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areca ARC-1680IX-24 PCIe x8 SAS RAID Card

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  • RAID level 0, 1, 10(1E), 3, 5, 6, 30, 50, 60, Single Disk or JBOD
  • 6xSFF-8087 Internal Connectors
  • 1xSFF-8088 External Connectors
  • Up to 3Gb/s per port

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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 one external mini-SAS port and six internal mini-SAS ports, the Areca ARC-1680IX-24 supports up to 128 SAS or SATA devices (with expander) for enhanced flexibility and speed.
  • newegg RAID Support The Areca ARC-1680IX-24 supports multi-level RAID configuration including RAID level 0, 1, 10(1E), 3, 5, 6, 30, 50, 60, Single Disk or JBOD for better performance, enhanced data security and flexible capacity upgrades.
  • newegg 512MB Memory The Areca ARC-1680IX-24 features one DDR-2-533 slot with default 512MB cache that can be upgraded to up to 4GB for enhanced performance and maximum data integrity.
  • newegg On-Board I/O Processor The Areca ARC-1680IX-24 features an Intel Dual Core 1200 MHz IOP348 I/O processor for RAID core and SAS microcode.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Martin K.
  • 8/31/2013 10:33:46 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect RAID Controller

Pros: Fast and reliable RAID controller, equipped with 2GB memory. Ran on EVERY motherboard I used, very easy to set up if you know what you do. Runs now with 60 disks of 2TB each (4 RAID-6 structures) with 2 CHENBRO SAS Expanders (unfortunately Newegg doesn't sell these expanders, had to buy them elsewhere). VERY satisfied!

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: Planning to switch to a ARC-1882ix-24 within a year or two, but not sure, because the setup runs so smoothly! My actual setup is:
NORCO RPC-4220 main box with 2 RAID-6 structures of 10x 2TB hard disks
NORCO RPC-4224 first extension case with a RAID-6 structure of 20x 2TB hard disks, connected with CHENBRO UEK-13601 SAS expander (original data)
NORCO RPC-4224 second extension case with a RAID-6 structure of 20x 2TB hard disks, connected with CHENBRO UEK-26301 SAS expander (backup of case 2)
If a disk fails I re-initialize it, clean it and rebuild it. Until now I didn't have to replace one single disk. Disks are different manufacturers and all consumer drives (RedWD, Samsung, Hitachi, Toshiba)
Works like a charm, very recommendable!

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  • Levi S.
  • 12/7/2012 1:26:08 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUpdate

Pros: Not sure at this point.

Cons: Bought this controller and 24 2tb drives to use as a storage chassis to hold data until it could be written to tape. Controller crashes the machine upon mount of any virtual drive larger than 16tb even with 64bit LBA mode selected. Have been trying for a week to get all 24 drives in a raid 6 which causes the controller web interface to lockup and reboot. Areca has been emailing back and forth to resolve the issue. They recommended using their thunderbolt driver which has now caused the server to fail to boot. So after reloading the server (Server 2012) and trying the thunderbolt driver a second time has caused the same results, this time without any configuration and no drives physically attached.

Other Thoughts: Go with LSI, their interface may not be as nice but it gets the job done and is cheaper. This was not worth the man hours put into this raid card.

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  • Judy R.
  • 3/30/2010 7:00:18 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsBad support, not for enterprise

Pros: - Very good performer when it works.
- Much connectivity (internal and external)
- Web interface

Cons: - Support is virtually non-existent. You get somebody e-mailing you in very bad English telling you the problem is not with them. Then they e-mail you an updated driver that's nowhere to be found on their site yet which makes it slightly better. When you let them know you have the same problem (same bug) but less frequent now they tell you they'll let their engineers know and you don't ever hear from them.
- Support for Solaris is just plain bad. The stock drivers crash the machine.
- Controllers hang when using the web interface or when pulling out more than one disk (hot-swap) at a time requiring a reboot.
- No overview of cache or cpu usage.
- One of our drives was bad but it won't let you know - the controller keeps retrying
- It seems to ignore fsync's - it doesn't flush the caches.
- Under very high load, it will perform very badly.

Other Thoughts: I've tried and tried with these controllers. I have two of them now but I'll be investing in a cheaper LSI, Promise or Adaptec.

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  • Alan M.
  • 2/18/2009 9:04:40 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Controller

Pros: Insanely fast! 10 * 7200.11 750GB in Raid 6. First 2TB Avg Read = 720MB/s - Burst 1250 MB/s - Seek 9.7ms.

I have migrated my raid from one of the ARC-1220 cards, just plug and play. I was originally running 8x300GB drives.

Easy to use once you know what the terms mean.

Cons: Documentation is a little weak; hard to find exactly which memory will work (mine originally came with 512mb).

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  • Edward K.
  • 1/4/2009 11:33:06 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsLast Comment Incorrect - Does Support Boot

Pros: To correct the last comment: This controller DOES support booting. You have to update to the latest firmware (keep in mind there are multiple versions of 1.45....80915 is the latest). I have booted off multiple drives and multiple array types. Each firmware update improves behavior and performance and makes more drives compatible.

Cons: SATA STR is lower than what many people will expect due to SAS overhead.

Other Thoughts: Strength of this controller is in random access patterns and improved parity calculation efficiency.

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  • Marc K.
  • 12/16/2008 8:37:05 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsDoesn't Support Booting with Vista64

Pros: Very fast. Tons of features. This is almost like installing a SAN - it can do anything you are likely to want to do. I installed the battery backed cache option plus the 2gb memory upgrade to get the best performance. I have it installed in a skulltrail system in one of the 16x slots on the motherboard.

Cons: After much frustration, I have finally figured out that this card (and perhaps other Areca cards) cannot support boot devices with Vista64. It seems even though they supply Vista64 drivers, they don't actually support booting. Apparently they USED to, but when service pack 1 of Vista64 came out, it broke the drivers. Since Areca still doesn't have this fixed, I would make sure you understand you will not be able to boot from drives attached to this controller if you are using Vista64.

Other Thoughts: I used a pair of Velociraptors setup as Raid1 on build in Intel raid controller on my Skulltrail system. They I used this controller for 3 separate arrays of 14 1TB Seagate es2 drives. Array 1 is a pair in Raid 1, and Arrays 2 and 3 are both Raid 5 using 6 drives each (5gb usable space on each array). I also have a hot spare configured which the controller can use.

Works like a charm if you don't need it to boot with Vista64.

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  • Filter D.
  • 9/29/2008 4:30:42 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery fast

Pros: Incredibly fast thanks to the IOP348 processor. Runs much cooler than the Adaptec 5 series based on the same processor (Mine idles at 47 celsius). No artificial 16 drive limit in an R6 array like the Adaptec 24 port card has.

Cons: Incompatible with a wide range of SATA drives thanks to the IOP348 processor (Seagate AS, Samsung). The HDD compatibility list from Areca is incorrect, and contradicts my own experiences, as well as multiple emails from Areca support. Contact them directly before planning a system based off SATA disks.

Other Thoughts: I can't comment on SAS compatibility. Once updated to the latest BETA firmware, it IS compatible with WD SATA hdd's. I'm now using with with an array of WD1001FALS (after returning the Seagate 1TB AS' I initially purchased), and after updating the firmware it's been solid. I haven't tested it with the new 1.5TB drives from Seagate, but considering they are also the AS series consumer drive model I'd make sure the store had a good return policy before trying it. Despite it's compatibility issues I gave it a 4 because of the great support Areca provides, and because it's so dang fast.

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