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Conclusion

Adaptec SerialATA RAID 2410SA controller was overall successful in getting through our tests. RAID5 and RAID0 arrays are fast and show nice speed scalability: the array becomes faster if you add another drive to it. The controller provides the highest data security in fault-tolerant arrays (RAID1, RAID5 and RAID10).

Meanwhile, RAID1 array doesn’t use an optimized technique for reading data from the mirror and its performance is close to that of a single drive. That’s why RAID1 array can only be created on an Adaptec SATA RAID 2410SA controller for improving the data security, not speed. The second mirror array, RAID10, seems to be using a certain optimized algorithm for reading from the mirror and its performance results are quite predictable. This gives us some hope that the next version of the driver/firmware will enable this algorithm for RAID1, too.

As for the negative aspects of the controller, or rather of the controller’s current firmware, the cache buffer affects but very slightly the arrays speed. We know from our Adaptec 2400A Review that it’s possible to use the cache buffer more intensively.

Anyway, Adaptec SerialATA RAID 2410SA controller will suit nicely for workstations and entry-level servers, but we don’t know if it is the best possible solution until we review all the controllers from this series. So, stay tuned!

Appendix

The manufacturer’s website claims that Adaptec SATA RAID 2410SA controller is compatible with every widespread operation system. Particularly, the CD enclosed with the device contains drivers for the following OS’s:

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server;
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server;
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional;
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition;
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional;
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003;
  • Red Hat Linux 7.3;
  • Red Hat Linux 8.0;
  • SuSE Linux 8.0;
  • SuSE Linux 8.1;
  • SCO UnixWare 7.11;
  • Caldera Open Unix 8.

Drivers that support these operation systems and driver updates are always available for download from the manufacturer’s website (although I didn’t find drivers for SCO UnixWare and Caldera Open Unix there, frankly speaking :).

 
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