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Hey guys, im looking for a/some decent raid controller(s) to control a total of 16 hdds and 1 ssd. My current build is dying out (raids starting to die, CPU is burning out, blowing caps on mobo, etc.) I am going to be using an Asus z97 Sabertooth MK1, so i'll have 7 of the drives on that (6 hdds and the ssd) and the rest on the add-in controller. Purpose of the build is achieving high clock speeds, gaming at 100fps+ and hosting massive amounts of media (its a hybrid, hence why i want 24tb total.) There is one big thing though. Through looking at newegg, it would seem there are no decent SATA controllers out there... The ones ive looked at are almost all SAS, and i do not want to have to get a SAS backplane as i am almost 1000% sure that i would have an extremely hard time fitting that into the case, seeing as how its a 935 Stacker loaded to the brim with extra HDD cages (set in a manner where adding backplanes would be a huge PITA.)

thanks for any assistance.

And, just for reference, this is what the build will look like: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/blackmagic12345/saved/RLy8TW

>EDIT: i was browsing newegg some more, and came across this: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816118236&cm_re=PCIE_3.0_Raid_sata-_-16-118-236-_-Product. Looking at that, it would seem i wouldnt need a backplane but just a few SATA fanouts... The only issue is im perusing the owners manual right now and it would seem physically impossible to connect more than 8 drives despite the product boasting a max of 32 SATA3 devices...
Edited by blackmagic12345 - 10/20/14 at 7:19pm
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post #2 of 5
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OK thread is useless now, found one that has everything i need, probably some more as well. Also its 1300$ mad.gif

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816103252
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I like my Areca ARC-1261 2gb smile.gif
 
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Have to say, not a bad card at all. Only issue is it would only support up to raid6, whereas i need raid10 frown.gif
I checked out some of their current stuff earlier as well, i was about to stick one on there when i realized that they only seem to produce pcie 2.0 cards, not that it really matters though
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The Areca 1882xi-series is phenomenal, can be bought with up to 24+4 drive capacity before needing expanders, supports up to 4G DDR3, and is blazing fast. FBU/BBU is supported and I don't recommend ANY array with it really but 24TB? Heck no...
   
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