Promise SX6000 ATA RAID
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SuperTrak SX6000
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Product Information for Promise SX6000 ATA RAID

Highlights for Promise SX6000 ATA RAID

  • Product Type:ATA RAID Controller
  • Host Interface:PCI
  • Drive Support:6 x Physical

Marketing Information

SuperTrak SX6000 lets you build huge storage arrays with Ultra ATA/100 drives and offer network-level RAID 5 fault tolerance. SX6000 includes six independent data channels for use with up to six drives. It employs a high performance Intel i960RM RISC processor for rapid-fire, hardware-based XOR calculations. A single DIMM slot accepts user-installed standard memory up to 128MB (16MB required) for handling read-ahead or write data cache. Offers easy array setup with built-in SuperBuild? BIOS utility. Includes a professional, customizable array management GUI to continuously monitor and maintain any SuperTrak array on your network.


  • Ports: 6 x 40-pin Ultra ATA - IDE
  • Environmental Conditions

  • Temperature: 32F (0C) to 122F (50C) Operating
  • General Information

  • Product Type: ATA RAID Controller
  • Manufacturer Part Number: SuperTrak SX6000
  • Manufacturer Website Address:
  • Manufacturer: Promise Technology
  • Product Name: SX6000 ATA RAID
  • Brand Name: Promise
  • Memory

  • Maximum Memory: 128 MB ECC SDRAM
  • Miscellaneous

    Additional Information

    Controller Type:
  • PCI (v.2.2) card with onboard CPU, DIMM slot, 6 independent drive channels, large LBA support

    Cache Memory:
  • Supports user-installation of one 168-pin DIMM for ECC/non-ECC SDRAM (16MB min, 128MB max, unbuffered) with dynamically configured cache parameters (writeback/writethrough, flush).

    Ultra ATA/100 Support:
  • Up to six (6) Ultra ATA/100 drives
  • Full compliance with Ultra ATA/100 specification, including CRC error-checking

    Drive Type Support:
  • Ultra ATA/100, Ultra ATA/66, Ultra ATA/33

    RAID Management Utility:
  • Auto-detects failed drive, rebuilds drive data in background
  • Supports SMART-capable drives to predict failures
  • Audible/visual event alarms
  • Views, creates, and deletes arrays
  • Accessible via Internet
  • Event e-mail notification
  • Monitors optional SuperSwap 1000 hot swap enclosures

    RAID Stripe Block Size Support:
  • Variable block size (4 KB to 64 KB) permits better O/S, application-specific performance

    RAID Data Handling:
  • Elevator seek, load balancing, hardware scatter-gather engine, and tagged command queuing optimize data retrieval and command execution

    Hot Swap & Spare Features:
  • Allows assigning standby hot spare drive for fault tolerant arrays
  • Offers hot swap support when used with optional Promise SuperSwap 1000 chassises

    Error Handling:
  • Provides Ultra ATA Cyclical Redundant Checking for high-speed data transfers
  • NVRAM creates write log for data parity coherency
  • LEDs monitor card, array status

    BIOS Features:
  • Optimizes drive performance by type using Promise Ultra ATA/100 ASIC
  • Auto-configures most RAID arrays
  • Allows for manual array configuration
  • Flashable
  • Boots system from all array levels
  • 48-bit LBA recognizes drives greater than 137GB
  • BBS compliant

    Performance-Related Features:
  • True hardware-based RAID
  • Single IRQ per RAID I/O
  • Intelligent cache dynamically configures itself
  • Microprocessor offloads tasks to reduce system CPU utilization
  • User-configurable cache parameters for each array: write policy, and flush policy
  • User-configurable RAID stripe sizing allows controller to optimize operations for operating systems and applications
  • Multi-threaded command processing and disk operations
  • Intelligent algorithm to optimize RAID 5 writes

    Data Protection Features:
  • Meets all of the RAID Advisory Board's standards for RAID levels
  • Configuration is stored on all disks in the array. This allows configuration to be restored to a new controller in case of controller failure

    Host Interface:
  • I2O version 1.5 compliant
  • Supports up to 133MB per second burst data transfer rate across PCI bus
  • Provides 32-bit PCI bus mastering with 0 wait states
  • Onboard 64K Flash BIOS
  • Firmware Flash EEPROM

    Monitoring tools:
  • Windows-based monitoring utility
  • Remote monitor capable through Internet or LAN
  • Notification of problems through email
  • Monitors temperature, power and fan operation of enclosures*, as well as status of drives and array

    NOTE: SuperTrak SX6000 ships without memory preinstalled. A minimum of 16 MB must be installed for the controller to function.
    * When used with Promise Technology SuperSwap Enclosures.
  • Package Contents

  • SuperTrak SX6000 controller card
  • SuperTrak SX6000 User Manual
  • SuperTrak SX6000 OS drivers & utility diskettes (3)
  • Internal 18" Ultra ATA/100 80-wire/40-pin hard drive cables (6)
  • Y-power cable (3)
  • Compatibility

  • PC
  • Certifications & Standards

  • CE
  • FCC Class B
  • BSMI
  • System Requirements

  • 1 bus mastering PCI slot (PCI v. 2.2 or 2.1 compliant)
  • 16MB (up to 128 MB) 168-pin DIMM for cache RAM (ECC or non-ECC, unbuffered)
  • One to Six Ultra ATA/100, Ultra ATA/33/66 hard drive(s) for dedicated use in the RAID array
  • Windows NT 4.0, or Windows 2000 on server stations
  • Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows 9x, or Window Me on remote monitoring stations
  • Physical Characteristics

  • Dimensions: 4.20" Height x 13.50" Depth
  • Shipping Dimensions: 3" Height x 8.22" Width x 16" Depth
  • Shipping Weight: 2.32 lb
  • Power Description

  • Input Voltage: 3.3 V DC 5%
  • Processor & Chipset

  • Processor: Intel i960RM 32-bit 100 MHz
  • Reliability


    Technical Information

  • Bootable: Yes
  • Host Interface: PCI
  • Data Transfer Rate: 100
  • Drive Support: 6 x Physical
  • RAID Levels: 0
  • Warranty

  • Additional Warranty Information: Promise Technology, Inc. ("Promise") warrants that for two (2) years from the time of the delivery of the product to the original end user:
    a) The product will conform to Promise's specifications
    b) The product will be free from defects in material and workmanship under normal use and service.

    This warranty:
    a) Applies only to products which are new and in cartons on the date of purchase
    b) Is not transferable
    c) Is valid only when accompanied by a copy of the original purchase invoice.

    This warranty shall not apply to defects resulting from:
    a) Improper or inadequate maintenance, or unauthorized modification(s), performed by the end user
    b) Operation outside the environmental specifications for the product
    c) Accident, misuse, negligence, misapplication, abuse, natural or personal disaster, or maintenance by anyone other than a Promise or a Promise-authorized service center.
  • Parts Warranty/Labor: 2 Year
  • Standard Warranty: 2 Year Limited - USA