We have already posted three reviews of four-channel SerialATA RAID controllers on our site.
Now we’ve got hold of one more device like that, the Adaptec 2410SA. The manufacturing company claims it to be an ideal solution for workstations and entry-level servers where RAID arrays and support of four hard disk drives are important. Let’s check out how close to the ideal this solution is!
Adaptec SerialATA RAID 2410SA controller is based on Intel 80302 I/O processor working at 100MHz frequency and featuring hardware implementation of the XOR operation for higher performance of RAID5. The device supports RAID arrays of levels 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD. Two Silicon Image Sil3112A chips are responsible for communication with SATA drives: each chip has two channels with a maximum data-transfer rate of 1.5Gbit/s. The controller has cache memory chips onboard – 64MB of PC100 ECC SDRAM. The interface of the 64-bit 66MHz PCI bus is intended for 3.3V and 5V voltages.
The controller comes in a stylish Adaptec package:
Besides the controller, the package includes a CD disc with drivers, a bracket for installing the card into low-profile system cases in addition to the default bracket of the controller, technical description and four 1-meter-long SATA cables:
The controller itself is implemented as a “low-profile” PCI card, which is quite logical considering its intended purpose – to serve in simple servers. The four SATA connectors are placed in a row in the notch in the upper edge so that the plugs of SATA connectors didn’t exceed the dimensions of the controller. Below them, they placed two Silicon Image Sil3112A chips and a flash BIOS chip, while Intel 80302 processor and two memory chips reside in the right part of the PCB.
The basic specifications look as follows:
Intel 80302 I/O processor
Integrated PC100 EDD SDRAM, no buffering, 64MB (3.3V)
64bit 66MHz PCI 2.2 bus interface, 3.3V and 5V
Two Silicon Image Sil3112A SATA controllers supporting four ports with up to 1.5Gbit/sec data transfer rate
0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD