The Series 2 family of Adaptec Unified Serial (SATA/SAS) RAID controllers leverages the same industry-leading dual-core hardware RAID design as our industry-leading Series 5 Performance RAID controllers. The Adaptec RAID 2805 features 800 MHz of processing power, a 128MB of DDR2 write cache, connectivity with the latest x8 PCI-Express, and direct I/O connectivity for SATA/SAS tape devices and hard drives. Using SAS expanders, it supports up to 128 devices. The Adaptec RAID 2805 supports a wide range of operating systems, compatibility with more than 300 third-party devices, and full integration with Adaptec Storage Manager for centralized management of all Adaptec RAID controllers on the network.
You cannot use this just for the extra ports!
This review is from: Adaptec RAID 2805 2269600-R SATA/SAS 8 internal ports w/ 128MB cache memory Controller Card, Kit
Pros: Low price for a 8 port raid card, has bios, looks easy to work with (did not configure any raids)
Cons: This card CANNOT be used just to add extra sata ports to a computer! My intention was to use this for Linux md raid but the drives do not show up. It wants to initialize them, which will destroy all data.
Other Thoughts: Rated 3 eggs to try to keep it neutral, the card itself may not bad for what it's suppose to do, I suppose, it's just a bummer that it cannot act as a non-raid card and just present the drives to the OS. Returning and will try to find a non-raid card for my needs.
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