It doesn't have to be, but typically the perc cards have excellent performance, and are usually significantly less than "traditional consumer" raid cards, and usually have native windows (and linux) support, where as the LSI cards and others usually require 3rd party drivers of some sort.
I'll look in to your LSI suggestion though, thank you.
Edit: looks like the cheapest LSI 9261-8i with BBU is still $400, may as well get a PERC then. Thanks for the suggestion, though.
Edited by kithylin - 9/11/13 at 1:55pm