[conspire] Re: Recommendations for SATA RAID controller under Linux
rick at linuxmafia.com
Thu Mar 31 10:59:46 PST 2005
Hi, Roland. I've decided to answer you on CABAL's mailing list, rather
than SVLUG's. I hope you don't mind.
Quoting Roland Krause (rokrau at yahoo.com):
> Can anybody recommend a SATA RAID controller that works well under
It depends on (1) whether you're in the market for a new motherboard,
and (2) how much you intend to spend.
If you're looking for a new motherboard, most new ones have SATA
chipsets built into them, and several of those have good support in
either recent 2.4 kernels or damned near any 2.6 one.
o Intel ICH5/5R/6/6R: These have really good support, by now.
o VIA VT8237 South Bridge. Ditto.
o Silicon Image 3112 / 3114. Pretty good support.
o SiS 964 South Bridge. Beta support.
o ULi Electronics, Inc. (formerly ALi) M1573 South Bridge. Very new driver.
o Nvidia NForce3 family. Proprietary drivers from mfr., very new open
If you're not looking for a new motherboard, then you're impliedly
looking for a PCI (PCI-X, PCI-Express) card to support SATA.
o 3Ware. Excellent, supported since forever. A bit expensive.
o Adaptec AAR 2400, 2410, 2410SA, 2120S, 2200S, 2810SA, 21610SA
series. Excellent. Good recent support. A bit expensive.
o LSI Logic. Excellent. Good recent support. A bit expensive.
o HighPoint Rocket Raid cards based on HPT374 and HPT372 chips.
Adequate support starting 2.4.21-pre5. Cheap.
o Promise FastTrak series. Some have OK support, some less so.
There are others, but the above are the ones most commonly mentioned.
Beware of new/substituted chips that might change the driver-support
issue utterly. I maintain a page on the situation that you might
"Serial ATA" on http://linuxmafia.com/kb/Hardware
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