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).
The first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts. -- Paul Erlich