had to contact support for this and they were quick to respond and offered me the correct steps to use the BIOS configuration on a Mac.

The speed of the controller is fast. It can run off an x4 PCIe slot as long as the slots are full length and again set up was easy.

I wish the controller came with the backup battery as it's difficult to justify spending 1/3 the price of the controller on a battery. I hope Areca will reconsider the price of that, or maybe even consider integrating it onto the controller board. Of course this doesn't take away from this controller.

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