The ARC-1320 series is a low profile host adapter. It brings the fastest available connections to 6Gb/s and 3Gb/s SAS/SATA interface storage on any computer, workstation and server with PCI Express 2.0 interface.
Pros: XP 32-bit support is listed on their website here: http://www.areca.com.tw/support/s_windows/nonraid_windows.htm
Cons: I haven't actually used this controller card.
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XP Support Lacking
Pros: Works on XP 64
Cons: Misleading on XP support
Other Thoughts: Since most XP machines have the XP 32 bit OS,
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New FreeBSD support
Pros: Two connectors, pcie 8 lane support. Product literature states FreeBSD support. Disk transfers through this card are much faster than using the onboard sata ports on my motherboard.
Cons: I discovered after installing the card that the FreeBSD native driver did not recognize the card. Areca's web site did not have a driver for FreeBSD listed despite all of the product literature stating it was supported. However if you are looking at this card the driver was posted to their site as of 1/17/12.
Other Thoughts: I contacted support and they responded immediately with a "beta" driver. When I asked what issues to look out for they said there were none. So far the driver has performed flawlessly. The disk attached through the HBA are visible and behaving normally.
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