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This review is from: BitFenix BFA-MSC-MM45KK-RP 17.72" (45cm) Molex Extension
Pros: Works well, wires individually sleeved. All-black color improves the looks of an all-black interior case.
Cons: There's no overall sleeve over the entire cable. This makes it easy to get the wires tangled. It would have been nice to have an overall sleeve.
Other Thoughts: I used this inside a server to extend the molex power over to a USB3.0 expansion card.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Works with CentOS 6.5 (Kernel 2.6.32). Tested with an external USB3 disk drive, works well.
Cons: Power connection required, and this messes up the look of the insides. This went inside a large server chassis (Supermicro 6047), and I needed a Molex extension cable to hook up to a power supply.
Other Thoughts: Uses the NEC/Renesas controller chip.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Bought this to interface to a 24-drive SAS backplane in a server enclosure. It works well with CentOS Linux (kernel 2.6.32), both for drive access and to do enclosure management (ie, make the backplane LEDs work). Drives are hot-swappable. Fast. PCI-express 3.0 means that it will never be the bottleneck, even when using all eight SAS links flat-out.
Cons: Boot times increase. Not sure why LSI's option ROMs take so long to start. Not a big deal for a server that stays on 24/7 though.
Other Thoughts: Note that this is an HBA, not a RAID controller. It does not do RAID5/6 on board, it's simply a way to talk to your SAS drives.
Bought this to build a storage server. Using a Supermicro 6047 24-disk chassis. The server runs CentOS 6.5 and uses ZFS. bonnie++ benchmarks on a raidz2 array with eight 3TB Seagate 7200 rpm SAS disks gave about 540 MB/s sequential write, about 600 MB/s on read. The 4-link interface to the backplane would likely be a bottleneck once all 24 slots on the backplane are populated, but that's still more speed than I'd need for now.