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.

 SYBA SATA/eSATA II (3.0Gb/s) PCI-Express cardStarTech 2 Port Type A&C USB 3.1 Gen 2 CardSilverstone USB 3.0 PCI-Express cardSIIG 3-port FireWire 800 PCIe (XIO2213)Elgato HD60 Pro HDMI PCI-E Capture CardBlackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Monitor 4KLSI 9300-8i SAS/SATA HBA ControllerLSI 9361-4i SAS/SATA RAID ControllerLSI 9305-16i 16 port HBA controllerLSI 9305-24i 24 port HBA controllerBlackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 4K 6G-SDI
Card Specifications
ManufacturerSYBA StarTech Silverstone Elgato LSI LSI LSI LSI
Type of PortsSATA 3Gbps -USB 3.0 -Mini-SAS SFF8643 Mini-SAS SFF8643 Mini-SAS SFF8643 Mini-SAS SFF8643
Number of Ports3 2 3 2 2 1 4 6
Port Location(s)1 internal, 1 external External 2 external ports, 1 internal header -Internal Internal Internal Internal
Slot StylePCI-Express x1 PCI-Express x4 PCI-Express x1 PCI-Express x1 PCI-Express x8 PCI-Express x8 PCI-Express x8 PCI-Express x8
Form FactorFull Height Low/Full Height Low/Full Height Low/Full Height Low/Full Height Low/Full Height Low/Full Height Low/Full Height
Native Supported Disks----8 4 16 24
Maximum Supported Disks----1024 128 1024 1024
Battery Backup Available?----Yes Yes --
RAID Modes Supported----0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, and 60 --
Controller Chip
BrandSil Asmedia NEC -LSI LSI LSI LSI
Model3132 ASM1142 uPD720201 -SAS3008 LSISAS3108 dual core RAID on Chip (ROC) SAS3224 SAS3224
Memory Amount-----1024 MB--
Memory Expandable?-----No --
Dimensions
Height-177.8 mm (7.0 in)-56 mm (2.2 in)----
Width-152.4 mm (6.0 in)-14 mm (0.6 in)----
Depth-50.8 mm (2.0 in)-122 mm (4.8 in)----
Weight-.4 kg (0.9 lbs)-.102 kg (0.2 lbs)----