sata raid card for FreeBSD?
tfischer at gmail.com
Wed May 9 16:50:58 UTC 2007
Thanks for this information - looks like I'm going to be investing in
one of these cards as well :-)...
On 5/9/07, Gary D. Margiotta <gary at tbe.net> wrote:
> > 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,
> > tom
> > 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
> >> be
> >> >> well supported by FreeBSD? I don't need anything fancy - just
> >> something
> >> >> 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.
> >> -Gary
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