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AMCC, Areca & LSI Serial RAID Controllers

Feature Table

ManufacturerAdaptecAMCCARECAAtto
ModelRAID 38053Ware 9690SA-8IARC-1680ExpressSAS R348
Internal connectors2x SFF 80872xSFF-80872xSFF-80872x SFF 8087
External connectorsnana1xSFF-80881x SFF 8088
Cache128 MB DDR2 ECC512 MB DDR2-533 ECC512 MB DDR2-667 ECC256 MB DDR2 ECC
ProfileLow ProfileLow ProfileFull HeightLow Profile
InterfacePCI Express x4PCI Express x8PCI Express x8PCI Express x8
XOR EngineIntel 80333500 MHzStorSwitchIntel IOP 348800 MHzIOP 348800 MHz
RAID Level Migrationyesyesyesyes
Online Capacity Expansionyesyesyesyes
Multiple RAID Arraysyesyesyesyes
Hot Spare Supportyesyesyesyes
Battery Backup Unitoptionaloptionaloptionaloptional
RAID 5 init1h 12min1h 6min18min23min
RAID 6 init1h 02min1h 16min18minn/a
FANnonoyesno
Supported OSWindows 2000, XP, Server 2003, VistaRed Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES)Novell NetWare 6.5SCO OpenServerUnixWareSun Solaris 10 x86FreeBSDWindows 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, RedHat EL 5, OpenSuSE 10.2, SuSE Enterprise (SLES) 10, Fedora Core 6Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, Linux, FreeBSD, Novell Netware 6.5, Solaris 10x86/x86_64, SCO Unixware 7.x.x, Mac OS x(no_bootable)Windows Vista, Server 2003, XP, 2000Mac OS X (10.4.x)Linux (Fedora, Red Hat and SuSE)
Other FeaturesCopyback HotspareDVRAID
Warranty3 years3 years3 years2 years
Price$575$700$1000$1095
ManufacturerICPLSIRaidcore/Ciprico
ModelICP 5085BLMegaRAID SAS 8888ELPRC5252-8
Internal connectors2x SFF 80872xSFF-80872x SFF 8087
External connectorsn/a2xSFF-8088n/a
Cache256 MB DDR2 ECC256 MB DDR2-667 ECC-
ProfileLow ProfileLow ProfileLow Profile
InterfacePCI Express x4PCI Express x8PCI Express x4
XOR EngineIntel 80333800 MHzPowerPC, 500 MHz LSISAS1078software
RAID Level Migrationyesyesyes
Online Capacity Expansionyesyesyes
Multiple RAID Arraysyesyesyes
Hot Spare Supportyesyesyes
Battery Backup Unitoptionaloptionalnot required
RAID 5 init57min17min2h 42min
RAID 6 init57min17minn/a
FANnonono
Supported OSWindows 2000, XP, Server 2003, VistaRed Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES)Novell NetWare 6.5SCO OpenServerUnixWareSun Solaris 10 x86FreeBSDWindows 2000, XP, Server 2003, VistaRed Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 4,5SuSE 9.3, 10.1, 10.2SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES)Solaris 10SCO UnixWindows 2000, XP, Server 2003, VistaRed Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 4,5SuSE 9.3, 10.1, 10.2SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES)Fedora Core 5,6
Other FeaturesCopyback HotspareController Spanning
Warranty3 years3 years3 years
Price$650$850$425