well fuck me
Their controllers are terrible...
We are using several Areca controllers in very large (24 drive) SAS arrays without any issues.
I am not trolling, I am genuinely interested to know the problems you had and if you upgraded to the latest firmwares on each card (they put out updates often and the changelog lists many bugfixes).
An authority is a person who can tell you more about something than you really care to know.