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Closer Look

As we have already mentioned, the reference SiI3124 controller is based on the Silicon Image chip with the same name:

It can support up to four SerialATA devices. There are two versions of the SiI3124 chip: one with SATA I interface (150MB/s) and another with SATA II interface (300MB/s). We managed to get hold of the second version of the controller based on SiI3124-2.

As we see, the controller card we were testing has exactly this SiI3124-2 chip, which automatically implies that it supports the maximum bandwidth of 3Gbit/s.

This is what this baby looks like:

It supports a standard set of RAID arrays including: JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10. The controller uses 64-bit PCI-X 133MHz bus. The BIOS receives 128KB of memory by default, although this memory size can be expanded up to 4MB.

Silicon Image SiI 3124 SATALink 4-Port Controller Features

RAID

JBOD, 0, 1 and 10

Serial ATA

4 Serial ATA II 300MB/s. Compatible with SATA 1.0 standard

PCI

64bit 133MHz PCI-X

Flash

Supports up to 4MB of external memory

 
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