I was thinking to get a Arc-1210 card to make an internal raid 3 with my 4 samsung F3 1TBSATA ll. During
my research about where to buy the card, i found the Arc-1212 with better bus speed and support SAS/SATA ll
peripheral devices for just few bucks more. So I was thinking to get the 1212.
I contacted Areca to verify the usability of my samsung F3 with the Arc-1212 card. they wrote me back:
both 1210 and 1212 are 3Gbp controllers, one important difference between
1210 and 1212 is the 1210 is a SATA controller and the 1212 is a SAS
the 1212 SAS controller use newer processor than 1210 used, faster and more
throughputs, so you may got higher performance on 1212 if your drives have
higher throughput than 1210 can handle.
but because the 1212 is a SAS controller which mean it may not fully
compatible with SATA drives like SATA controllers did. and the drive you
used is desktop drives which may not reliable enough for array application.
so i can not tell you use 1212 with these drives is a good configuration or
With this answer from Areca i still get no clear answer if it will work. I found a lot of information for
the arc-1210 on this forum and it seems to be a good purchase but mostly nothing about the 1212.
Someone made successful job with the Arc 1212 with F3 Drive or with other sata drive? or knows where I
can find the answer ?
First of all, according to experiences of a lot of people here, the F3 are perfectly OK in a raid array. Even my older and slower F1's work without a hiccup.
Second, if you have the choice to go for a 1680 or even a 1880 card, you will benefit a lot from the much faster IOP and the faster cache. I'm not familiar enough with the 1200 range to say the 1210 or 1212 is better.
Those are both older 4-port controllers You might also look at this Intel RAID controller RS2BL040 which is a much newer design and about the same price range. It will also support the newer 6 Gb/s drives and of course the older 3 Gb/s drives