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Comparison Table And Test Configuration

Four SAS 6 Gb/s RAID Controllers, Benchmarked And Reviewed
By , Achim Roos

Comparison Table

ManufacturerAdaptecAreca
ProductRAID 6805ARC-1880i
Form FactorMD2/Low-ProfileMD2/Low-Profile
Number of SAS PortsEight
Eight
SAS Bandwidth Per Port6 Gb/s (SAS 2.0)6 Gb/s (SAS 2.0)
Internal SAS Ports
2 x SFF-80872 x SFF-8087
External SAS Ports
NoNo
Cache512 MB DDR2-667512 MB DDR2-800
Host Interface
PCIe 2.0 (x8)PCIe 2.0 (x8)
XOR Engine And Clock Rate
PMC-Sierra PM8013 / Not Published
Not Published / 800 MHz
Supported RAID Levels0, 1, 1E, 5, 5EE, 6, 10, 50, 600, 1, 1E, 3, 5, 6, 10, 30, 50, 60
Supported Operating Systems
Windows 7, Windows Server 2008/2008 R2, Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Windows Vista, VMware ESX Classic 4.x (vSphere),Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES), Sun Solaris 10 x86, FreeBSD, Debian Linux, Ubuntu LinuxWindows 7/2008/Vista/XP/2003, Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris 10/11 x86/x86_64, Mac OS X 10.4.x/10.5.x/10.6.x, VMware 4.x
Battery Module
NoOptional
FanNoYes
ManufacturerHighPointLSI 
ProductRocketRAID 2720SGLMegaRAID 9265-8i
Form factorMD2/Low-ProfileMD2/Low-Profile
Number of SAS Ports
Eight
Eight
SAS Bandwidth  Per Port6 Gb/s (SAS 2.0)6 Gb/s (SAS 2.0)
Internal SAS Ports
2 x SFF-80872 x SFF-8087
External SAS Ports
NoNo
CacheN/A
1 GB DDR3-1333
Host Interface
PCIe 2.0 (x8)PCIe 2.0 (x8)
XOR Engine And Clock Rate
Marvell 9485 / Not Published
LSI SAS2208 / 800 MHz
Supported RAID Levels
0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 500, 1, 5, 6, 10, 60 
Supported Operating Systems
Windows 2000, XP, 2003, 2008, Vista, 7, RHEL/CentOS, SLES, OpenSuSE, Fedora Core, Debian, Ubuntu, FreeBSD bis 7.2Microsoft Windows Vista/2008/Server 2003/2000/XP, Linux, Solaris (x86), Netware, FreeBSD, Vmware
Battery ModuleNoOptional
FanNo
No


Test Configuration

We connected eight Fujitsu MBA3147RC SAS hard disks (147 GB each) to the RAID controllers, while conducting the RAID level 0, 5, 6, and 10 benchmarks. The SSD tests were conducted with five Samsung SS1605.

System Hardware
HardwareDetails
CPUIntel Core i7-920 (Bloomfield) 45 nm, 2.66 GHz, 8 MB Shared L3 Cache
Motherboard (LGA 1366)
Supermicro X8SAX, Revision: 1.0, Chipset Intel X58 + ICH10R, BIOS: 1.0B
ControllerLSI MegaRAID 9280-24i4e, Firmware: v12.12.0-0037, Driver: v4.32.0.64
RAM3 x 1 GB DDR3-1333 Corsair CM3X1024-1333C9DHX
Hard Drive
Seagate NL35 400 GB, ST3400832NS, 7200 RPM, SATA 1.5Gb/s 8 MB Cache
Power Supply
OCZ EliteXstream 800 W, OCZ800EXS-EU
Benchmarks
Performance measurementsCrystalDiskMark 3
I/O PerformanceIometer 2006.07.27
File server Benchmark
Web server Benchmark
Database Benchmark
Workstation Benchmark
Streaming Reads
Streaming Writes
4k Random Reads
4k Random Writes
System Software & Drivers
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate 
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