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!
For more information about Intel's cards, check out its product page.
Not a consumer or even a prosumer device...
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.
Hehe, seriously though I am curious.