Well, we continue our review series devoted to the multi-channel SATA RAID controllers. Today we would like to introduce to you SiI3124 SATALink 4-port PCI-X host controller from Silicon Image.
SiI3124 is a chip with totally new architecture positioned by the manufacturer as the most optimal solution for servers, workstation and database systems. We reviewed another controller from Silicon Image not so long ago (see our article called SiI3114 SATALink 4-Port PCI Host SATA RAID Controller from Silicon Image for details). At that time this inexpensive and easy to use controller proved pretty fast. But what will the new chip show today? Let’s find out what the direct successor to the good old SiI3114 is worth!
Unfortunately, we will not be able to compare the performance of these two solutions directly with one another, because both of them were tested on different hard disk drives. If the SiI3114 was tested with the WD360GD HDD, then its more up-to-date counterpart, SiI3124, was tested with a newer HDD modification: WD740GD (Raptor2).
That is why we do not have the opportunity to correctly estimate the advantages the new SiI3124 controller has over its predecessor, SiI3114.