Recommended SATA card?

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Tue Jun 17 13:08:20 UTC 2008

>From: David Abrahams <dave at>
>Date: 2008/06/16 Mon PM 08:00:03 EDT
>To: ubuntu-server at
>Subject: Re: Recommended SATA card?

>on Mon Jun 16 2008, "Owen Townend" <> wrote:
>> On 17/06/2008, James Dinkel <jdinkel at> wrote:


>> then I'd suggest the Silicon Image SiL3114/3124 chipset cards (SATA
>> I/II, four ports). They're supported natively by the kernel, so no
>> third party drivers needed and I've seen them around for ~US$30/$60 on
>> ebay. 
>That's a lot cheaper than some of the 3ware cards I've seen.

The 3Ware cards are hardware RAID, and the Silicon Image cards are (at best) low-end software RAID with horrible performance (in my exp., but that was on Windows Server box with under-powered CPU - I tried to go RAID5 with a Celeron 2.0 GHz and one of these cards, it was horrible)... I assume they make perfectly fine "straight" SATA I/II ports to use with Linux Software RAID - I had fine performance out of the card when used just for SATA port expansion on the same Celeron Win2003 server box.

Ken Hansen

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