Support for SAS/SATA non-RAID adapters

Brian Whalen brian at
Wed Nov 18 17:51:51 UTC 2009

Freddie Cash wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 11:43 PM, Rink Springer <rink at> wrote:
>> On Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 08:38:21PM -0800, Freddie Cash wrote:
>>> I've also found a couple of Areca cards (PCI-X, non-RAID/PCIe RAID),
>>> and have heard good things about Areca support in FreeBSD.  Any
>>> comments on their quality/performance/reliability?
>> I have got an Areca ARC-1110 4x SATA2 PCI-X card in my server, and I'm
>> quite impressed with the performance; these cards do very well in terms
>> I/O operations per second and the driver has been rock solid for me. The
>> only downside is that they are quite expensive (but well worth it, IMO)
> Compared to a 3Ware 9550SXU controller, these are cheap.  The Areca is
> only $500 (open-box) or $700 (new) on  The 3Ware cards are
> over $1000, with the PCIe versions being over $1200 (which is what
> started me on this journey -- hardware budgets are getting smaller and
> smaller each year).

The 3ware cards are not that expensive unless you need a truckload of ports.

For the 9650SE on;
2 port is 185
4 port is 324
8 port is 525
12 port is 669

Where are you getting the 1200 dollar price from?

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