Recommended SATA card?

David Abrahams dave at
Tue Jun 17 13:29:08 UTC 2008

on Tue Jun 17 2008, <> wrote:

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

Well, as I said, I'm going to be using RAID-Z, but I think it's the same
principle as linux software RAID.

Dave Abrahams
BoostPro Computing

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