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Excellent for ZFS
Pros: This HBA works flawlessly under OpenSolaris 2009.06. The builtin driver recognizes the card and the attached Promise VTJ610sS external storage enclosure.
Cons: Uses a non-standard SFF-8470 4x SAS connector (aka 4x Infiniband), rather than the standard SFF-8088 connector.
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Pros: Stable drivers for both linux and windows. Graphical interface while inside either OS to monitor drive status and build/rebuild arrays. Incredibly fast.
Cons: Comes with no cables, so make sure you buy the SF-8484 cable to go with it. It gets a little warm during extended data operations, large file transfers and other things of the like. Long boot time for the card.
Other Thoughts: THIS IS NOT A TRUE RAID SOLUTION. However, it also is not Fakeraid or a softraid controller, its somewhat of a grey area between fakeraid and true raid. It uses software to span the volumes, however, all the processing is done by the card itself, so to the OS and your other components, this is essentially a true raid card. Currently I am running this with 4 1tb WD Caviar Green drives, even with the fact that they are storage class high energy efficiency drives, I am getting maximum sustained transfer rates of 380MB/S read, 180MB/S write.
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Pros: Great stable drivers for linux/windows (didn't test others). Great read/write speeds (400MB/sec on a 16 bay SAS HBA).
Cons: not a single one.
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“This HBA works flawlessly under OpenSolaris 2009.06. The builtin driver recognizes the card and the attached Promise VTJ610sS ...”— cheesewright 12/1/2009
“Great stable drivers for linux/windows (didn't test others). Great read/write speeds (400MB/sec ...”— pgjensen 7/16/2009