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    Default Looking for a raid controller

    As the title says I am looking for a raid controller to go into a X58A-UD5 Rev2 motherboard.


    Here are my choices Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!.


    Both Adaptec cards state they have 128mb ram while the LSI does not state anything about ram. The Adaptec 2405 card is also only SAS/SATA2 while the others are SAS/SATA3.


    I will be using one of these raid cards with ESXi 5.0. I have 4 sata2 2tb hdds that I would like to attach to it and be setup in raid10. I have a bios that supports VT-d so I would like to pass this raid card along to a windows VM running on the server.




    Which of these 2 cards would have the best support, speed, reliability.


    I would like to try and stay with in the price rage of these cards if you have other suggestions.
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    Default Re: Looking for a raid controller

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    Default Re: Looking for a raid controller

    are the rocket raid any good? complete noob when it comes to raid but ive read good things about them
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    Default Re: Looking for a raid controller

    Im not to sure I think im leaning towards adaptec.

    I can get the 6805E from ebay for 217.99
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    Default Re: Looking for a raid controller

    PM chrisram and ask him what he'd suggest in your price range, he's our storage and SSD guy so I'm sure he could help!
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    Default Re: Looking for a raid controller

    Thanks LSD PM sent. I have a itchy trigger finger right now about to buy that last card but I am gonna wait untill I hear back from someone. I also have this post going over at XS storage section. I am, I wanna say 98% sure either cards will work but the last card seems to be the best choice.
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    Default Re: Looking for a raid controller

    Ya, I know how that feels, hopefully he'll be able to give you some other options or advice on your current choices

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    Default Re: Looking for a raid controller

    I think my main concern is that the card will work with the board. I dont plan on booting from the raid card just would like to access those drives in raid10.

    It sucks that ESXi only supports the intel controller in ahci mode even when bios is set to raid. And if I enabled direct access to the intel controller I lose access to the jmicron controller.
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    Default Re: Looking for a raid controller

    I don't know why I can't get email notifications. Anyhow, get the LSI, it has PCIe 2.0 8x lanes. It will work with your board now too. Just update the firmware.

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    Default Re: Looking for a raid controller

    Thanks for the reply chris. Is there a big difference between PCIe 2.0 8x vs 4x? The adaptec 6805e card is cheaper then the LSI 9240-8i card. I am really drawn to the Adaptec 6805e it says its 4 lane PCIe gen 2. I will be moving from the built in Intel raid controller and that speed was fine enough so I am not looking for a rocket ship.

    You say the LSI card will work with my board just update the firmware. Would it not work if it did not have the correct firmware? Only systems I have access to are Gigabyte boards, P45-ud3p, x58a-ud5, x58a-oc.

    So if the adaptec card would work out of the box (looked at adaptec site and no firmware downloads) for a cheaper price with little speed difference compared to the LSI card would be the better route?
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