Reasonable cost, works right away without needing to find and activate it under a hardware list, and i didn't have to look for drivers. Linux Mint 18, Sylvia, recognized it right away and mounted the first drive i plugged in to test it.
Flashed this card to the IR firmware, flashed all 4 of my SSD's to the most current firmware then threw them into a raid-0 array. Getting 2GB/s read and write speeds according to ATTO starting at the 128k chunk size.
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.
Able to use the three SAS hard drives I had purchased on a great deal. (At the time I didn't know SAS and SATA are not quite compatible -- they look similar!) (The unit will take four SAS drives, I 'only' have three.)
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.
Works out-of-the-box with various Linux distros using 4.x kernel (currently Debian Stable) Works well with mdadm Simple settings Works well/reliably/as advertised
12G interface. 8 internal connections. Installs easily with no problems. Documentation is well written.
I thought that I had received the wrong drive. Acutally I had the wrong cable. And I should have known better. Once I got the correct cable, the boards work.
Both ESATA port works as port multiplier. I tested on two AD5SARM6G and working well under Windows 7 Ult so I got another just incase.
* 16 6 gb/s ports with a totol throughput 12,888 MB/s * 16E HBA + JBOD + ZFS = legacy hardware raid killer * Ability to expand to 1024 disks.
- Works seamlessly on reasonably recent Linux kernels - Cheaper (at retail) than previous gen 9300-16e - Uses less power than previous gen 16-channel cards. Previous generations used two chips, one per 8 channels; this latest gen card has a single chip. - Half-height (half-height bracket included in the box), unlike many previous non-OEM 16-channel cards, allowing better airflow in a desktop or workstation chassis where full-height cards interfere more with airflow.
Works LSI Logic controllers just work better than anything else on the market. Perform great, and work reliably.
- Easily flashes from IR (Integrated Raid) mode to IT (Initiator Target) mode. - Excellent performance (for class of card). - Well supported by FreeBSD (for ZFS). - Handles 8 drives in IT mode with ease.
I have an ASRock 970M Pro3 and needed to utilize the 2nd PCI-E x16. I found this to be an excellent choice while it was on sale for $24. installed on Windows 7 x64 for non-RAID use and looks great