sata raid card for FreeBSD?
Gary D. Margiotta
gary at tbe.net
Wed May 9 15:37:35 UTC 2007
> Hi Gary,
> Thanks for your comments - I've found a Highpoint 1640 card at an
> interesting price - 4 ports, so I have room to expand in the future. Any
> gotchas with this card as opposed to the 1542 that you've recommended?
No gotcha's at all. I have a bunch of 1640's sitting on the shelf that I
just got a good deal on, and I've already rolled a few of them out. They
work pretty well for my needs, light e-mail, webserver, file server, etc.
I will mention this - in my experience, the CPU utilization on a Windows
system will be much higher comparitively than a BSD system running these
cards. I have a couple windows file servers which hit about 6MB/s file
transfers at about 40% CPU utilization, meanwhile similarly configured BSD
systems will push 8-9MB/s at about 20-30% utilization. Now, these are
older systems (AMD Athlons at around 1Ghz), but it is nice to see how well
the BSD systems work, especially on older hardware.
> best regards,
> On 5/9/07, Gary D. Margiotta <gary at tbe.net> wrote:
>> On Tue, 8 May 2007, Rick C. Petty wrote:
>> > On Wed, May 09, 2007 at 12:45:14AM +0200, Thomas Fischer wrote:
>> >> Since I'm going to be accessing these files when I'm running under both
>> >> Windows and FreeBSD, the geom/gmirror solution won't work for
>> me. Would
>> >> anyone be able to advise me on an inexpensive SATA RAID card that would
>> >> well supported by FreeBSD? I don't need anything fancy - just
>> >> with 2 SATA ports capable of doing RAID-1, and which is (well)
>> supported by
>> >> FreeBSD (and Windows).
>> > SATA and not SATA II? If so, then anything with the Sil 3112 chipset or
>> > similar would work:
>> > http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815104219
>> Go for a Highpoint card, something like the 1542, I've got a bunch in
>> both windows and freebsd machines, and they work rather well. They're not
>> the speediest cards, but I've not had a DOA or a failure yet with them,
>> and they just work.
>> I'd personally stay away from the Sil chipsets, the newer ones aren't as
>> bad, but I've seen a lot of not-nice things about those cards from Soren
>> in the past, and being that he's the ATA maintainer, I'd take his advice
>> pretty seriously.
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