[CentOS] Recommended PCIe SATA/SAS Controller?

Stephen Wong stephen at wongstephen.com
Thu Feb 25 02:36:14 UTC 2010

I'll not pay 60USD for a fake-raid BIOS.  Here, a Silicon Image 3124
(PCI not PCIe, but I believe PCIe version is also available) 4-port
SATA card worths 30USD or below.  The fake-raid BIOS comes with the
card, I can't remove it, but I pay nothing for it.

Someone mentioned that Silicon Image 3124 is not server grade.  I
agree.  But compare with those LSI / Adaptec / 3ware server grade
cards, can you pay 30USD to get one?  And, then, do you consider
Promise / Hi-Point server grade?  Those 4 Silicon Image 3124 I had in
various installations are working fine 7x24x365 for a few years, but
of course, your mileage might be different.

Stephen WONG

On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 9:58 AM, Christopher Chan
<christopher.chan at bradbury.edu.hk> wrote:
> On Thursday, February 25, 2010 09:47 AM, Stephen Wong wrote:
>> Any Silicon Image card will do, don't worry about the fake-raid bios,
>> don't define anything under the fake-raid bios, and the kernel will
>> see the Silicon Image chip and connected disks readily.  The kernel
>> module for Silicon Image 3124 was there for long time.  I have
>> installations which use such SATA chips running for a few years.
> But why pay an extra 60USD or so for a dumb fake-raid bios?
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