What is a good choice of sata-ii raid controller for freebsd?

Charles Sprickman spork at bway.net
Thu Feb 8 23:55:25 UTC 2007

On Fri, 9 Feb 2007, Geoffrey Giesemann wrote:

> On Thu, Feb 08, 2007 at 04:34:57PM -0500, Charles Sprickman wrote:
>> -They added a moving part (2-wire fan, no tach) to a "mission-critical"
>> part.  That seems real stupid.  After the bearings die in 2-3 years, what
>> happens to your card?  Does it melt or just start acting weird?  If the
>> engineers didn't consider that, what other failure modes did their limited
>> creativity miss? :)
> The fan does have a tachometer which you can monitor from the card BIOS
> or using the cli binary.
> You can also disable the tachometer so you can swap the heatsink+fan for
> the larger heatsink (w/o fan) that comes in the box.

These were a few of the things that their pre-sales folks were not able to 
tell me...

> You can find all of this out by *gasp* reading the manual.

I did flip through it fairly quickly, but I'm not even sure that these 
features were available at the time I compared the Areca to the 3Ware. 
The best info I could find at the time about the fan was looking at the 
picture on their website - it showed a small heatsink+fan with two wires 
(no tach).

I'm certainly not trying to push people away from the Areca cards - the 
more FreeBSD people out there using these the better.  Next time we may 
buy some Arecas since I now am finding some positive feedback from the 
FreeBSD community.


> --Geoff
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