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Intel Previews Its PCIe 3.0-Based RAID Cards

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Intel recently gave us a peek at its next-generation PCI Express 3.0-based RAID cards. Designed to take advantage of the Xeon E5 family’s support for the third-gen connectivity standard, they’re able to accommodate more storage devices before encountering a bottleneck. The company claims the updated architecture has enough headroom for up to 700 000 IOPS. They're SAS 6Gb/s-capable, and armed with up to 1 GB of DDR3 data cache.

As with the generation prior, Intel plans to offer its cards with the option for battery-based cache backup, a maintenance-free backup unit (employing a large capacitor), or SSD-based caching.

We actually have plans to evaluate Intel’s latest cards as soon as competing models from LSI and Adaptec are ready for review. Keep an eye out!

Quick Look: Intel's PCIe 3.0-Based RAID Controllers

For more information about Intel's cards, check out its product page.

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    victorious 3930k , October 18, 2012 6:20 AM
    Why not 12Gbps?
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    EDVINASM , October 18, 2012 10:18 AM
    Pricing will be shocking, no wonder there is no mention of it.
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    jacobdrj , October 18, 2012 5:16 PM
    EDVINASMPricing will be shocking, no wonder there is no mention of it.

    Pricing will be where the enterprise customers will pay for it...
    Not a consumer or even a prosumer device...
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    egowhip69 , October 18, 2012 5:17 PM
    Competing models? That sounds like "market speak" of "we ain't going to do it."

    Especially, since LSI ALREADY HAS their card out, and it has been out for quite some time now. The 9265 -8i is their mainstay card, and boast 1 gig memory, and PCI-e connectivity.

    Adaptec (pmc) was left in the dust a while ago... I don't know if they will ever be able to release a card to compete (unless they licenses the 2208 LSI chip that LSI uses.)

    Areca has decent performace, but still not to the level of LSI.

    Why not a quick and dirty review? Pit this "new" intel against the existing reigning champ... the LSI.
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    jacobdrj , October 18, 2012 7:02 PM
    egowhip69Competing models? That sounds like "market speak" of "we ain't going to do it."Especially, since LSI ALREADY HAS their card out, and it has been out for quite some time now. The 9265 -8i is their mainstay card, and boast 1 gig memory, and PCI-e connectivity.Adaptec (pmc) was left in the dust a while ago... I don't know if they will ever be able to release a card to compete (unless they licenses the 2208 LSI chip that LSI uses.)Areca has decent performace, but still not to the level of LSI.Why not a quick and dirty review? Pit this "new" intel against the existing reigning champ... the LSI.


    I have heard that the 2GB model greatly improves on performance.
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    abbadon_34 , December 27, 2012 11:23 PM
    LSI really has to edge, and has for years. And these are not the average consumer cards.
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    kracker , December 27, 2012 11:38 PM
    The price would be so high they excluded it from the article because it would fill up too much space!

    Hehe, seriously though I am curious.
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    ddpruitt , December 28, 2012 12:03 AM
    How about Trim support in a Raid array?
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    JOSHSKORN , December 28, 2012 12:33 AM
    victorious 3930kWhy not 12Gbps?

    Because this comment is 3-4 years early, but by then, your username will be out of date.
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    DRosencraft , December 28, 2012 2:08 AM
    I'd be content if AMD could get PCIe 3.0 support on their boards period. I love AMD, but it seems to me that they've been holding back a while on updating the chipset on their motherboards. I know it doesn't make a huge difference, but I want to replace my Gigabyte UD5, and it would be nice to make the jump to the new chipset at the same time.
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    keyholder , February 15, 2013 12:06 AM
    watched the video all i seen was boobies, legs, boobies, and more leg :) ....

    Boooobies...
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    wsmith , December 15, 2013 9:51 AM
    Don't overlook any new PCI 3.0 cards by Atto. I use the R680 which is SAS 6Gb, with 512MB memory.

    But one wonders: Would a PCIE 3.0 card - even saturate a 2.0 lane?

    I ask that question because it's my understanding that the new PCIE 3.0 graphic cards don't saturate the 2.0 lane.

    Now, I do suspect that having more memory than my card's 512MB could be a nice thing. But I'm not so sure about that for what I do: video editing. especially muticam editing in Adobe Premiere which involves smooth playback of video streams concurrently.