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Areca Technology ARC-1883i Eight-Port 12Gb/s SAS RAID Adapter Review

By: Tyler Bernath | RAID/HBA in Storage | Posted: Oct 30, 2015 5:22 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Areca Technology

Packaging and a Closer Look

 

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The packaging for the Areca 1883i is above. The front of the box housing an image of the adapter with the 12 Gb/s SAS label in the bottom right.

 

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The back of the box includes a full specification list along with features of each adapter model to the right.

 

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The scope of delivery of the ARC-1883i includes the adapter at the top of the image along with driver disk along with Areca's McRAID. To the far right, we have the low profile adapter and SAS cables to the far left.

 

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Looking at the RAID adapter, we have the dual SFF-8643 ports to the far right with an aluminum heat sink and the fan next to it. To the left on the PCB, we have connections to the battery backup unit, sold separately.

 

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Above, we have a closer look at the SAS ports.

 

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The PCI end of the 1883i includes a LAN port for accessing the management of the RAID adapter.

 

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The back side of the card houses all 2GB of DRAM cache with our sample using Samsung.

 

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Removing the heat sink from the Areca 1883i reveals the LSI SAS3108 RoC.

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