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DL320s / P400 SATA speed

 
Shahid Sheikh
Occasional Contributor

DL320s / P400 SATA speed

The DL320s has one leg each in both Profialnt and storage forums so I never know which one to post in.

I was looking at the specs 'cause we were interested in buying a couple.

Am I reading the fine print in the specs correctly that the P400 controller in it only does 1.5 Gbit/s on SATA?
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Farooq Saleem
Frequent Advisor

Re: DL320s / P400 SATA speed

Hello Shahid,

The maximum data transfer for SATA hard drives is 1.5Gb/s.

So Smart Array P400 Controller can only do 1.5Gb/s on SATA hard drives,

but it can do 3.0 Gb/s on SAS drives.

Regards,
Farooq
Shahid Sheikh
Occasional Contributor

Re: DL320s / P400 SATA speed

That was true a couple of years ago. 3G on SATA has been available for some time now. In fact, 6 Gbit/sec will be available shortly. Probably only good for solid state drives though.

Are you suggesting that HP drives are only 1.5 Gbit/sec? That is not the case according to this: http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/13021_div/13021_div.html

Hence my question that is the 1.5 Gbit/s speed on SATA a limitation of the P400?
KarloChacon
Honored Contributor

Re: DL320s / P400 SATA speed

hi


yes for smart array controllers like P400 they only work at 1.5 GB for SATA HDDs


there are some documents that says for another controllers like Embedded SATA and SAS HBAs the firmware must be updated to support 3GB SATA HDDs but they are not clear if the firmware is to support the 3GB speed or just to support the HDD itself but I think is the last sentence just to support the HDD

check this

http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/12903_na/12903_na.html#Core%20Options

"NOTE: Server BIOS update is required to support 3G SATA drives when configured with embedded SATA controller."

check this thread also

http://forums11.itrc.hp.com/service/forums/questionanswer.do?threadId=1268450

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KarloChacon
Honored Contributor

Re: DL320s / P400 SATA speed

check this SAS HBAs do not support 3G speed neither

http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/servers/proliantstorage/adapters/sc44ge/index.html


so the HDD are out there but won't work at 3GB
I heard next year will be Generation 6 servers that will have new controllers that eventually are going to support 3GB

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Shahid Sheikh
Occasional Contributor

Re: DL320s / P400 SATA speed

Thanks for the info.

This is really a shame. Othewise the DL320s is a very attractive box because of the high HD density.

I'll have to check again but I think the Dells have been supporting 3G speeds on SATA eversince their first SAS/SATA RAID controller which I think was the Perc 5.