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Re: Supermicro SAS controller

On 5/1/2012 6:53 AM, Ramon Hofer wrote:
> Hi all
> I'm using Debian Squeeze and would like to use a Supermicro AOC-SASLP-MV8 
> as controller for a software raid.

The mvsas Linux driver has never been ready for production, unless
things have dramatically changed very recently.  The AOC-SASLP-MV8 will
work fine on a MS Windows machine, but you will continue to suffer many
nightmares with Linux.  Google for the mvsas horror stories.

> What else can I do?

Ebay that card and acquire one that will simply work:
This LSI card supports 6Gb SAS/SATA3 and 3TB+ drives.

If you have x4 PCIe slots but not x8/x16, then get the Intel card:

People buy this SM card because it's the cheapest thing on the planet
with 2xSFF8087 ports (without first looking up its reputation).  If the
dual SFF8087 cards above are beyond your budget, go with 2 Silicon Image
based 4 port cards with plain SATA connectors:

If you don't have a backplane with SFF8087 connectors, simply use 4
regular SATA cables with the SiI cards.  If you do have a backplane, buy
2 new 4 port SATA to SFF8087 2ft reverse breakout cables:

The LSI card is $239, will give far superior performance, and will work
with your current cables.  The 2xSiI cards is $120, $154 w/cables.
Either have great Linux compatibility.


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