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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

Final Thoughts

 

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As I have stated in past reviews, I'm not the most experienced person when it comes to RAID. However, with that said, I was pleasantly surprised to find how easy the Areca 1883i was to setup.

 

 

Similar to the RAID management I found with the Areca 8050T2 management, the 1883i follows the same "WEB GUI" design with the left pane offering you plenty of options for RAID and Volume sets with quite a few in depth options for enthusiasts once you dive into advanced management. The build quality and design of the Areca 1883i was quite good; I was pleased to see the heat sink for the RoC to include its own cooling fan along with the RAID card coming with built-in DRAM cache.

 

The performance of the Areca 1883i with our eight drives was rather good, of course, it would have been even better with solid state drives. Peak sequential throughput with two and four drives came in at 400 and 800 MB/s while eight drives reached a solid 1800 MB/s. With our RAID 0 workloads, we were able to reach 5500 IOPS for random read and write while Web Server and Workstation touched over 3000 IOPS.

 

With RAID 5, sequential performance reached over 1400 MB/s while RAID 6 was a touch over 1200 MB/s. In workloads, we found RAID 5 and 6 to perform quite well with 2300 IOPS random read. Higher RAID levels with the Areca 1883i were able to perform quite well too with 5200 IOPS random read in RAID 50, with RAID 60 reaching 3900 IOPS in Web Server.

 

With third-generation SAS been on the market for a few years now, the 1883i is the entry-level solution from Areca. With this, you get many of the same features found in higher-end models including a solid management solution along with higher RAID level options including 50, 60 and 100 if you so wish.

 

The performance of this card is helped along by the 2GB of DRAM cache that is onboard with this solution along with its PCIe 3.0 x8 interface. With these features, the Areca 1883i is carrying an MSRP of $599.99 with three-years warranty.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance91%
Quality including Design and Build89%
General Features91%
Bundle and Packaging90%
Value for Money87%
Overall TweakTown Rating90%

The Bottom Line: The 1883i from Areca is their entry-level 12Gb/s SAS RAID solution, yet carries a plethora of features including onboard cache with the option for battery backup. This coupled with a highly reliable RoC design and its solid MSRP make it a card certainly worth your hard earned dollar.

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