-4 SATA ports on one small card -Cheap -PCI-E x1 (best that I had available) -Supports booting from an attached drive I bought this card to add SATA ports for storage drives. My aging P5Q-E motherboard does not support HDDs larger than 2TB; this card allows me to use 4TB HDDs.
Really fast 8 SATA III ports PCI-e 3.0 x8 1GB Cache
-Recognized directly with Truenas -Well packaged in a plastic case to protect the card in shipping.
low cost. amazing for non raid proformance increase.
Supports Virtual Drives(Very, very important if you want to present a large disk to and install Windows). Very fast, the Cache is a-plenty(512 MB, double the cache that my hard drives have). It also supports SSD and has optimization features for those, for future expansion. It also supports SAS extenders fr expanding out your array. The optional BBU I bought separably is great, and offers additional performance bonuses due to write back. This card is actually sitting in a spare slot in my Nvidia 780i triple SLI motherboard. Bought that way back in the day when I saw that PCIe 2.0 would be an excepted and common standard for add-on cards; I was right. It now serves as the platform for my WHS11 file server. The LSI Megaraid monitoring tool is usefull as well for checking up on the cntroller/BBU healthOh and when I called LSI for help on setting it up, I got a person instantly, none of that stupid call routing stuff, just an honest, nice and knowledgeable staff member. Glad I bought LSI!
It worked with no fuss: shut down ubuntu, popped in the card, hooked up a drive, powered up and there it was in the drives app.
- Ease of setup - Speed / functionality
easy set up
Excellent purchase. Easy to install, no drivers required or necessary with Win10 64-bit, and it booted up fine and the drive attached to one of the sata3 ports did show it was running at 6gbps speed! Very nice indeed. High recommend.
Easy to use GUI to configure Virtual Drives and Drive Spans. Onboard memory makes performance and caching features trustable and quick. LSI always makes great RAID controllers if you go for real hardware RAID. Great low profile size fits easily into any computer case.
Works LSI Logic controllers just work better than anything else on the market. Perform great, and work reliably.
I needed a SATA III adapter for my old ASUS P6T Deluxe (V1) that could keep up with my SSD (an aging, though still fairly fast Crucial Performance Pro). First I tried an SI-PEX40064 and while that worked better than the inbuilt controller, it was limited to about 400MB/sec. This one, however, has no such issue and works great. ATTO resulted in nearly 500MB/sec readings for both read and write, which is about as good can be expected.
There are not many M.2 expansion cards that support Non-Bifurcation. This is a big deal if you have a motherboard that may not support M.2 drives or only supports a limited number in the bios. Cheap M.2 expansion cards almost always require bios support and usually do not work correctly on older motherboards. This card will allow you to run M.2s on even a PCIE 2.0 board with fast speeds. Standard M.2s only use x4 speeds on the PCIE bus. This card will allow 4x M.2s to run at x4 dependently. It also supports software RAID. This means if you only have a PCIE 2.0 board and RAID 0 fast M.2s you could get close to 8GB speed over PCIE 2.0 and up to 16GB over PCIE 3.0. Most motherboards may only have additional PCIE slots running at x8, but that is still 4GBs over PCIE 2.0 and 8GB over PCIE 3.0 when RAIDed. This is a big deal if you do not wish to upgrade and still want great speed out of your storage medium.
- Works out of the box on FreeBSD 11 - No issues with 4Kn drives