* Peter Schuller ([EMAIL PROTECTED]) wrote: > after spending time and money on several Promise and Sillicon Image > based cards that don't work properly, I am still in desperate need of a > stable SATA controller.
Promise are supposed to be one of the better makes when it comes to documentation and open source support, what problems are you seeing? > My main candidate is the AOC-SAT2-MV8. Can anyone offer input on the > stability of this card in FreeBSD? It would be perfect because it is > priced very well. It's supported, and even better, the Marvell is supposedly now 64bit clean with ata(4) in HEAD. When I tried it a year or so ago it would, like any other ATA controller, explode with more than a couple of disks and >=4GB RAM because of problems with the way bounce buffers are allocated; I didn't see any problems aside from that, but I didn't test it very much. > If the Marvell is out, other main contenders are the 8 port LSI > MegaRAID, Highpoint RocketRaid and 3ware cards. But these are all on > the expensive side, with the half-exception of the MegaRaid 300-8XLP > which is only semi-expensive. When ata(4) proved itself utterly useless in environments with decent amounts of memory, I got an 8 port LSI MegaRAID, since amr(4) had just been given an overhaul to make it MPSAFE and 64bit clean; I've not had any real problems with it (aside the occasional fight with the BIOS, which is par for the course with RAID controllers), but I'd still prefer a real SATA controller so things are a little more predictable and flexible (SMART support, software RAID, disks exposed to the actual OS and not some dodgy half-assed ASIC..). -- Thomas 'Freaky' Hurst http://hur.st/
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