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BitFenix BFA-MSC-MM45KK-RP 17.72
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

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.

VANTEC 4-Port SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCIe Host Card w/ Internal 20-Pin Connector Model UGT-PC345
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

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.

LSI LSI00302 (9207-8i Kit) PCI-Express 3.0 x8 Low Profile SATA / SAS Host Controller Card - Kit
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

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.


Jim G.'s Profile

Display Name: Jim G.

Date Joined: 03/24/08

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 08/25/11
  • Last Review: 05/05/14
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