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areca ARC-1320-8I PCIe 2.0 x8 Lanes MD2 Low Profile SAS 8 Ports PCIe 2.0 6Gb/s SAS Host Adapter

  • 2 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS Internal Connectors
  • Up to 6Gb/s
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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.

  • newegg Add 2 x Mini SAS Connectors with PCI Express 2.0 Interface The ARC-1320 series host adapter cards add 2 x Mini SAS connectors for your computer, workstation or server with PCI Express 2.0 interface and support a maximum 128 SAS/SATA devices using SAS expander. Compliant with SAS 2.0 and backward compatible with SAS 1.0, the ARC-1320 series supports both 1.5/3.0/6Gb/s SAS disk drives for data-intensive applications, and 1.5/3.0/6Gb/s SATA drives for low-cost bulk storage of reference data.
  • newegg Easy Management The ARC-1320-8I 6Gb/s SAS host adapter supports Command Line Interface (CLI), and utilize legacy BIOS setup and API library for customer to write monitor utility. Plus, enclosure management is easy via LED header and SES/SGPIO.
  • newegg Maximum Interoperability The ARC-1320-8I 6Gb/s SAS host adapter supports a wide range of operating systems including Windows 7/2008/Vista/XP/2003/, Linux (Red Hat and SuSE), FreeBSD, Solaris 10/11 x86/x86-64, and Mac.

Learn more about the Areca ARC-1320-8I


Form Factor
MD2 Low Profile


Internal Connectors
2 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS
PCIe 2.0 x8 Lanes
Transfer Rate
Up to 6Gb/s
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 7, 2008, Vista, 2003 and XP
Linux (Red Hat and SuSE)
Solaris 10/11 x86/x86-64
Mac OS X 10.4.x/10.5.x/10.6.x (no-bootable)
64(H) x 167(L) mm


Support 1.5, 3.0 and 6 Gb/s SAS and SATA link rates
Support a maximum 128 SAS/SATA devices using SAS expander
Available in a low-profile form factor
Low-profile bracket

Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) 6Gb/s:
Serial Attached SCSI (SAS-2.0) compliant
Supports wide port (Any combination of x1, x2, and 4x)
Supports Serial SCSI Protocol (SSP)
Supports SAS Management Protocol (SMP)
Supports Serial ATA Tunneling Protocol (STP)
Hot-plug capability
Staggered spin-up control

Serial ATA 6Gb/s (Direct Attach):
6Gb/s compliant with speed negotiation to 3Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s
Support Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
Support Port Multiplier

Easy Management:
Legacy BIOS setup utility
Supports Command Line Interface (CLI)
API library for customer to write monitor utility
Enclosure management for internal port via LED header and SES/SGPIO
Enclosure management for external port via SAS expander

Quick Info


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

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  • Robert S.
  • 9/19/2013 9:22:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsXP32 Drivers

Pros: XP 32-bit support is listed on their website here:

I haven't used this varient of Areca controller cards, but I have found they support (ARC-12xx) all every version of windows I have ever needed whether 32 or 64 bit.

Cons: I haven't actually used this controller card.

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  • Ray Z.
  • 9/21/2012 7:03:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsXP Support Lacking

Pros: Works on XP 64
Hardware works great.

Cons: Misleading on XP support
Website and installation disk lacked working
XP 32 drivers, returned widows error code 39.
(Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware)

Other Thoughts: Since most XP machines have the XP 32 bit OS,
this can cause headaches for Newegg Support Staff.
Areca needs to update the drivers or remove XP 32 compatability from Newegg's Description.

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  • William W.
  • 2/5/2012 8:16:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNew 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.

Updating the firmware requires DOS.

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.

I was able to update the firmware using FreeDOS and building a bootable CD.

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