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Rosewill RC-222 PCI Low Profile Ready SATA Controller Card

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  • RAID 0/1/0+1/1+S
  • 4 x SATA 150 Internal Connectors
  • Up to 1.5Gb/s

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Seems to Work OK - Sort of . .

Pros: Works great for adding SATA ports onto boards that have few of them.

Cons: I don't want to say this is a problem with this card, but my system no longer suspends with this card installed. Also, I am not able to attach more than one additional drive to the system. When I attached my two older 80GB drives in RAID-0, they would shut down after a few minutes. That could be a power rail limitation with my now 8 year old 230W supply however, but running an Atom N330 only sipped about 60W before I added this card.

Other Thoughts: Again, the problems I am experiencing could be due to my power supply, so unless these issues are a trend in these reviews, they probably aren't noteworthy.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer,
It does sound like a power issue, but some more testing will be needed to find out what is the actual cause of the issue. 230W really isn't a lot to go around. Are you able to try this card in another system and see if it does the same thing? That will let us know if it is for sure your power supply that is causing the issues. If you are still having issues after that, please contact the Rosewill support team either via phone at 800-575-9885 or via email at techsupport@rosewill.com.
Thanks,
Rosewill Customer Care
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3/ 5
Update to post from 1/26/2011

Comments: I have a suspicion that there are different revisions of the SiI3114 chip and/or connected circuit, and only some of those support the RAID5 firmware upgrade.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Good for adding SATA ports only

Pros: Great card for adding SATA ports to your machine if it does not have any or you have used all of your existing ones. Worked great with a 500gb RAID 1 configuration. See Cons regarding larger drives.

Cons: Would not work with Western Digital WD20EARS drives. This card would make my system unstable, requiring a reboot within a few hours. This problem would occur no matter how the drives were connected. It took purchasing a different RAID controller card to figure out that the card was in fact the problem, as I had nothing but success with a 500gb RAID.

Other Thoughts: I would not purchase this card again, as similar cards with SATA II speed don't really cost much more.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Good buy if you know what you're doing.

Pros: * 4 SATA I (1.5g) Ports
* PCI Based (important for my build)
* Silicon Image Based
* Cheap for what you get

Cons: The SATA ports are SATA I. This isn't really a problem seeing that you're connecting this card to your motherboard via the 32bit PCI bus.

RAID5. This is software based fakeraid. I would not buy this card to build any serious RAID-5 setup. There are plenty of horror stories from people using cards like this to do RAID-5. If you want this sort of capacity, you're likely going to want something from Areca or Adaptec.

Windows Server 2008 would *NOT* see this card with the card's installed BIOS.

Syba provided drivers that did not initally work for my situation. The documentation that Syba gave was poor at best.

Having to go to the OEM for drivers is not ideal. This is I dinged the product an egg.

Other Thoughts: The drivers that came with this card did not work for me on my Server 2008 install. What I did is go to Silicon Image's website, downloaded the "IDE" BIOS & reflashed the card. I don't need RAID-5 fakeraid capabilities so this wasn't a big deal for me. Once I did that, I installed "IDE" drivers for this card and it works great.

The throughput of this card is pretty decent for what I use it for.

The system I bought this card for is a file server running Windows Server 2008. It is based on an Atom 230 motherboard with 2gb of RAM. I needed more SATA slots and it had to be PCI as the single PCI-e slot is used by yet another hard drive controller for more SATA slots.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great for my particular needs

Pros: Hot swap works fantastic now. I was going through the on-board controller and i would occasionally have problems booting up a drive... with this, there hasn't been one problem, thanks Rosewill!

Cons: none

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Good Product

Pros: Low Profile, PCI 2.2, 4 SATA ports, RAID

Cons: No Windows 2008 drivers

Other Thoughts: Re-animated a legacy HP Proliant DL320 G1 server with this card, that allows to have a hardware RAID and breaks the 137GB PATA limitations. Installed Windows 2003 R2 Server, no problem. Unfortunately, no Windows 2008 drivers available.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great SATA Card

Pros: Relatively cheap, RAID options, 4 SATA ports, reliable controller.

I installed this on an old Sempron 1600+ machine with XP Pro to run a personal server. I already had 3 1.5TB Samsung HD154UI drives in software RAID-5 and it transferred to this controller flawlessly.

Cons: Somewhat slow, but that's to be expected with PCI interfaces. The hardware RAID options don't include RAID-5 either, but I would rather use software RAID anyways, it is not locked to a single controller.

Other Thoughts: I set up the RAID on the motherboard's onboard SATA ports. It had a Silicon Image 3112 chip (2 ports) and the onboard SiS controller also had 2 ports. The 3112 worked fine but the SiS controller kept disconnecting its hard drive and killing the array, so I bought this. Since I knew the 3112 worked well, I figured this one (based on the 4-port version, the 3114) would work as well. It does.

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