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tdhall

Controller for 4 8tb sas drives

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I am building a workstation and have 4 HGST 8tb sas drives. I would like a 12 gb/s raid controller, but can't spend over $300 for one. I have spent hours looking at specs and trying to find reviews, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of info available. I am having difficulty determining the age of the products listed, so I am unable to determine if the offering is even current.  I don't care about brand, as long as the provider is still in business. (Seems LSI has been acquired by another company, so I am not sure which, if any of their product are current and supported.)

I would like something that is reliable, easy to set up, and works with Windows 10. I am hoping that there is a product out there that will meet my needs. Any help would be appreciated.

TH

 

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Sticking with Broadcom/Avago/LSI or Microsemi/Adaptec would be your best bet. On the OEM side, Supermicro and Dell leverage a lot of LSI products and as such there are some whitebox versions of the main LSI adapters available for a lower entry price or as system take outs.

Now onto the main item, why do you need a 12gb/s adapter for HDDs? You could get a much cheaper price on something prior generation, unless you plan on adding flash into the mix.

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If you are sure that you will not expand beyond 4 disks *and* your HGST drives are 512e (not native 4k) you could consider an Adaptec 6405.  I have a 6805 with 8 x 8TB He8 drives that works quite well as my backup storage to a newer 8805 setup.  While Microsemi (now the Adaptec owner) has only done limited drive testing, HGST has a more extensive guide for their drives HERE.  At one time I investigated using 4K native drives with the 6805 and found information that it would not work but have since lost the link.

Newegg has the 6405 (which is 6Gb/s that I agree is more than adequate if you only use spinners) available for $269 after promo code HERE and then you will also need one Internal mini-SAS with power (SFF-8087 to SFF-8482) cable that is a 1 8087 to 4 SAS fanout cable and runs under $20 on Amazon and elsewhere.

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