Areca ARC-1264il-16 (16 Port PCIe SATA lll RAID Controller)

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16-Port PCIe to SATA lll RAID Controller

ARC-1264il-12/16 and ARC-1284Ml-24 RAID controllers are a cost-effective RAID storage solution that combines low-cost SATA III and port multiplier chips with low latency for internal storage systems. It is aimed at high-availability and capacity oriented applications more than 8 HDDs, such as security systems, surveillance, multimedia content generation, large-volume data capturing, mail servers and entry-level database systems. Its performance is limited by the port multiplier chip numbers on the controller. Applications will get the best performance when you attach the max number HDDs on the RAID controller or rearrange the HDD position to use max port multiplier chip. ARC-1264il-12/16 and ARC-1284Ml-24 internal PCIe 2.0 host RAID controllers are based on the same RAID kernel of field-proven internal/external RAID controller and same device driver architecture with widely used 3Gb/s and 6Gb/s SAS/SATA RAID controller. They can support directly attached 12/16/24 internal 6Gb/s SATA ports via 3/4/6 SFF-8087 connectors.

The ML version comes with Min SAS 4i internal connector. This Min SAS 4i (SFF-8087) connector has eight signal pins to support four SATA drives and six pins for the SGPIO (Serial General Purpose Input/Output) side-band signals. The SGPIO bus is for efficient LED management and for sensing drive locate status, without any discrete fault & activity cable needed.

Areca PCI-Express RAID Card Comparison
Model Name
I/O Process
ARM-based storage I/O processor
Host Bus Type
PCIe 2.0 x 8 Lanes
Drive Connector
Drive Support
Up to 12x6Gb/s SATA HDDs/SSD
Up to 16x6Gb/s SATA HDDs/SSD
RAID Level
0, 1, 1E, 3, 5, 6, 10, 30, 50, 60, Single Disk, and JBOD
On-Board Cache
1GB on-board SDRAM with ECC
Management Port
In-Band: PCIe Out-of-Band: LCD and LAN Port
Enclosure Ready
Individual Activity/Faulty Header, Serial Bus and SGPIO











Adapter Architecture  
ARM storage I/O processor  
1GB on-board SDRAM with ECC
PCIe 2.0 x8 lanes host interface  
ARC-1264il-12/16 supports up to 12/16 x 6Gb/s SATA HDDs  
ARC-1284Ml-24 supports up to 24 x 6Gb/s SATA HDDs  
Multi-adapter support for large storage requirements  
BIOS boot support for greater fault tolerance  
BIOS PnP (plug and play) and BBS (BIOS boot specification support  
Support EFI BIOS for Mac Pro  
NVRAM for RAID event & transaction log  
Redundant flash image for controller availability  
Battery Backup Module (BBM) ready (Optional) Model: ARC-6120BA-T121  
RoHS compliant  

RAID Features  
RAID level 0, 1, 10(1E), 3, 5, 6, 30, 50, 60, Single Disk or JBOD  
Multi-level RAID 0 and RAID 10 (R00 and R100)  
Support up to 1MB stripe size  
Multiple RAID selection  
Online array roaming  
Online RAID level/stripe size migration  
Online capacity expansion and RAID level migration simultaneously  
Online volume set growth  
Instant availability and background initialization  
Support global and dedicated hot spare  
Automatic drive insertion/removal detection and rebuilding  
Greater than 2TB capacity per disk drive support  
Greater than 2TB per volume set (64-bit LBA support)  
Support intelligent power management to save energy and extend service life  
Multiple pairs SSD/HDD disk clone function  
SSD automatic monitor clone (AMC) support  


System status indication through global HDD activity/fault connector, individual fault connector, LCD/serial bus connector and alarm buzzer
SMTP support for email notification

SNMP support for remote manager  
Enclosure management (Serial bus and SGPIO) ready      

RAID Management  
Field-upgradeable firmware in flash ROM    
In-Band Manager  
Hot key boot-up McBIOS RAID manager via BIOS  
Web browser-based McRAID storage manager via ArcHttp proxy server for all operating systems 
Support Command Line Interface (CLI)  
API library for customer to write monitor utility 
Single Admin Portal (SAP) monitor utility  
Out-of-Band Manager
Firmware-embedded web browser-based McRAID storage manager, SMTP manager, SNMP agent and Telnet function via Ethernet port  
API library for customer to write monitor utility  
Support push button and LCD display panel (option)  

Operating System  
Windows 8/2012/7/2008/Vista/XP/2003  
Linux (RedHat, SuSE, Debian, Mandrake, TurboLinux, CentOS, etc.)  
VMware (only driver package available w/o management utility)  
Solaris 10/11 x86/x86_64  
Mac OS 10.5.x/10.6.x/10.7.x/10.8.x  


Dimension: ARC-1264il-12/16: Low Profile 64.4(H) x 202(L) mm

Environmental Specifications

Operating: Temperature:+5°c to +60°c
  Humidity: 15-80%
Storage Temperature: Temperature:-40°c to 70°c
  Humidity: 5-90%


Power Dissipation: 12V + 3.3V
  ARC-1264il-12/16/1284Ml-24: 13.9W/16.0W/20.2W