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Intel Previews Its PCIe 3.0-Based RAID Cards

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.

  • victorious 3930k
    Why not 12Gbps?
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  • EDVINASM
    Pricing will be shocking, no wonder there is no mention of it.
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  • jacobdrj
    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
    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
    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
    LSI really has to edge, and has for years. And these are not the average consumer cards.
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  • kracker
    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
    How about Trim support in a Raid array?
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  • JOSHSKORN
    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
    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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