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SATA II RAID Controller Comparison Table

Manufacturer Highpoint LSI Logic Highpoint
Product RocketRAID 2320 MegaRAID SATA 300-8X RocketRAID 2220
Firmware 1.0 H430 1.02
Driver 1.0 5.49 1.04
SATA II ports 8 8 8
Cache none 128 MB DDR333 ECC none
Interface PCI Express x4 64 Bit, 133 MHz PCI-X 64 Bit, 133 MHz PCI-X
Optional versions none none no
Multiple card support yes no yes
Card Format low profile standard low profile
XOR Engine HPT601 Intel IOP331 HPT601
RAID Level Migration yes yes yes
Online Capacity Expansion yes yes yes
Multiple RAID arrays yes yes no
Staggered spin-up yes yes yes
Hot Spare Support yes yes yes
Online Capacity Expansion yes yes yes
Battery Backup Unit no optional no
OS support Windows 2000/XP/2003, Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X 10.x Windows 2000/XP/2003, DOS, FreeBSD, Netware, RedHat, SuSe, SCO, Unixware Windows 2000/XP/2003, Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X 10.x
Other command line interface, scheduled tasks, 64 Bit LBA Only 48 Bit LBA (2 TB arrays max), 64 Bit Windows server support command line interface, scheduled tasks, 64 Bit LBA
Estimated Price (US $) 290 410 270
Warranty 1 year 3 years 1 year
Manufacturer Areca AMCC/3Ware Broadcom/Raidcore
Product ARC 1220 9550SX BC4852
Firmware 1.36 9.3.0.1 2.0
Driver 1.02 9.3.0.1 1.42
SATA II ports 16 (PCI-X version has 24) 8 8
Cache 128 MB DDR333 ECC 128 MB DDR2-400 ECC none
Interface PCI Express x4 64 Bit, 133 MHz PCI-X 64 Bit, 133 MHz PCI-X
Optional versions 4, 8, 12 ports 4, 8, 16 ports 4 ports (BC4452)
Multiple card support yes yes yes (4)
Card Format low profile (connectors on the top) low profile low profile
XOR Engine Intel IOP332 PowerPC RISC none
RAID Level Migration yes yes yes
Online Capacity Expansion yes yes yes
Multiple RAID arrays yes yes yes
Staggered spin-up yes yes yes
Hot Spare Support yes yes yes
Online Capacity Expansion yes yes yes
Battery Backup Unit optional optional no
OS support Windows 2000/XP/2003, RedHat, SuSe, FreeBSD Windows 2000/XP/2003, RedHat, SuSe, Fedora, FreeBSD Windows 2000/XP/2003, RedHat, SuSe, Fedora
Other RAID6 support, command line interface, alarm buzzer, SNMP support, drive activity LED, 64 Bit LBA command line interface, SNMP support, emergency flash recovery, drive activity LED, write journaling, 64 Bit LBA, variable stripe size mirror splitting, hide arrays, scheduled consistancy check, dedicated/global/distributed spare, 64 Bit LBA
Estimated Price (US $) 630 500 320
Warranty unknown 3 years 3 years
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  • herb2021
    Buyers need to be very aware of limited compatiblility with many of today's MB. Will not work in many machines. Highpoint Tech support is one of the worst I have worked with. No indication of any technical ability in those I have worked with.