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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.

 SYBA SATA/eSATA II (3.0Gb/s) PCI-Express cardSilverstone USB 3.0 PCI-Express cardLSI 9361-4i SAS/SATA RAID ControllerLSI 9300-8i SAS/SATA HBA ControllerElgato HD60 Pro HDMI PCI-E Capture CardLSI 9305-24i 24 port HBA controllerBlackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 4K 6G-SDIBlackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Monitor 4KSIIG 3-port FireWire 800 PCIe (XIO2213)LSI 9305-16i 16 port HBA controllerStarTech 2 Port Type A&C USB 3.1 10Gbit/s CardM.2 to 19-pin USB 3.0 AdapterHighPoint SSD7120 Quad U.2 RAID Card
Card Specifications
ManufacturerSYBA Silverstone LSI LSI Elgato LSI LSI StarTech
Type of PortsSATA 3Gbps USB 3.0 Mini-SAS SFF8643 Mini-SAS SFF8643 Mini-SAS SFF8643 Mini-SAS SFF8643
Number of Ports3 3 1 2 2 6 4 2
Port Location(s)1 internal, 1 external 2 external ports, 1 internal header Internal Internal Internal Internal External
Slot StylePCI-Express x1 PCI-Express x1 PCI-Express x8 PCI-Express x8 PCI-Express x1 PCI-Express x8 PCI-Express x8 PCI-Express x4
Form FactorFull Height Low/Full Height Low/Full Height Low/Full Height Low/Full Height Low/Full Height Low/Full Height Low/Full Height
RAID Modes Supported0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, and 60
Native Supported Disks4 8 24 16
Maximum Supported Disks128 1024 1024 1024
Battery Backup Available?Yes Yes
Controller Chip
BrandSil NEC LSI LSI LSI LSI Asmedia
Model3132 uPD720201 LSISAS3108 dual core RAID on Chip (ROC) SAS3008 SAS3224 SAS3224 ASM2142
Memory Amount1024 MB
Memory Expandable?No
Dimensions
Height56 mm (2.2 in)177.8 mm (7.0 in)
Width14 mm (0.6 in)152.4 mm (6.0 in)
Depth122 mm (4.8 in)50.8 mm (2.0 in)
Weight.102 kg (0.2 lbs).4 kg (0.9 lbs)