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Well, I am trying to decide what PCI-E RAID card to get- I like the Areca ARC-1220, it is $490 at its cheapest though.
http://www.areca.com.tw/products/html/pcie-sata.htm

I see that LSI is coming out with something similar, the LSI 300-8ELP. http://www.lsilogic.com/products/meg..._300_8elp.html

What one do you think I should go with? I have my heart set on a card though, because I am sick of this onboard crap that nVidia has provided me with.

I will be controlling 4 Western Digital 80GB SATAII hard drives, and I am probably going to spring for RAID 5 with whatever card I get.

It must have an onboard processor, the Intel IOP333 seems to be the going processor for this level of performance.

What are your thoughts?
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I am looking at getting the Areca 1120 (PCI X) myself this December--I have discussed this choice in depth with a real HDD nutcase that runs 29 HDDs for bandwidth benchmarking stunts...he will only reccomend the Areca. He likes the 1220 because you can use it on better desktop mobos. I want top build a workstation so PCI X is right there.. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816131002 .BTW if you are thinking about running more than 6 drives use of two controllers is reccomended--as in 4 and 4 for 8 drive RAID arrays and so on. Load balancing is a big deal with multidrive multi HBA arrays that are striped in Disk Manager...or so I've been told.

I can't wait to give that controller a shot--I have used an LSI U160 SCSI HBA and really liked how easy it was to load XP on it--no F6 nothing--really fast too.

Hope that helps

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Thanks!

I am seriously on the edge about these two- I do not know which one to pick. I like LSI because they are a very established company but have heard wonderful things about Areca's products.
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My HDD guru will not reccomend anything but Areca--I guess when you are investing $1200 to $1800 for a Raptor array the extra money for the controller comes less into focus...

I plan on starting with 6 drives on a single controller then trying 8 on two controllers then 8 on asingle controller and stuff like that--run some benches and see for real what does what. I have a feeling there has to be a point of saturation somewhere in a big array--prolly not the controller--but maybe the actual mobo--so I was thinking this motherboard from Asus might be the deal...with a later upgrade to quad core...should be a good platform for well over a year.
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We have used this Promise EX8350 at my work and I have nothing but good things to say about it. It runs from a web based utility which is very easy to use and the card itself is very fast. I can try and get some benchmarks if you want, we use it in a raid 5 array.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816102076

Plus its a PCI-E 4x which should fit your board fine.
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Originally Posted by Marshall82
We have used this Promise EX8350 at my work and I have nothing but good things to say about it. It runs from a web based utility which is very easy to use and the card itself is very fast. I can try and get some benchmarks if you want, we use it in a raid 5 array.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816102076

Plus its a PCI-E 4x which should fit your board fine.
I was actually considering getting that card until I looked at this thread:
http://forums.storagereview.net/inde...pic=20519&st=0
Apparently the write performance is awful.
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Wouldn't it be great to be reviewers and get all this stuff for free just to find out how it performs...we need to swing a deal like that!
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Yeah man! Tell me about it. Hovering on a $400-500 purchase and I can't come to the decision. I want the Acrea so bad but the wallet is straining beyond belief...
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I know the feeling...and I am just getting started with the new build...

What's great about top end gear is that you don't regret it after the initial sticker shock wears off...
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Hopefully that will wear off fast enough... Oh well, I guess Areca it is..
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