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 3.1 Gen 2 10Gbit/s CardStarTech Type C USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 20Gbit/s CardAsus HYPER M.2 X16 Gen 4 CardVantec 4-port 5Gbps USB 3.0 CardBlackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Monitor 4KElgato 4K60 Pro MK.2 HDMI PCI-E Capture CardElgato Cam Link Pro Multi Camera PCI-E Capture CardLSI 9361-8i SAS/SATA RAID ControllerBlackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 4K 6G-SDIHighPoint SSD7505 Gen4 M.2 CardNvidia Quadro Sync II KitBlackmagic Design DeckLink 8K Pro Capture CardAJA KONA 5 Professional I/O Card
Card Specifications
ManufacturerSilverstoneStartechStartech VantecBlackmagicElgatoElgatoLSIBlackmagicHighpoint Blackmagic 
Type of PortsUSB 3.0USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbit/s)USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20Gbit/s) USB 3.0   Mini-SAS SFF8643     
Number of Ports321 42242     
Port Location(s)2 external ports, 1 internal headerExternalExternal Rear ExternalExternalInternal N/A   
RAID Modes Supported        0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, and 60 Single, 0, 1, 10   
Native Supported Disks        8     
Maximum Supported Disks        128 4   
Battery Backup Available?        Yes No   
Slot StylePCI-Express x1PCI-Express x4PCI-Express x4 PCI-Express x4PCI-Express x4PCI-Express x4PCI-Express x4PCI-Express x8PCI-Express x4PCI-Express x16 PCI-Express x8 
Form FactorLow/Full HeightLow/Full HeightLow/Full Height Low/Full HeightLow/Full HeightLow/Full HeightFull HeightLow/Full HeightFull HeightFull Height Full Height 
Controller Chip
BrandNECAsmediaAsmedia     LSI Highpoint   
ModeluPD720201ASM3142ASM3242     LSISAS3108 dual core RAID on Chip (ROC) 7500 series   
Memory Amount        1024 MB     
Memory Expandable?        No     
Height      56 mm56 mm  112 mm111 mm  
Width      14 mm14 mm  195 mm19 mm  
Depth      122 mm122 mm  21 mm152 mm  
Net Weight0.175 kg0.175 kg0.175 kg 0.075 kg0.291 kg0.102 kg0.146 kg0.331 kg0.331 kg.60 kg0.341 kg0.331 kg