Looking for a suitable PCIe RAID controller for workstation.
Hello, after a long hiatus of not being able to save up for components to expand my large all in one gaming/workstation due to other financial commitments, I'm finally in a position where I can start to save up for components again. The next phase of the expansion will be the addition of more hard drives that may or may not be set up into a RAID array, but I want to get a controller that will support that functionality, if it becomes advisable to do so. It has come to my attention that some of the controller cards out there do not have sufficient cooling on their own, just with the provided heatsink, and that they require a high air-flow environment typical of a server case. I need a SATA or SAS controller capable of handling eight drives, and be capable of handling it's own cooling needs.
My questions to you are:
1. Are there any controller cards out there with or without a cooling fan on them capable of meeting my needs?
2. If there are, what would be suggested for the capacity I need?
The intention of this card will be to expand on the available ports on the computer's motherboard, which is currently at 100% capacity. The card will be providing the means for data transfer between high capacity drives (10+ TB each). I am at this time undecided if the drives in question will be SATA or SAS, but the results I have found on newegg suggests that the only PCIe 3.0 cards capable of RAID, and can also connect to SATA drives, use SAS connectors on the cards themselves.
Edit: As the reason for considering RAID at all is redundancy, I will be setting up either multiple RAID 1 arrays, or RAID 10.
Last edited by Elanachan; 07-19-2018 at 11:58 AM.