Excellent entry-level controller, even for standard PC's1/2/2019 10:09:12 AM

Pros: Inexpensive Supports up to 8 SATA or SAS drives Supports many hardware RAID levels, except RAID 5 Still supported natively by Windows 10, with modern firmware and drivers from mid-2017 available

Cons: No RAID 5 support without hardware key Key is difficult to find Components on top of the board, rather than the bottom

Overall Review: There is no clear cut info on this, so I will place it here. This RAID controller is a completely standard PCI-e card electrically. The bracket is non-standard. The bracket is removed by two Phillips screws on the outer edge of the card. This card sits surprisingly well without the bracket, the activity LED's will not be visible, but depending on what card is in the slot above, the LED's will rest on the bracket of the slot above it, supporting the controller. Two more pieces of important info: This card will work in a x16 slot, it will not be as secure as an 8x slot, but it will work. The components are on the wrong side of the board, this is not an issue unless the card above it has a shroud or heatsink, such as video cards. Because of this oddity, ensure that nothing on the controller is touching the card above it, otherwise you could damage the motherboard or your other card. All in all, I recommend this card to anyone in need of a RAID controller for next to nothing. It is a standard LSI card in a Supermicro-specific form factor. Link to Supermicro FTP server (for drivers, firmware, etc.): https://www.supermicro.com/wftp/driver/SAS/LSI/2008/ This link contains everything you need to get started with this and any other Broadcom 2008-based card. Directories explained: /iMR/ Contains everything needed to flash the card to support RAID 5, requires hardware key... /IR_IT/ Contains everything needed to set up hardware RAID, does not require hardware key. Also contains UEFI firmware for modern computers. No physical manual included, the online version is below. Manual: https://www.supermicro.com/manuals/other/AOC-USAS2-L8i_L8e_L8iMR.pdf

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