sil3114 versus sil3114a
Gary D. Margiotta
gary at tbe.net
Fri Oct 14 07:26:40 PDT 2005
> Highpoint has some reasonable RAID and multiport IDE and SATA cards, and I´d
> bet the 18x0 series would be a good shot, since I already work with them.
> It´s natively supported by FreeBSD 5.4, and has additional support from
> Highpoint, what I consider a great thing, specially for management features.
> But if you´re going with 1820, I suggest you to get a 1820A, ´cause it has
> an onboard XOR processor which speeds up things a bit AND frees some CPU
> usage on RAID5 (important on not-so-new CPUs). ;).
> However, if you don´t need RAID5, there are other options from Highpoint
> itself, but I don´t have a clue about prices. I would only not suggest vinum
> on RAID5 unless you have a really good machine (at least hyperthreaded),
> because it drains quite a bit from the CPU, but if it´s for personal use, or
> a low-end server, that could fit.
Actually, you are correct about the 1820A, I made a typographical
mistake... I do have an 1820A, and the reason I chose that over the
standard 1820 was the onboard processor. Sorry about the confusion.
> In a last thought, speed will greately depend on the hardware you´re using
> (mobo, CPU, disks etc.), but they´re indeed quite good. I really hadn´t
> noticed the backwards compatibility in the specs, but it´s a nice feature -
> you´ll really like it if someday you can afford a 64bit, 133MHz motherboard.
> And, as for reliability, i have two 1820A running rock-solid, 24/7, beside
> me, on 2 HP ML110 machines. It´s too early to say, since it hasn´t been yet 6
> months, but we haven´t had a single issue, even when we decided to play with
> hot-swap. :)
> Have luck,
Good luck with your set, I'm already very impressed with the performance
of it (for the price), and I do plan on upgrading to a newer board/CPU one
of these days. My problem is that I can't just throw something out if it
still works, so I try to make use of it until it dies, and then I can
justify buying something new (however, by the time this board dies, I'll
most likely have inherited some other slightly newer still working board
without 64-bit PCI, and I'll be forced to use that until it dies... :) ).
That's the primary reason I went with this board, that it would work in
what I already have, and should work for a time to come with whatever I do
end up getting.
I did splurge on a new Dual Xeon setup which will be for video encoding,
but I have a SCSI subsystem for that machine, and I needed the horsepower.
> Tulio G. da Silva
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