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areca ARC-1220 PCI-Express x8 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card

  • RAID level 0, 1, 1E, 3, 5, 6 (if RAID 6 engine supported) and JBOD
  • Multi-layer SATA connector Internal Connectors
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The ARC-12XX SATA ll RAID host adapter is a high-performance PCI-Express bus to SATA ll Disk Array host adapter. The controller can provide up to 4, 8, 12, or 16 SATA ll peripheral devices on a single host adapter. When properly configured, the SATA host adapter can provide non-stop service with a high degree of fault tolerance through the use of RAID technology and advanced array management features. Intel IOP333 processor has integrated the RAID 6 engine inside. It offers Areca the advantage of reduced engineering and development costs, by having the New RAID6 function build-in and integrated part saves on component costs and internal PCI bandwidth. Intel emphasis on architectural commonality in IOPs allows Areca developers to capitalize on their existing code base.

  • newegg Serial ATA Support With multi-layer SATA connector, the Areca ARC-1220 supports up to 8 SATA II devices for enhanced flexibility and speed.
  • newegg RAID Support The Areca ARC-1220 supports multi-level RAID configuration including RAID level 0, 1, 1E, 3, 5, 6 (if RAID 6 engine supported) and JBOD for better performance, enhanced data security and flexible capacity upgrades.
  • newegg 256MB Memory The Areca ARC-1220 features default 256MB on-board DDR333 memory with ECC protection for high data transfer speed and maximum data integrity.
  • newegg On-board I/O Processor The Areca ARC-1220 features an Intel IOP333 I/O processor for fast processing.

Learn more about the Areca ARC-1220




SATA II (3.0Gb/s)
Internal Connectors
Multi-layer SATA connector
PCI-Express x8
Cache Memory
256MB on-board DDR333 SDRAM with ECC protection
RAID level 0, 1, 1E, 3, 5, 6 (if RAID 6 engine supported) and JBOD
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 2000/XP (Scsiport Driver)
Windows Server 2003 (Scsiport Driver and Storport Driver)
Redhat Linux and SuSE Linux
Solaris 10x86
UnixWare 7.1.x
Netware 6.5
Windows Vista
Works with Windows Vista


IntelR IOP333 I/O processor
Write-through or write-back cache support
Support up to 8 SATA II drives
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 6 Engine to support extreme performance RAID 6
NVRAM for RAID event & transaction log
Redundant flash image for adapter availability
Multiple RAID selection
Online Array roaming
Online RAID level/stripe size migration
Online RAID capacity expansion and RAID level migration simultaneously
Instant availability and background initialization
Automatic drive insertion/removal detection and rebuilding
Greater than 2TB per volume set
Support S.M.A.R.T, NCQ and OOB Staggered Spin-up capable drives

Manufacturer Warranty

3 years limited
3 years limited

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  • Nic A.
  • 12/8/2012 1:00:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: good operational performance. functions transparent to the OS.

Cons: no drive encryption support. SLOW TO POST!!!

Other Thoughts: this raid controller, like every other arecca controller I have owned, has one, and ONLY one fatal flaw. the time it takes to post. this controller takes 45 secconds to post and in a workstation that takes less than 10 seconds to post, boot, and launch firefox. this is somewhat off-putting. I know this controller is meant for server environments, and for that function/roll, I'd say this card is borderline OK. the lack of FDE support when most if not all HDDs on the market now support self encryption is ridiculous.

and yet, all this I could forgive if not for the fact that the controller died less than a year into operation.

the controller will post fine, and I can see my drives fine as well, the problem is that it keeps dropping my raid 5 array. I had to rebuild the array every day untill I gave up and changed to an LVM array on the motherboards onboard sata controller. it's bad when software raid outstripes hardware...

for the price, I'd expect more.

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  • Michael M.
  • 5/23/2011 2:23:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery compatible card

Pros: I have used 3Ware cards for 7 years and I spent weeks trying to find the right one. I needed a new RAID controller but there was no easy combination of drives and controller model that wasn't overkill and overpriced. All I needed was to update a home server. This card was very simple to set up and works with Samsung and WD drives. No timeouts and excellent performance. This card installs easily, drivers work well with Windows 2008R2 and performance is as expected. Bought the BBU as well. Works with the new Samsung F4 green drives as well as 7200 RPM F3 drives.

Cons: 30 hours for array creation. Have patience....

