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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.

 LSI 9361-4i SAS/SATA RAID ControllerBlackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 4K 6G-SDIBlackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Monitor 4KSIIG 3-port FireWire 800 PCIe (XIO2213)StarTech 2 Port Type A&C USB 3.1 Gen 2 10Gbit/s CardM.2 to 19-pin USB 3.0 AdapterHighPoint SSD7120 Quad U.2 RAID CardSilverstone USB 3.0 PCI-Express cardElgato 4K60 Pro MK.2 HDMI PCI-E Capture Card
Card Specifications
ManufacturerLSI Blackmagic Blackmagic SIIG StarTech Highpoint Silverstone Elgato
Type of PortsMini-SAS SFF8643 U.2 x4 Gen3 USB 3.0
Number of Ports1 2 3 2 4 3 2
Port Location(s)Internal External 2 external ports, 1 internal header External
RAID Modes Supported0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, and 60
Native Supported Disks4
Maximum Supported Disks128
Battery Backup Available?Yes
Slot StylePCI-Express x8 PCI-Express x4 PCI-Express x4 PCI-Express x1 PCI-Express x4 PCI-Express 3.0 x16 PCI-Express x1 PCI-Express x4
Form FactorLow/Full Height Full Height Low/Full Height Low/Full Height Low/Full Height Low/Full Height Low/Full Height Low/Full Height
Controller Chip
BrandLSI Asmedia NEC
ModelLSISAS3108 dual core RAID on Chip (ROC) ASM2142 uPD720201
Memory Amount1024 MB
Memory Expandable?No
Height177.8 mm (7.0 in)56 mm (2.2 in)
Width152.4 mm (6.0 in)14 mm (0.6 in)
Depth50.8 mm (2.0 in)122 mm (4.8 in)
Weight.4 kg (0.9 lbs)0.102 kg (0.2 lbs)