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Has anyone tried this configuration with either the HP SAS Expander or the Chenbro one?
Edited by parityboy - 8/7/11 at 12:18pm
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It should work since everything should be following the SAS protocol specifications... but then again, "should" is the key word.
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hehe, famous last words. Yeah I think I'll see if I can catch one cheap on eBay, and give it a whirl.
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Last I heard the Chenbro expanders had a fair amount of compatibility problems, then Chenbro discontinued them (so they probably won't get any further updates). Might not be a good buy for this reason.

But then again, they may have fixed the problem, or even released a whole new expander line - not looked into them for a while. Which would mean I'm talking crap...
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I believe a couple people on [H] have bought Chenbros (not necessarily brand new) recently and seem to have success with them, I think they are using them with Areca RAID cards; I'll read through the thread again to be sure.

The one you may be referring to could be this one. I think the more recent one is this one.

Most people seem to be using the HP one though, version 1.52 onwards. I think I'll look out for one of those. The nice thing about the Chenbros though is that they are powered with Molex connectors; the HP can have issues powering up on certain boards, especially "domestic" (i.e not Tyan or Supermicro) boards.
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Both those Chenbro boards are from the same range, and will almost certainly share the same issues.

I'd definitely look for the HP board (but as you said, get the latest PCB revision).
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I did a little more digging; the recent Chenbro is in fact this one. Looks like an upgrade from the original 36 port model I linked earlier.

I assume the issues would have been ironed out on this model, although you never know...
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that board I know nothing about I'm afraid - could be amazing, could be terrible.

Buy one and let us know...

Any prices?
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Not widely available, by all accounts. Seems to be going for $300-320, and on permanent back order
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