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JBOD Internal SATA 6 GB/s SATA Card Recommendation

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The more I read the more confused I become.

Briefly, I'm looking for a SATA expansion card 4+ ports - internal; x16 PCIe; 6 GB/s; for a file server/backup storage

I will be using Windows Server 2012 with Western Digital Green - Total of 18 TB (all 3 TB drives).

Do NOT need RAID, only JBOD with no mirroring.

Now here's the confusion:

1) I contacted LSI and they recommended for my needs LSI SAS 9211-4i HBA http://www.lsi.com/channel/products/storagecomponents/Pages/LSISAS9211-4i.aspx

2) Looking at Syba, the tech recommended the following:
Quote:
SY-PEX40008 - http://www.sybausa.com/productInfo.php?iid=537
SY-PEX40016 - http://www.sybausa.com/productInfo.php?iid=557
SD-PEX40054 -http://www.sybausa.com/productInfo.php?iid=1304
SI-PEX40057 - http://www.sybausa.com/productInfo.php?iid=1371
SI-PEX40062 - http://www.sybausa.com/productInfo.php?iid=1373
SI-PEX40064 - http://www.sybausa.com/productInfo.php?iid=1376

Please note that the cards might not support Windows Server 2012 as the drivers currently only supports until Windows Server 2008.

3) I read lots of reviews, primarily on NewEgg and Amazon. What confuses me is:

A) Even the cheapest Syba cards advertize 6 GB/s in each direction.

B) There is a lot of exaggeration as to what these cards can actually do.

C) I do not understand how a cheap Syba card can offer the same performance as an expensive LSI card.

D) No matter the card, no matter the maker, no matter the price - They all get lots of negative reviews.

Btw, I own two of Syba PCI Express SATA II 4 x Ports RAID Controller Card SY-PEX40008; and they have never given me any problems. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002R0DZWQ/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Note: This Syba card gets dissed pretty badly, primarily because of RAID issues. No interest in or need for RAID. Also, it's SATA II, not SATA III.

Anyone know more about this than I do?
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You only real need is 4x SATA 3Gb/s ports on card that works in W8... nothing else really matters for your needs.

Your drives won't break 200MB/s each.... and you won't be pulling data from all of them simultaneously so need for a wide PCie interface.

LSI are enterprise cards. They validate more and offer MUCH better support.
Edited by DuckieHo - 6/27/13 at 7:56pm
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So you think they are overkill, eh? Thanks, I just cancelled the order, so you saved me some real money.

What do you think about:

http://www.amazon.com/IO-Crest-HyperDuo-Brackets-SI-PEX40057/dp/B00AZ9T264/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

http://www.sybausa.com/productInfo.php?iid=1371

I have a number of the Syba cards - not a problem yet.

Do you think this card will be compatible with Windows Server 2012? I know the Lsi Card is - But way too expensive.
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How about something like this as a possible solution.http://www.synology.com/products/spec.php?product_name=DS1813%2B&lang=enu#p_submenu
Benefit being if you need more space you can hang 2 expansion units of it as well.
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