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#1 Nemoes

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 02:00 AM

Hi,

 

I'm looking to build a home server, as part of the build I want to look at using a discrete raid controller that's capable of raid 5 and/or 6. I'll be using HDD's not SSDs for data storage so don't require 6.0Gbs performance. I have spent some time researching but am struggling to find a reasonably priced card that seems to offer decent performance. 

 

Server Spec: Motherboard for the build is an ASUS P8B-M / Intel i3 / 8Gb Crucial UDIMM ECC RAM / WD RED 3TB HDD /Intel 3500 Boot Drive.

 

Can anyone recommend a 4/8 port Sata card that offers good read/write performance at a reasonable price? (IRO £120/$200)

 

Thanks!

 

 


#2 continuum

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 02:07 PM

Hmm...  maybe the LSI MegaRAID SAS 9341-4i or -8i?


#3 Nemoes

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Posted 22 March 2014 - 02:03 PM

Thanks for the recommendation. I've also been looking at the following cards:

 

  • LSI MegaRAID MR SAS 8708EM2
  • LSI MegaRAID MR SAS 8308ELP
  • LSI MegaRAID SAS 9240-4i SGL
  • 3ware AMCC 9650SE-2LP

Would anyone recommend one of these cards over the other?

 

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#4 Nemoes

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 05:22 PM

Think I'll go for the MegaRAID SAS 8708EM2. Seems like a good budget option.

 

Does anyone know if this will support drives over 2TB?

 

Thanks.


#5 Kevin OBrien

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 06:49 PM

I'd be weary of getting that old of a controller since it is around the time where most lost new firmware revisions that supported 2TB+. Is eBay an option for certain cards? One of my concerns around the 8708EM2 if you get an old-stock model is the battery is most likely dead.


#6 Nemoes

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 01:31 AM

Yes, ebay is option. I've seen the 9650 at reasonable prices would that be a better bet or should I go for something newer again like the 9240?

 

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#7 continuum

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 01:50 PM

Those other three cards you list are ancient. Lack of driver and firmware updates would also be a huge issue, particularly given a lack of compatibility testing with modern harddisks (and worse, a lack of firmware updates to improve compatibility). I would stick with a modern card like the 9240.


#8 Nemoes

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 04:28 PM

Thanks for the advice all. That's been really helpful.  :)





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