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Intel RS2WG160 PCI-Express 2.0 x8 SATA / SAS RAID Controller Card

  • RAID 1/5/6/10/50/60
  • 4 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS Internal Connectors
  • Up to 6Gb/s

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Improved performance for 3Gb/s or 6Gb/s SAS or SATA drives is possible with the Intel RAID Controller RS2WG160, which includes sixteen internal ports that can connect up to 16 drives inside the server via direct connection or passive backplane. This controller is a great solution for growing storage needs since it can support up to 128 drives because it features SAS expander technologies and SAS-2 architecture that delivers support for data transfer rates of up to 6Gb/s per port.

Intel RAID Controller RS2WG160 offers self-encrypting drive support with Intel premium features, along with an optional battery backup that maintains data without the need for an uninterruptible power supply.

  • newegg Excellent Performance, Highly Scalable LSI SAS2108 ROC technology, x8 PCI Express Generation 2 host interface and 512MB on-board DDR II 800 MHz cache enhance the performance of mainstream applications. Capable of connecting up to 16 drives directly or up to 128 using SAS expanders.
  • newegg Exceptional Data Protection Supports data redundancy using SAS or SATA hard disk drives through mirroring, parity, and double parity (RAID levels 1, 5, and 6), plus striping capability for spans (RAID levels 10, 50, and 60).
  • newegg Self-encrypting Drive Support Optional Disk Encryption (DE) model includes SafeStore Encryption Services with Instant Secure Erase and Local Key Management.
  • newegg BBU Support This adapter supports optional Intel Smart Battery AXXRSBBU7 or AXXRSBBU8 to maintain data in case the server or power fails, eliminating the need of an additional bulky power supply.
  • newegg Hot Spare Includes global hot spare support that automatically comes online to replace the first drive to fail on any array or disk group on the controller.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Kristen G.
  • 7/28/2014 9:18:50 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat after firmware update

Pros: Once the cards firmware is updated, the card performs wonderfully. I am using it in a small server with desktop class hardware and it's fast and stable controlling up to 16 hard drives with standard mini SAS to SATA breakout cables. The web configuration utility (which runs as a small application, not in the browser) is easygoing to use and offers full control including configuration, management, and firmware updates. The card supports a wide variety of raid configurations including (most importantly) raid 6 with hot spare(s) and the ability to add drives to increase capacity of existing arrays without loss of data.

Cons: The card had major flaws out of the box and firmware update wasn't as easy as it should have been. When I tried to use this card without performing a firmware update, it wouldn't support more than 6 drives. If 7 or more drives were connected, the card failed to start and even the bios configuration utility was inaccessible. When downloading the firmware update from intel, the included batch installer didn't work under any of several windows variants I tried.

Other Thoughts: Minus one star for out of the box issues but, now that I know how to fix this, I would purchase this card again. I just had to update the firmware via the web utility which was straightforward once I finally realized that was what was needed.

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