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I'm running out of SATA connections on my ASRock Z68 Pro3 mobo. I'm thinking about buying a SATA III PCIe card. Any good ones you can recommend?

 

I want to make sure there's actually 6Gb/s bandwidth available. Some of the reviews in Newegg mention that while a card may be rated 6Gb/s, sticking it in the wrong slot will limit the bandwidth. I only need a card with 2 to 4 connectors. Thanks.

 

*edit: I should have made it more clear that I'm looking for a non-RAID card. I own a RocketRAID 2720 but I don't want to use it just to add connectors.

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I'll be following this post also since I'm in the market for a PCIe SATA III (6Gb/s) RAID card (not host-based) for the new desktop system I'm spec-ing out. Minimum 4-ports with RAID-5. And a second card (8-ports RAID 5) to move my existing Q6600 system to server 2012 and retire my EX490 (WHS v1). I want the ability to move the array/card to a new system without losing data in the event of a motherboard failure.

I'm more interested in hearing peoples' opinions on which manufacturer has the best product and best support. I'd be willing to spend a bit more to get a solid performer with support that won't evaporate.

LSI? HighPoint? Adaptec?

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I'm running out of SATA connections on my ASRock Z68 Pro3 mobo. I'm thinking about buying a SATA III PCIe card. Any good ones you can recommend?

 

I've got a Supermicro AOC-SAS2LP-MV8 turning up tomorrow plus my main desktop system has a ASRock Z68 motherboard. The board is for my server box but I'll try it in the X16 slot on the ASRock to see if it works.

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Just to add some further info, there are 2 versions of the SuperMicro PCI-e card: an x8 one and an x4 one. You should check your mobo to be sure you have a x8 slot available if you want that card. Of course, it would be nice to have the extra bandwidth of the x8 card, but if you don't have a x8 slot.......

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I'll be following this post also since I'm in the market for a PCIe SATA III (6Gb/s) RAID card (not host-based) for the new desktop system I'm spec-ing out. Minimum 4-ports with RAID-5. And a second card (8-ports RAID 5) to move my existing Q6600 system to server 2012 and retire my EX490 (WHS v1). I want the ability to move the array/card to a new system without losing data in the event of a motherboard failure.

I'm more interested in hearing peoples' opinions on which manufacturer has the best product and best support. I'd be willing to spend a bit more to get a solid performer with support that won't evaporate.

LSI? HighPoint? Adaptec?

 

If you're looking for a true hardware RAID5 card then I recommend LSI. Their products are used for a lot of server RAID cards.

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I'm not in need of a RAID card, just a simple SATA III card. But maybe I should just stick my RocketRAID 2720 card in there and call it a day since it's currently sitting in a static bag on the shelf. It's just that it seems to run hot. It would be the hottest thing in my system.

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Well the AOC-SAS2LP-MV8 arrived and I tried it quickly in an old Abit Fatal1ty F-190HD and my Asus P5e-vm hdmi motherboards and it worked correctly in both in the x16 slot. I've only got some slower 5900 rpm Sata III drives but it reported it connected at 6Gb/s and the benchmarks were running at the same speed as the onboard stuff. The drivers loaded easy under WHS2011 as well.

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Well the AOC-SAS2LP-MV8 arrived and I tried it quickly in an old Abit Fatal1ty F-190HD and my Asus P5e-vm hdmi motherboards and it worked correctly in both in the x16 slot. I've only got some slower 5900 rpm Sata III drives but it reported it connected at 6Gb/s and the benchmarks were running at the same speed as the onboard stuff. The drivers loaded easy under WHS2011 as well.

That's a great looking card, though it's about twice what I'm willing to spend. Good luck with it.

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It's almost the price of a 2720

 

Its around £100 in the uk, not the cheapest but it does seem to work well.

 

I struggled to get the staggered spinup to work as I dont use a backplane and most drives dont have a jumper you can set. It was time to get the wire cutters out B)

 

Pin 11 on a SATA power connector needs to be not connected to 0V for spinup to be enabled.

 

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PIcture below is a modified connector next to a normal one.

 

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Worked like a charm and I got a thank you letter from my PSU ;)

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