I just couldn't wait any longer for the PCIe Version so i bought a PCI-X Raidcore BC4852 for use in my normal 32bit PCI Mainboard.
Buying this Raidcore card has proven to be a complete failure though :-(
I have the following two major and one minor problem:
a) Linux support sucks. The "SDK" Driver which basically is the source to compile the kernel module does not work with recent kernels. I had to go back to a kernel from August to use this Driver, even though the Driver is dated December 2005. Why? Because there have been changes in the kernel's SCSI code and Broadcom is to lazy to update their drivers accordingly. (And besides that: the installation documentation for these drivers sucks, it's somewhat of a mess and not well-structured)
I bought this controller mainly because of the transform function. Now, reading through the 200 Page manual (i should have done this before, i only read selected parts before buying the controller), i had to discover that the transform feature is utterly useless (for me), since it doesn't work beyond 2TB.
c) Support sucks. At the US phone number there only is an answering machine (intentionally, not because they are out of office or something). My general inquiry mail 1 month ago regarding the BC5550 was deliberately ignored so i'm not actually hoping my Technical Support emails will be answered (but i tried it nonetheless and asked for newer Linux drivers and asked if they plan to remove this silly 2TB transform barrier).
So basically, every reason i had to buy this controller is now gone. Somebody in Germany interested in a cheap BC4852 ?
I will probably pick up a 9550SX-8 tomorrow, which is neither cheap nor PCIe, but I don't seem to have much choice.
Signing off after a day of fighting (with) the BC4852,
anybody, the RAID5-Newbie