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Controllers Information

RAID Controllers
If you do not intend to put your hard drives in a RAID array, then you do not need a RAID controller.

Dedicated hardware RAID controllers offer a much better solution for RAID than simple onboard controllers. These have better driver compatibility, work in both Windows and Linux, and support a wider range of array types. They also have dedicated processors, so that no extra load is put on the main CPU. For a high-end RAID solution where performance and stability are important, one of these is a must.

To help you select which one is best for you, match the type of connection available on your motherboard and the number of drives you need. Alternatively, talk to one of our customer service representatives and we can make sure you get the best product for your needs.

For more info on RAID arrays, check out our hardware article.

Other controllers
If you need additional ports above and beyond what your motherboard and case provide, we offer additional controller cards for most common port types.

 Silverstone USB 3.0 PCI-Express cardStarTech 2 Port Type A&C USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gbit/s CardModDIY Internal USB 3.0 Hub Controller 4 PortBlackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Monitor 4KElgato 4K60 Pro MK.2 HDMI PCI-E Capture CardElgato Cam Link Pro Multi Camera PCI-E Capture CardBlackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 4K 6G-SDI
Card Specifications
ManufacturerSilverstone Startech MODDIY Blackmagic Elgato Elgato Blackmagic
Type of PortsUSB 3.0 USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbit/s)
Number of Ports3 2 8 2 2 4
Port Location(s)2 external ports, 1 internal header External Internal headers External External
Slot StylePCI-Express x1 PCI-Express x4 PCI-Express x4 PCI-Express x4 PCI-Express x4 PCI-Express x4
Form FactorLow/Full Height Low/Full Height Low/Full Height Low/Full Height Full Height Full Height
Controller Chip
BrandNEC Asmedia Genesys Logic
ModeluPD720201 ASM3142 GL3520
Dimensions
Net Weight0.175 kg (0.4 lbs)0.175 kg (0.4 lbs)0.291 kg (0.6 lbs)0.102 kg (0.2 lbs)0.146 kg (0.3 lbs)0.331 kg (0.7 lbs)
Height10.16 mm (0.4 in)56 mm (2.2 in)56 mm (2.2 in)
Width44.45 mm (1.7 in)14 mm (0.6 in)14 mm (0.6 in)
Depth95.25 mm (3.7 in)122 mm (4.8 in)122 mm (4.8 in)