Other Thoughts: Finding the right controller and drives just takes time. In the end this card is about the right level to saturate a GB network link but not be overkill. Not what I'd buy for enterprise class work, but perfect for home.

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  • Kolu R.
  • 5/11/2011 1:03:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSolid entry-level RAID card

Pros: Fast. On my current setup of 6x ST31500341AS drives in RAID6 (4-drive stripe width), I get 205 MB/sec sequential write, 165 MB/sec random write, and just over 300 MB/sec on random and sequential reads on Ubuntu 9.04 Server with XFS filesystem stripe-aligned to the hardware stripe width (128KB). The card has also correctly recovered from drive failures and rebuilt onto replacements without losing any data or any downtime. Linux support is good. For the cost/performance ratio, I don't think there is a better controller on the market. Also, Areca controllers hold their value. I have owned this card for over three years, and the price has changed less than 10% during this time.

Cons: RAID IS NOT A BACKUP. 'Nuff said. The web interface is not pretty, but it gets the job done. Since you only see it when you are performing operations on the array, this is pretty rare and is not much of an issue. Functionally, it gets the job done, as long as you are aware of a few undocumented "gotchas," such as when replacing a failed disk in a redundant array, you must add the replacement as a hot spare and it will immediately begin rebuilding.

Other Thoughts: First installed this card in a Tyan S2865G2NR-RS, and then later upgraded to a Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-UD4H. The Areca ran great in both boards. Initially had 500GB Western Digital WD5000AAKS drives, which I then upgraded to 1.5TB Seagate ST31500341AS drives. The migration procedure I used involved creating two two-drive stripes with the new drives, one on the Areca and one on the onboard RAID controller to act as a temporary data holding area. The new array was initially created as a stripe (JBOD would have worked also), data copied to it, then additional disks added (the ones previously used for temp storage), then finally migrated to a RAID6. The whole procedure took a few days, but was straightforward and worked well. Just remember to carefully plan all steps in a migration like this in advance so that no time is wasted!

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  • Sam M.
  • 4/2/2011 2:26:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUPDATE - HORRIBLE

Pros: The card performs well for the price and has good overall specs.

Cons: So an update regarding my previous post. I bought this card on 01/11/2011 (go figure) and as soon as I installed it in the new server, it kept failing drive 2. I swapped drives thinking thats the problem, no dice, port 2 kept failing. I swapped SATA cables, no luck, ordered a new HDD cage, no LUCK..So obviously its the controller. It would strangely work for about 2 hours (while i setup SERVER OS and drivers, updates and other apps) and then all of asudden start beeping and show Disk2 Failed. - I contacted ARECA in Taiwan on March 14th, they deffered me to "TEKRAM USA" a LOCAL company for the RMA. - I sent them an email, days later I got an RMA number and instructions. I sent them the board, waited 1 week and received a box in the mail. - Packing slip said "BOARD TESTED OK" and "PORT 7 OK" and "RETURN TO CUSTOMER"... I sent them an email and they replied with "SORRY" and I asked for an advanced RMA or something and there has been no response for 4 days now. ABSOLUTELY THE WORST RMA!

Other Thoughts: I have NEVER had any manufacturer or their repair facility send me back the broken/defective item that I sent to them. Some just take forever, some just wont even respond. This is by far the worst, I waited almost 3 weeks to have my BRAND NEW card replaced and I got the same one back because of someone's incompetency or just laziness. I have one more board from a different client that has the same problem now and I am MAD at TEKRAM for their VERY poor service. I will escalate this to NEWEGG and if newegg fails to help me since I spend $80k a year or so here, I will do a chargeback and never buy areca and never buy from newegg. STAY AWAY IF YOU NEED FAST WARRANTY, OR BUY EXTRAS AS SPARES (like I did) AND THEN THROW AWAY THE DEFECTIVE ONES.... I AM VERY UPSET.

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  • Jason E.
  • 3/27/2011 6:07:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat bang for the buck

Pros: Fast, scalable, reliable. I've been running with Raid 6 attached to a hyperv Server 2k8 VM for 2 years now and not a hiccup. Online expansion of the array is pretty easy.

Cons: The interface is a little wonky, but that's forgivable with the low price of this card. Comparable cards cost at least twice as much when I purchased this card in 2008.

Other Thoughts: If you need a ton of redundant storage for home or small business this card is worth a look.

