Advice on PCIe SAS/SATA HBA Expansion card

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  1. ryan-74

    ryan-74 New Member

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    Hello

    I would like some advice on a PCIe SAS HBA Expansion card, I'm not sure which make/ model to look for...
    I am looking for solution to add at least 4x/8x SATA Ports/ Drives for expansion.
    I use StableBit DrivePool, to combine 5x WD RED 3TB drives, I would like to add a SSD (doesn"t have to be on SAS card) Cache drive for DrivePool, HDD's for SnapRAID parity and HDD's for future expansion.
    I also need something that can be transferred to another system when I upgrade end of the year, something latest gen compatibility as I do not tend to upgrade frequently.

    I currently have the following setup:
    CPU: Core i5 750
    GPU: GeForce GTX 1070 - PCIe 2.0 x16_1 slot (blue, single at x16 or dual at x8 link)
    MB: ASUS P7P55D-E PRO (6x Intel SATA II ports, 2x MARVELL SATA III Ports, 1x JMicron SATA II port)
    MB Available PCIe Expansion slots: 1x PCIe 2.0 x16_2 (gray, at x8 link), 2 x PCIe 2.0 x 1 (5GT/s, blue slots) , 1 x PCIe 2.0 x 1 (2.5GT/s,gray slot) , 2 x PCI
    RAM: 8GB Corsair
    Disk 1: SAMSUNG SSD 860 EVO 250GB on Intel SATA port - Windows 10 OS
    Disk 2: WD Black 1TB on MARVELL SATA port - Plex Data, Steam, frequently changing data, etc...
    Disk 2-6: WD RED 3TB on Intel SATA ports - Storage - Plex Media, data does not change frequently, etc...

    Thanks
     
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    are you talking about sas expanders? or about hba cards?

    sas expanders ==>> mostly sff-8087 or sff-8643 ports. so no sata poorts.
    my favourite sas expanders chenbro ck22603, or intel sas expanders.
    hp sas expander is limited to 3gbps for sata hdd

    hba cards ==>> lsi 9201 or 9211 (6gbps), or newer 9300 or 9400 serie (12gbps), configurable only as hba mode
    adaptec 7 serie or 8 serie (configurable into hba or raid mode)

    for snapraid doesn't matter which brand (adaptec or lsi) as long as it is in hba mode.
    plz, no hardware raid with snapraid
     
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    @ari2asem
    I am talking about HBA cards.
    I want to use SATA HDD's, WD RED Drives, I'm not looking for performance, just storage space...
    If I get a HBA card like 9211 or 9400, do I need to get SAS to SATA cables to connect the HDD's? or do these cards have actual SATA ports that I can use with regular SATA cables?
     
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    you need sas -->> sata cables.
    Lsi 9400-serie is expensive. if you find one for price 150 euro, it is nice price.

    Lsi 9200-serie is cheaper, around 50-70 euro.

    as far as i know, there are NO cards with sata-ports and pci-e connection. sata cards are mostly pci or pci-x (old generation card, sas 1)
     
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    @ari2asem
    Thank you very much for your advice.
    Item 1 is a bit too pricey.
    Item 2 and 3 are okay, I will have to check if the seller can ship to South Africa.
    Can you advise which type of cables to get?
    Thanks
     
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    about the cables....each cable sas sff-8087 -->> sata with price around 10 euro is OK.
    dont use cheap cable because of quality. being cheap is mostly being bad quality.

    for hba-cards you can also search for dell h200
     
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    Okay, cool. Really appreciate it. :)
     
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