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areca ARC-1222 PCIe x8 SATA / SAS RAID Card

  • 0, 1, 10, 3, 5, 6, 30,50,60, Single Disk or JBOD
  • 8 x SAS/SATA Internal Connectors
  • Up to 3Gbps per Drive Port
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The ARC-1222 from Areca will grow and change with your storage needs. This high-performance PCIe-to-SAS RAID host adapter provides up to 8 SAS/SATA II peripheral devices. This card features the Intel IOP348 I/O processor, the fastest I/O processor in Intel’s product line, offering unlimited storage design flexibility from scalability, cost and performance perspectives.

This card supports RAID levels 0, 1, 10, 3, 5, 6, 30, 50, 60, Single Disk or JBOD and has a maximum of 256MB of ECC DDR2 onboard cache. You work hard for your money; put it to good use with this highly economical, yet very effective controller.

  • newegg Serial Attached SCSI Interface With two internal mini-SAS port, the Areca ARC-1222 supports both SAS and SATA devices for enhanced flexibility and speed.
  • newegg RAID Support The Areca ARC-1222 supports multi-level RAID configuration including RAID 0, 1, 3, 5, 6, 10, 30, 50, 60 and JBOD for better performance, enhanced data security and flexible capacity upgrades.
  • newegg 256MB On-board Memory The Areca ARC-1222 features 256MB on-board DDR2 533 SDRAM with ECC protection for maximum data integrity.
  • newegg On-board I/O Processor The Areca ARC-1222 features an integrated 800MHz Intel IOP348 processor for fast hardware RAID parity calculations.
  • newegg PCI Express x8 Interface The Areca ARC-1222 features the PCI Express x8 interface which provides sufficient throughput and full-duplex operation for enhanced performance.

Learn more about the Areca ARC-1222

Model

Brand
areca
Model
ARC-1222

Specifications

Type
SATA / SAS
Internal Connectors
8 x SAS/SATA
Interface
PCIe x8
Transfer Rate
Up to 3Gbps per drive port
Cache Memory
DDR2-533 256MB
RAID
0, 1, 10, 3, 5, 6, 30,50,60, Single Disk or JBOD
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003/Vista
Linux
FreeBSD
Novell Netware 6.5
Solaris 10 x86/x86_64
SCO Unixware 7.x.x
Mac OS X 10.x (EFI BIOS Support)

Packaging

Package Contents
ARC-1222
2 x MiniSAS to SATA

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
3 years limited
Labor
3 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Keven H.
  • 6/11/2014 10:44:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsRAID Controller Failed After 3 Years of Light Use

Pros: While it was working I was happy with the card's capabilities and performance. Being able to use HTTP to monitor the card was a big plus. I run a headless server and not having to drag a keyboard, monitor, and mouse to check on the system was helpful.

Cons: This RAID card died after 3 years of light use! Unfortunately it took me several months before I had time to isolate my problems to the card (I was getting Windows BSOD crashes). Thus I'm just outside the 3 year warranty period. I have not tried to contact Areca yet, but given how many others have had similar problems I'm hoping for some leniency in enforcing their warranty. I expect that's what is needed to keep me as a loyal customer.

Other Thoughts: My initial symptom was sporadic Windows BSOD failures. Since I'd recently installed software patches I thought they introduced my BSOD problem. But after re-installing the OS several times, stress testing RAM, CPU, etc., I finally isolated the sporadic BSOD to this RAID controller. The BSOD error simply said, "Critical Process Died," but without any other details or logged messages about exactly what failed.

About a month after the BSOD problems began I got one of the CPU undervolt errors that others have mentioned.

Although I really like the HTTP capability of Areca RAID cards given the poor quality of this Areca card I'm reluctant to purchase another Areca card and am considering something else such as LSI or Intel.

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  • Jeremiah L.
  • 2/8/2014 7:05:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsfailed after 2.5 yrs of light use

Pros: Works well up until failure.

Cons: Failed due to known bad component.

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  • Eric J.
  • 10/30/2013 8:35:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: RAID 6, plenty of configuration options. The http management utility is nice, and the Ethernet port on the back makes it even more useful. The price is reasonable for what you are getting.

Cons: Drive Compatibility

Other Thoughts: Check the drive compatability chart on the manufacturer's website before purchasing this card and/or drives to go with it. Consumer-level drives are a total no-go unless you can disable TLER (or its equivalent). Even enterprise-class drives can have issues, though. I got a reasonable deal on eight Samsung F3R HE103SJ drives (specified as suitable for RAID), and still had problems. I eventually discovered that they will work if you disable NCQ and use 150 MBps SATA, but that makes the performance worse than a single decent disk.

On another note, my card was having intermittent CPU 1.2v undervolts (this is apparently a known problem on some v1.2a cards, and typically locks up the machine). While the support information on their website is not great, after email contact was established, I received a new card in about one week. It probably could have happened within about five days had I been able to prepare the RMA form during business hours and been willing to pay for overnight shipping of the defective card.

All-in-all, I may or may not buy another Areca card when I need a new RAID solution. Had I read more about other people's snags with this model, I may have had a better experience. I do find it annoying that they do not seem to try to go for a wide variety of disk compatibility or fix issues like that with firmware updates.

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  • Sylvain M.
  • 5/7/2013 7:38:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsbrackets

Pros: Really love the product

Cons: Don't forget, you you need JBOD, then you have to set the drives as passthrough.

