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Areca ARC-1880ix-24 PCI-E x8 SATA/SAS RAID Controller w/ 24 Crucial RealSSD C300s - Test System Setup and ATTO Baseline Performance

With one 24-drive RAID array under our belt, we decided to test a few more large capacity RAID controllers with the RealSSD C300s.

| RAID/HBA in Storage | Posted: Jan 31, 2011 4:12 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Areca Technology Corporation

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We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: AVADirect, GIGABYTE, Cooler Master, LSI and Noctua.

 

You can read more about TweakTown's Storage Product Testing Workstation and the procedures followed to test products in this article.

 

We learned quite a bit from testing the HighPoint RocketRAID 2760 with 24 Crucial RealSSD C300 SSDs. For the Areca test we had the power issues down and reduced the number of PSUs needed to get 24 drives up and running. Making an appearance again are the fastest SSDs currently available on the market today, the Crucial RealSSD C300. We used 24 of them in RAID 0 and RAID 5.

 

It should be mentioned that the Areca ARC-1880ix-24 is a high end RAID controller with many, many options. One option that will allow users to 'tune' performance is block size. It is possible to tune your RAID array for sequential transfer performance (larger block sizes) or high IOPS (smaller block sizes). Areca offers a handful of settings, but we used the largest block size available since the Crucial RealSSD C300 is able to deliver all of the IOPS you could ever need.

 

For a comparison we are pairing the new Areca ARC-1880ix-24 against the HighPoint RocketRAID 2760 that we tested with 24 drives previously. The 2760 is a software RAID controller, but the Areca is a hardware RAID controller. This means that the HighPoint uses CPU cycles and the Areca uses its own onboard processor to calculate transactional data. Both were tested with 24 Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB drives. In the next few days we will also publish a review of the LSI MegaRAID 9280-24i4e, another high performance hardware RAID controller.

 

ATTO Baseline Performance

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2.34

 

ATTO is used by many disk manufacturers to determine the read and write speeds that will be presented to customers.

 

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The Areca ARC-1880ix-24 managed to deliver around 1000MB/s write speed and well over 900MB/s read speed.

 

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