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What kind of drives are you using: SATA or SAS?

The 2720 Supports both.

 

Thanks :) Something like this?  http://cgi.ebay.ie/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=111350324250

 

Will the cables I have for the H310 fit that card? The connectors do look the same alright - pic here:  http://www.ebay.ie/itm/231213244992

 

Thanks again

You'll have to post a picture of it as Ebay is blocked where I work. Though if it uses a SFF-8087 cable (SAS to 4x SATA) cable it should work.

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ikon

Yes, you do need Forward cables, but the connectors better match the type of drive as well ;)

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mdss

@ikon He's using 3TB WD Red drives.

 

@jmwills Those are forward breakout cables. They will work on any controller that comes with SFF8087 internal connectors.

 

@Kaiser2000 I can't recommend Highpoint as I have no experience with their products, but it looks like so many people around here recommend it.

 

I have tested the T20 with LSI 9211-8i (LSI retail, not Dell) and it's all good. If you insist on RAID 5 I think the best one to get would be an LSI 9240-8i (you can get the M1015) and flash it to the latest LSI MR firmware that is less than a month old.

 

Return the controller, but keep the cables.

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mdss

The OEM SAS cable works just fine with SAS and SATA drives.

 

If you got the Dell cables with the controller and you have to return those too, just get the LSI OCF (the red one). One thing to consider is that you'll have to get 90deg angled connectors version for the 2 drives in the bottom cage. With the 3ware OCF I wasn't able to close the side door of the chassis.

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Kaiser2000

Thanks for all the replies guys - sorry for the delay replying but it was 1am when I last posted and I needed sleep :)

 

So my choice then seems to be the RocketRaid 2720: http://cgi.ebay.ie/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=111350324250

or the LSI 9240-8i/IBM M1015:  http://cgi.ebay.ie/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=291130540147

 

Adding in postage they both work out about the same - is the LSI/IBM one the better choice then?

 

Thanks again for all your help and advice - really appreciate it!

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mdss

Given the same or similar prices, I would choose the LSI, but not the one you linked to.

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Kaiser2000

Given the same or similar prices, I would choose the LSI, but not the one you linked to.

 

Why not that one? Not the correct type?

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mdss

It's the correct type but it would take a month to get to IE.

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