Other Thoughts: I need two long brackets for this device. I have short ones.
anyone not needing the long brackets please contact me.

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  • Brenton P.
  • 3/21/2013 11:57:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat Card - Faulty Batch

Pros: -Great Speed
-Extremely easy to get a RAID 6 array set up (Eight 2TB drives = 11TB of usable storage space)
-For the first 2 years it worked flawlessly, no complaints.

Cons: -Bought the card on 1/24/2011, started noticing strange issues on 1/13/2013. Began with the computer locking up, and once rebooted the RAID card gave an error that it couldn't initialize the firmware. So I unhooked one of the drives and it booted just fine. Put all drives back into the RAID array, rebuilt and the computer would run for 30-45 minutes before locking up again.

At this point I thought it was a problem with one of the HDD's in the RAID array going bad, but the ARC-1222 logs showed nothing. So I began to pull each drive out of the array and run individual diagnostics. One had a bad sector, but that isn't unusual for a 2TB consumer grade drive.

Contacted Tekram to get it swapped out under the 3 year warranty (Call them, DO NOT E-MAIL - I got no response to any of the e-mails I sent to Tekram support, but as soon as I called and asked for an RMA the process went smoothly).

Plugged the new card in and it works great again!

Interestingly enough it would seem that there was simply a faulty batch created and sold ~2 years ago (See other thoughts). According to Areca sales this should no longer be an issue - hope this is true as I want this card to last longer than 2 years!!

Other Thoughts: -I use this in a home media server. It is powered 24/7, and has roughly up to 8 clients connected streaming media during peak usage. No hiccups until the card died.


Doing some Google searching I dug up this bit of knowledge about this card that was sold roughly 2 years ago:

"Hi

This is xxx Sales Manager in Areca.

I feel very sorry about the failure rate of ARC-1212/1222 which caused your big trouble.

The defective rate is from one power mosfet component which we bought from International Rectifier, the biggest supplier in the world. The high defective rate happened from their one production period lot. It would possible happen in one or two years later with some percentage but not happen 100%. We have asked them to submit analysis report but I did not get the report till now. ( = 09/2012 )

The version of 1.2B, 1.3 are without problem, and we have shipped version of 1.2B and 1.3 more than one years. So, it means the problem only happen in the products which sold out around one or two years ago.

The model of ARC-18xx are without problems. The model of ARC-168x series is the same status too, but few qty happened till now.

Best Regards"

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  • Christopher H.
  • 3/18/2013 4:22:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsThis sort of thing is my bag

Pros: Extremely fast, low failure rates, rock bottom price, apache server built in for management

Cons: The web interface lacks polish as does the on-screen interface. Many advanced features can only be reached from the web interface.

Other Thoughts: We use these all day long in critical environments that are high traffic with databases.

They handle drive failures like a champ, and handle RAID5/6 at speeds fast enough to fully saturate 2 gig nics.

For the price these things cant be beat, dont forget to keep a cold spare on hand in case of failure, I'd hate to wait for an RMA.

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  • Joshua W.
  • 2/19/2013 1:37:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Good While it lasted

Cons: For a lower level enterprise cards died after 18 months in a low usage media server. First indication it was going was drive freezing then the web access for monitoring went out. I expected more out of enterprise level hardware, rest of the server has had no hick-ups and has been on 24/7 for over 18 months.

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  • HECTOR G.
  • 1/30/2013 4:12:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card, Excellent at Home

Pros: This card has the capacity to be controlled via the embedded web server (Ethernet port connected).
You can create boot-able volumes, and has several RAID levels.
High Performance Card, I have seen 400 MB/s transfer rates + with 4 WD caviar black disks in raid 5.
Excellent Customer Support... after 1.5 years the card went bad, but I received a replacement without hesitation from ARECA. did I mentioned EXCELLENT customer support.
Easy to upgrade firmware, works with windows 8 and intel socket 2011 MoBos.

Cons: went bad after 1.5 years.
but it was replaced by ARECA, 3 yr warranty. :)

Other Thoughts: This card can connect with the provided wiring up to 8 Disks, so if you plan to fully use it, you need to plan for a case with enough Disk slots and a nice power supply.

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  • Level M.
  • 1/29/2013 10:38:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat product

Pros: PCI-X Bus, LP . Works on Nexenta , Solaris etc. Seperate network jack for alerts on the card directly and a web interface make this a big bonus.

Cons: I wanted to use one of the 12 bay RM cases here but it had a backplane and I had to order custom cables the SFF8087 8088 cables , which made it less messy inside but just an FYI.

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  • Scott K.
  • 1/21/2013 10:36:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: Works as designed. Performance is great.
Been using this card for 1 1/2 years in a white-box server, running 2k8 R2 Hyper-V, and as home NAS.
Never had a performance issue, and can saturate 1Gbit network sending/receiving data.

Cons: Initializing takes some time, no quick initialization. Re-activating a RAID set is not intuitive from console/GUI, but read the manual and it's easy to figure out.

Other Thoughts: This is the 2nd card, the 1st one started failing and eventually had no I/O to raid sets. Areca support provided an RMA, and the original card is still in the RMA process.
This card (replacement) saw all the disks & raid sets, imported them without issue, and I was back up and running.

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