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3Ware Escalade 3W-6400 RAID Controller
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Author: Hardware One
Date of review: 08-December-2000
Type Of Review: Miscellaneous

RAID or Redundant array of independent disks for short, has gotten very popular within the past few months, especially with the introduction of integrated IDE RAID solutions by certain motherboard manufacturers and low cost 3rd party IDE RAID cards from Promise, HighPoint and AMI.

With the advent of applications focusing on digital video production, graphics imaging and web serving, it is becoming more and more important to have a huge and rapid online storage to serve the various needs. Although you have today's fastest system with over a gigahertz of processing power, your hard drive is still the slowest component around. Even with the latest ATA/100 or Ultra160 SCSI drives, you can hardly sustain 40MB/s from them. Your CPU can only work as fast if only your hard drive can supply data fast enough for the CPU to process.

3Ware's Escalade 3W-6400 RAID controller is one of the first few IDE RAID controller out there in the world. Founded in 1997, 3Ware is well known in the RAID industry to provide high-performance, fault-tolerant storage controllers that work in Windows 98, Windows NT/2000 as well as the Linux environments.

Colorful Box Design...

The Escalade Ultra ATA/66 3W-6400...
The 3W-6400 is a 4-channel controller card which supports ATA/33 and ATA/66 disk drives and uses 3Ware's DiskSwitch™ technology to provide independent low-latency bandwidth from each hard drive to the system memory, hereby allowing rapid access to large volumes of data.

Along with the DiskSwitch technology, the card comes equipped with an enhanced version of RAID-1 mirroring called TwinStor™, which gives you unparalleled performance along with RAID-1 security. For additional performance, the RAID card can be configured for RAID 10, which combines RAID 0 striping and RAID 1 plus TwinStor™ mirroring, offering the best combination of performance and reliability.

This card is loooong! Beware, it might not fit into smaller casings!

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