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IBM ServeRAID M5014 which has an LSI SAS 2108 chipset. RAID 0, 1, 10, 5 and 50 but no RAID 6 and RAID 60
Has battery backup unit and also 256MB of cache, which means it is essentially an LSI 9260-8i with half the cache.
Costs around $140-180 on fleabay

M5015 is even better with 512MB cache but goes for ~$250
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Originally Posted by zer0sum View Post

IBM ServeRAID M5014 which has an LSI SAS 2108 chipset. RAID 0, 1, 10, 5 and 50 but no RAID 6 and RAID 60
Has battery backup unit and also 256MB of cache, which means it is essentially an LSI 9260-8i with half the cache.
Costs around $140-180 on fleabay

M5015 is even better with 512MB cache but goes for ~$250

Keep in mind that the 9260-8i can do Raid 6 and 60, so that and double the RAM is the difference between the 9260/9261 and the ServeRAID M5014. The ability to do a RAID 6 or 60 is the only difference between the LSI 9260/9261 and the ServeRAID M5015. So if no RAID 6 or 60 is desired, you can probably get the M5015 cheaper.

I personally still prefer the LSI cards, myself.
post #13 of 15
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too late to buy used- put it together last night and I'm going to try and get it running before next week

only drawback so far is the limit of 4 drives, but I'm only short one drive. I didn't have time to check firmware, but I did get the drivers installed in windows.....not sure if that's the correct procedure, will look into it more tonight
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If you really don't want to go with a "used" card, I'd say that the 9260-8i would be my choice for the price (although I really want a 9271).
   
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post #15 of 15
IBM M5015 or M5014 would do it. They are the big brothers of the M1015 and support RAID 5 out of the box (for M1015 you need a key to enable it) and they have cache (256 and 512MB). They are very fast and well priced (on ebay of course). They require a BBU if you want to use write back cache though... gotcha!
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