This does a lovely job, is easy to fit and sticks really well with the adesive whats pre applied and its cheap : http://www.akasa.co.uk/akasa_english...pec_ak_210.htm
Just use the latest Dell Firmware for the card and the LSI MegaRAID manager, works perfectly.
I tried for hours to find stable LSI firmware, 51 was stable but no better than latest DELL firmware, later LSI firmware performed better but had warm boot issues.
In the end I went back to DELL firmware and drivers. I don't think its always safe to use the wrong drivers even with identical hardware, numerous people on here seem to have various issues with the LSI drivers.
The MegaRAID manager works well with DELL drivers and firmware.
My only complaints are that my 4 SAS drives only give around 240MB's max in HD Tune. I don't know if this is a bottleneck or if they are slow drives, not benched one individually. They are this sorta thing :-
Anyone got any ideas ?
According to here (In German):-
It appears max read transfer is 57,36 MB/s ? Is this poor ?
Also the DELL drivers result in a jagged read performance where the later LSI drivers were smooth.
Heres where I got my cable :-
Heres where I got my cooler :-
Clean the old thermal compound off with some alcohol and a ladies cotton face pad !
I have an ASUS P6T Deluxe (X58 chipset), no SMbus conflicts or whatever they are, save your nail varnish for your toes !
Edited by dingo1 - 3/21/09 at 11:51am