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I'm looking for a raid card to hookup 5 drives in raid 5. I will be using freeness and don't trust the software raid in freenas. The card can be either pci or pci express
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I'm sure many will recommend a PERC 5/i or 6/i...

However, if you can spend a little more...I'd recommend Areca ARC-1220/1230/1260 line of cards if you can find them. What I've noticed though was that the price difference up to the 1260 (16 ports) wasn't much at all which is what I've went for and got lucky to find one at a decent price used ($350). Only problem with the card might be the loud on-board speaker...but I wouldn't know since mine was removed when I bought it.

Other than that...you better be ready to spend some big bucks if you're wanting to find a high quality RAID card brand new.
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post #3 of 4
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I was actually looking for a cheaper card something around 60 buks really
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post #4 of 4
There is NO decent option for $60, unless you get extremely lucky and find a PERC or similar on eBay. FreeNAS's software RAID is vastly superior to anything you will get from a cheap card.

If you can't spring the $120-140 or so for a PERC 6/i then I would recommend you drop FreeNAS and instead go for Open Solaris (or whatever the community version is called now) and run ZFS (as the stability is a little better than ZFS under FreeNAS, or at least it was last time I checked). Or run Openfiler and use it's software RAID (now under Linux). But the software RAID in the current versions of FreeNAS are pretty decent anyway...
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