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areca ARC-1260 PCI-Express x8 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card

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  • 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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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great Card

Pros: Tons of ports. Great reliability. Never had any issues with it.

Cons: a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for.

Other Thoughts: It takes a while to load all the drives, but that is to be expected.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
5/ 5
Almost a year of solid use and no issues

Pros: Supports 16 drives on SATA2.
Supports RAID6.
Expandable cache.
Came with all necessary cables.
Very good documentation included.
Easy to navigate firmware menus.
PCI-E 8x.

Cons: Default bundled cache seems small for the number of drives it supports.
Newegg did not carry the upgraded 1GB cache module at the time of purchase.
Expensive...but if you want a real RAID with real reliability, why cheap out?

Other Thoughts: This was the integral part of a fileserver I purchased and assembled February this year. In its initial configuration the machine has eight 1TB drives in a RAID6 array, providing 5.45TB formatted space. Both the 3U chassis I went with (Norco RPC-3116) and this controller card allow for sixteen drives total, thus providing generous expandability, especially in the light of 2TB drives now becoming reliable enough for this kind of use. Setting up the array only took four hours, I had expected it to be much slower. This card has drivers for both Server 2003 as well as Server 2008, in addition to linux drivers thus maximising its usability in different environments. In ten months of continual use I have never had a single issue with this card.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great card

Pros: Great Linux/FreeBSD driver support, embedded ethernet port for remote configuration outside of the OS, sixteen ports, extremely fast RAID6 engine. A book for the manual, rather than a pamphlet. Decent right-angle cables included. The cli32/cli64 utilities from Areca's website are awesome, and much better than 3ware's tw_cli, in my opinion.

Cons: Price, but it's worth every penny of it, and in an enterprise environment it isn't really that expensive.

Other Thoughts: Debian Etch's stock kernel includes drivers for the card. Apparently, drivers also made it into the 2.6.19 vanilla source, too, so any newer distribution won't have issues with it. They have binary drivers on their website and a source patch for older kernels. FreeBSD7 detects it out of the box, too.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5

Pros: Works great. I had no problems getting this to work with XP and Linux RHEL 4. It's fast and combined with three 5-in-3 SATA backplanes, I was able to fit 16 front removable drives in one case. I'm using RAID 5 with 5 drive sets.

Cons: This didn't work with the first MB I tried. I assume the MB didn't support PCIe x8 correctly. It just beeped at me without POSTing (no bios error or anything).

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
5/ 5
Good card

Pros: Ports galore! For high quality, high performance controllers, it's either areca or 3ware/AMCC.

Intel IOP333 is plenty fast unless you're running an enterprise level server with extremely high I/O demands (like an MS SQL Server DB with lots of data/users). The RAM is upgradable to 1GB. Cannot hear the fan at all.

Emailed areca two different questions and received accurate/clear responses in < 24 hours.

My distributor is Tekram, and from what I've gathered, they're very good to do business with in the event of any required warranty work.

Manual is literally a book.

Got the open box version and it came with everything - you'd never know it was an open box, it didn't even look like it was opened. Newegg's open box deals have always rocked for me!

Cons: Sloooooow controller F/W initialization - roughly 15 seconds. Wish all 16 ports were together instead of having 6 on the side, but that's kind of being nit-picky.

I have a RAID 5 stripe set to 128KB and all other RAID functions at default, 4 Seagate 750GB drives, and Linux XFS file system (default parameters). I forgot to pull the lame SATA 150 jumpers Seagate installs on their drives (to limit the bandwidth to 150) and I was getting ~230MB/s. The controller verified the drives were only connected at 150. Since I pulled the jumpers, the controller now verifies the drives are connected at SATA 300, but I'm topping out at ~180MB/s. How does that work? *confused* Just emailed areca today about that one.

Other Thoughts: According to 3ware, they do not "officially" support desktop mobo's, although you can find anecdotal evidence on the net and in some of the 3ware reviews on newegg that they do on some boards.

This card is supported by a vast array of desktop motherboards. Go to http://www.areca.us//support/download/RaidCards/Documents/Hardware/MBCompatibilityList_011606.zip to get a list of all mobo's areca has tested their PCI-E cards on. I'm using in the Jetway SLI mobo listed in the document and it works fine. The Jetway board is a little unique in that it has 3 PCIx16 slots, but the two SLI slots only run at x8 speeds and the slot in the middle runs at x16. Through trial and error, I finally found the one configuration that would recognize the controller: Video card in x16 slot and controller in bottom x8 slot - no other configs would work.

90 degree cables bundled were a life saver and are plenty long for large cases. They also have high quality locking clips on the drive end.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Really good card

Pros: The manual isn't a pamphlet like so many these days. Its more of a book. Also comes with a passive heatsink to replace the active hsf, if so desired. But if you're using this in a server environment... who cares!

Cons: 16 SATA cables really makes a spaghetti mess! The firmware interface is cruder than others but it has more to do with friendliness rather than features.

Other Thoughts: I used this card to build a data node for a cluster using the supermicro cse-933 and they work great together. Using 15 500GB drives in RAID6 provides me ~6.5TB, so I can't complain.

Some have said that the cost is extreme, but for a server grade product, its normal. Much better than going OEM.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5

Pros: Best raid card I've ever used, even my old job's data center didn't have anything this nice.
Running 9 400GB seagate hds in raid6 with over 100MB/S read!

Cons: 1/3 the cost of my truck.

Other Thoughts: You'll need that second psu to use 16 hard drives.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5

Pros: Can run raid5/6 and convert an existing array from 5 to 6. Supports staggered spinup in combination with enclosures that also do so.

Cons: Staggered spinup is flaky. While it works *most* of the time, when a new drive is connected to the card it appears to spin up all drives immediately on POST. This means you can't rely on the staggered spinup when sizing your PSU, because every now and then they will all go at once.
Also, staggered spinup does NOT work with drives that are cabled, and I couldn't get it to work with older WD SATA drives that require a jumper to not spin up at once. When jumped to support staggered spinup, they simply never spun up and showed as "failed" in the controller.
Another con is that you can not access the SMART attributes or conduct SMART selftests of connected drives, even if they are passed through to the host. This is a big drawback as regular drive selftests are important for the integrity of the array.

Other Thoughts: I compared the speed for a 5-drive RAID5 between the hardware RAID and Linux software RAID, and the controller was about ~30% faster when reading and comparable when writing. CPU usage was lower, of course, but not high either way. I'm not sure the hardware RAID is worth its quite high price.

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