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Hardware Comparison Table and Test Setup

Roundup: Three 16-Port Enterprise SAS Controllers
By
Manufacturer
Adaptec
Areca
Promise
Model
RAID 51645ARC-1680ix-16SuperTrak EX16650
Internal Connectors
4x SFF 80874x SFF 80874x SFF 8087
External Connectors
1x SFF 80881x SFF-8088, 1x LAN, COMN/A
Cache
512 MB DDR2-400 ECC
on board
DDR2-533 512 MB
DIMM
512 MB DDR2 ECC
on board
Profile
Full Height, half lengthFull Height
Full Height
Interface
PCI Express x8PCI Express x8PCI Express x8
XOR Engine
1.2 GHz Dual-Core RAID on Chip (ROC)Intel IOP348
1200 MHz
Intel IOP348
1200 MHz
RAID Level Migration
Yes
Yes
Yes
Online Capacity Expansion
Yes
Yes
Yes
2+ TB Volumes (64 bit LBA)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Multiple RAID Arrays
Yes
Yes
Yes
Command Line Interface
Yes
Yes
No
Hot Spare Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Battery Back-up Unit
Optional
Optional
Optional
RAID 5 init
45 min
25 min
1h 16 min
RAID 5 rebuild
33 min
50 min
55 min
RAID 6 init
55 min
25 min
1h 30 min
RAID 6 rebuild Drive 1
40 min
55 min
1h 4 min
RAID 6 rebuild Drive 2
32 min
rebuilt simultaneously
55 min
RAID 6 rebuild Total
1h 12 min
57 min
1h 59 min
Spin Down Idle Drives
Yes
Yes
No
Power Consumption Power Saving
298 W
296 W
N/A
Power Consumption Idle
368 W
365 W
364 W
Power Consumption Peak
412 W
409 W
402 W
Supported RAID Modes
0, 1, 1E, 5, 5EE, 6, 10, 50, 60, JBOD0, 1, 10(1E), 3, 5, 6, 30, 50, 60, Single Disk or JBOD0, 1, 1E, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60
Fan
No
Yes
No
Supported OS
Windows XP, Server 2003/2008, Vista, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES), SCO OpenServer, UnixWare, Sun Solaris 10 x86, FreeBSDWindows 2000/XP/Server 2003/Vista
Linux
FreeBSD
Novell Netware 6.5
Solaris 10 x86/x86_64
SCO Unixware 7.x.x
Mac OS X 10.x (EFI BIOS Support)
Microsoft Windows Vista, 2000, XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008
Red Hat Linux, SuSE Linux, Miracle Linux, Fedora Core, Linux open source driver (32/64-bit)
FreeBSD, VMware 3.02, 3.5
Other Features
Copy-back Hot-spareIntegrated Web server
Warranty
3 years
3 years
3 years
Price
$999
$999
$800
System Hardware
Processor(s)
2x Intel Xeon Processor (Nocona core); 3.6 GHz, FSB800, 1 MB L2 Cache
Platform
Asus NCL-DS (Socket 604)
Intel E7520 Chipset, BIOS 1005
RAM
Corsair CM72DD512AR-400 (DDR2-400 ECC, reg.)
2x 512 MB, CL3-3-3-10 Timings
System Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar WD1200JB

120 GB, 7 200 RPM, 8 MB Cache, Ultra ATA/100

Test Drives
16x Fujitsu MBA3147RC
147 GB, 15,000 RPM, 16 MB Cache, SAS
Mass Storage Controller(s)
Adaptec RAID 51645
Areca ARC-1680D-IX-16
Promise Supertrak 16650
Networking
Broadcom BCM5721 On-Board Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Graphics Subsystem
On-Board Graphics
ATI RageXL, 8 MB
I/O Performance
IOMeter 2003.05.10
Fileserver-Benchmark
Webserver-Benchmark
Database-Benchmark
Workstation-Benchmark
Streaming Reads
Streaming Writes
System Software & Drivers
OS
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, Service Pack 1
Platform Driver
Intel Chipset Installation Utility 7.0.0.1025
Graphics Driver
Default Windows Graphics Driver


Test Drives: Fujitsu MBA3147RC (15,000 RPM)

We used 16 Fujitsu MBA3147RC 15,000 RPM SAS drives to make sure that the controllers could be saturated during our tests. These Fujitsu drives are state-of-the-art server models with 16 MB cache and throughput of over 150 MB/s.