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  • Sam M.
  • 3/13/2011 5:08:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery good performance & value

Pros: Speed = Very Fast Card. Also, many of you complain about how expensive this card is. I beg to differ, go find a competitors card that has the same specs/performance and see how much it costs! We are all spoiled! I build servers with these cards all the time and I have probably bought over 20 of these boards so far. Overall, I couldn't be happier with the performance and speed. Sorry, no tech data...

Cons: The web interface is somewhat dull but overall usable once you get the hang of it. Poor documentation in my opinion. Lastly, out of all teh boards I have used, 2 of them have the same problem, they keep failing drive 2 for no reason. I have not found anything online so far and I have to now experience Areca's customer service for the first time. I guess we'll see how it goes.

Other Thoughts: I suggest getting the battery backup unit. This card is a must buy!

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  • Robert W.
  • 3/5/2011 12:15:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUpdate to earlier review

Pros: None

Cons: Has never worked right. Previous review complained of intermittent firmware and NVRAM failures. Now, it fails drive for no reason and on a power cycle they come back for a couple of minutes and are then gone again.

Other Thoughts: I just got this controller back from the factory on March 1, 2011. They say they replaced the main SATA controller on it. It has worked fine for a couple of days but now it just drops drives offline after a couple of minutes for no reason. Tekram is a joke to work with. They originally told me that it would be three weeks for the card to go back to the factory and return. It was 4 week before they shipped from Tekram and another week because they used slowest shipping.
Never buy any of this companies products. They just plain suck.

Tekram RMA#1973

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/14/2011 7:49:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsRAID Card

Pros: 8 Ports, PCIe 8x, Reliable. Great feature set and RAID 6 support.

Cons: Price, CPU only clocked @ 500 MHz. This model has been out for several years / slightly dated. Web interface is ugly (not a huge deal). Only 256 MB Ram / not upgradable.

Other Thoughts: Great RAID card with solid feature set. A little expensive for what you get but Areca makes some pretty good stuff.

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  • Shayne K.
  • 2/14/2011 9:41:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSick RAID Card

Pros: -8 Individual SATA II Ports
-Expansion Capabilities (suck as battery backup)
-Small Card Overrall great for tight builds
-Onboard Chip Cooler (mine was actually seated properly)

Cons: The starting instructions are incredibly vague. I had to fight with the controller when I lost a drive to actually use the new drive and write to it (apparently you need to set the new drive as a "Hot Swap", then go to rebuild array and it will start rebuilding, I did it inside Windows 7 with the web interface). When it finally took, the card was automatically set in low priority, and I still haven't figured out how to change it to high priority, so a RAID 5 with 255gb of data took almost 30 hours to complete, which needless to say, sucked.

Other Thoughts: I was able to set up the controller pretty quick when I disabled the RAID controller on the motherboard, I was able to see the controller in the BIOS. I set the new RAID 5 with the 8 drives, but even in high priority mode took 3 days to initialize, that hurt but I was leaving for a while anyways so was fine). Then I had to enable the onboard RAID which disabled being able to see the RAID controller in the BIOS, which was ok since I can't boot to 10+TB anyways. After Windows 7 installed I just was able to modify all the system setup stuff in Windows so I didn't need to see it booting up anymore.
MSI 870a-g54
Athlon 1090T 6core AM3 CPU
1350watt PSU
2x 320gb SATA II Raid 0 Primary Boot
8x 1.5TB Seagate Barracuda 7.2k RPM RAID 5
3x Plextor SATA DVD RW
ATI Radeon 9250
Custom Liquid Cooling for GPU, NB, SB, HDD(x10), CPU
Full Tower Case
USB 802.11n Draft

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  • Robert W.
  • 1/15/2011 10:56:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood when it works

Pros: Good when the BIOS will actually initialize.

Cons: Ninety-five percent of the time when powering on the system the BIOS will not initialize. I have to keep trying different combinations of power cycles, pull power cord, soft resets, etc.. in order to finally get the BIOS to initialize. I have sent this card back on RMA once with them sending it back only to say, "Tests okay!"

I also occasionally get NVRAM failures on power up and any time I look at the error log, which is stored in the NVRAM it is always random junk. It was this way when I RMA'd it the first time but it still "Tests okay!" I refuse to spend more of my money for shipping it back on another RMA just to get it back again stating, "Tests okay!"

Other Thoughts: When the controller works, it screams. However if you get a card that has problems and you have to deal with Areca directly, forget about getting your product fixed. Their customer support takes days to respond and, I believe, all they do is pull it out of the box, put it in a different one with a pre-printed note stating, "Tests okay!" They never actually test it.

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