Configuration "software" is complete garbage
Pros: The card hardware does what it's supposed to do.
Cons: The windows based configuration and monitoring software that adaptec uses is called Maxview. Maxview is complete and utter garbage. Basically Maxview is a web based interface to the card, and often it just does not work. For example, you suddenly can't log in, you don't see your controller, you don't see your array, you can't change your array, etc. So, you're left with some boot utility that hasn't changed in 5 years. I know, because it's the same junk they had on the 3805 raid controller, which is what I was using before the 7805. If I could pick again, I would have bought the LSI megaraid line. I may end up ebaying this stupid thing and doing that anyway. After spending 1100 bucks on this card along with 4 enterprise SAS drives, I am particularly disappointed with the junk "software" that I have to deal with to admin my raid array.
Other Thoughts: I have win8 pro 64 box with the 7805 paired to 4 SAS drives in raid 5. I've been running hw raid for years over a number of different controllers, so this is not a new thing for me.
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Adaptec 7805 Rocks
Pros: The 7805 is truely impressive. It's designed specifically to work with SSD or typical drives even SATA/SAS mixed. The processors and cache are super fast. With only 3 SSD in raid 5 it benchmarked at 1.5 GB /sec read and write. Once I get my other 3 SSDs on there it is going to be unreal.
Cons: Cost - but worth it.
Other Thoughts: If you can suck up the price - this is the bomb.
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