XFX (Pine Technologies) is very well known for its comprehensive range of high performance graphic cards. Today, we’ll be taking a look at one of their other products, The XFX Revo 5 Port SATA Raid card for Music Professionals.
XFX (Pine Technologies) is very well known for its comprehensive range of
high performance graphic cards. Today, we’ll be taking a look at one of their
other products, The XFX Revo 5 Port SATA Raid card for Music Professionals.
The Revo5 comes in different flavours specifically engineered for different
types of consumers, namely for Macintosh, for Gamers, for Music Professionals
and for Multimedia. More Information can be obtained at XFX’s
The Revo5 boasts of an unique RAID subsystem, the RAID3. According to the
manual, the way RAID3 works on this XFX RAID card is essentially the same
as how a RAID5 would work on another RAID card, but XFX’s RAID3 technology
boasts a higher rebuilding speed as fast as 30seconds if one of the drive
fails, minimising downtime and enabling users to continue working on their
mission critical projects.
One can rarely find a 5 port SATA RAID card that comes in the 32bit PCI bus
interface, as there will be a bottleneck in data transfers if all 5 drives
are used at the same time. The XFX Revo5 is one of this few, and operates
on a 66Mhz PCI bus speed based on the 33Mhz. One might have to be careful
when buying this card as it might not work on older motherboards which are
not PCI 2.1 compliant.
A picture of the box itself
Opening it up
The included accessories and the card itself; a manual, driver CD and 5 lime
green SATA cables
A closer look at the card itself
The card comes equipped with 64MB of onboard RAM for caching purposes
The NC5000 RAID Processor found onboard
The NC5000 is essentially a Parallel ATA RAID Chip, and you will need a PATA-SATA
Conversion IC in order for it to work on SATA. You can find 5 of such chips
onboard the Revo 5.