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RAID Controller Overview

Adaptec's Series 5 Unified Serial Controllers
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The market offers multiple, powerful solutions for Unified Serial storage requirements. The following table lists all available options, including the new Adaptec Series 5. Please also have a look at the following articles for more details:

Manufacturer Adaptec Adaptec AMCC ARECA
Model RAID 5805 RAID 3805 3Ware 9690SA-8I ARC-1680
Internal connectors 2x SFF 8087 2x SFF 8087 2xSFF-8087 2xSFF-8087
External connectors na na na 1xSFF-8088
Cache 512 MB DDR2-400 ECC 128 MB DDR2 ECC 512 MB DDR2-533 ECC 512 MB DDR2-667 ECC
Profile Low Profile Low Profile Low Profile Full Height
Interface PCI Express x8 PCI Express x4 PCI Express x8 PCI Express x8
RAID Level Migration yes yes yes yes
Online Capacity Expansion yes yes yes yes
Multiple RAID Arrays yes yes yes yes
Hot Spare Support yes yes yes yes
Battery Backup Unit optional optional optional optional
RAID 5 init 30 min 1h 12min 1h 6min 18min
RAID 6 init 44 min 1h 02min 1h 16min 18min
FAN no no no yes
Supported OS Windows XP, Server 2003/2008, Vista, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES), SCO OpenServer, UnixWare, Sun Solaris 10 x86, FreeBSD Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES)
Novell NetWare 6.5
SCO OpenServer
UnixWare
Sun Solaris 10 x86
FreeBSD
Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, RedHat EL 5, OpenSuSE 10.2, SuSE Enterprise (SLES) 10, Fedora Core 6 Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, Linux, FreeBSD, Novell Netware 6.5, Solaris 10x86/x86_64, SCO Unixware 7.x.x, Mac OS x(not bootable)
Other Features Copyback Hotspare Copyback Hotspare
Warranty 3 years 3 years 3 years 3 years
Price $650 $575 $700 $1,000
Manufacturer Atto ICP LSI Raidcore/Ciprico
Model ExpressSAS R348 ICP 5085BL MegaRAID SAS 8888ELP RC5252-8
Internal connectors 2x SFF 8087 2x SFF 8087 2xSFF-8087 2x SFF 8087
External connectors 1x SFF 8088 n/a 2xSFF-8088 n/a
Cache 256 MB DDR2 ECC 256 MB DDR2 ECC 256 MB DDR2-667 ECC -
Profile Low Profile Low Profile Low Profile Low Profile
Interface PCI Express x8 PCI Express x4 PCI Express x8 PCI Express x4
XOR Engine IOP 348
800 MHz
Intel 80333
800 MHz
PowerPC
500 MHz LSISAS1078
software
RAID Level Migration yes yes yes yes
Online Capacity Expansion yes yes yes yes
Multiple RAID Arrays yes yes yes yes
Hot Spare Support yes yes yes yes
Battery Backup Unit optional optional optional not required
RAID 5 init 23min 57min 17min 2h 42min
RAID 6 init n/a 57min 17min n/a
FAN no no no no
Supported OS Windows Vista, Server 2003, XP, 2000
Mac OS X (10.4.x)
Linux (Fedora, Red Hat and SuSE)
Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES)
Novell NetWare 6.5
SCO OpenServer
UnixWare
Sun Solaris 10 x86
FreeBSD
Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 4,5
SuSE 9.3, 10.1, 10.2
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES)
Solaris 10
SCO Unix
Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 4,5
SuSE 9.3, 10.1, 10.2
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES)
Fedora Core 5,6
Other Features DVRAID Copyback Hotspare Controller Spanning
Warranty 2 years 3 years 3 years 3 years
Price $1,095 $650 $850 n/a
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