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Old March 22, 2013, 10:29 AM
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Hi Everyone, it's been quite a while since I've posted here! I hope everyone is as wonderful as I remember

On to business: I am looking into bulding a custom file server, rather than a NAS. I will be storing TV shows, movies, music, computer backups, etc. For hard drives I'm thinking of starting with 4 WD Reds (2TB or 3TB), but would like the option to add more drives in the future. Albeit I am not sure what OS I will run, probably Ubuntu Server or WHS / SBS 2012 I will be building this out of a combination of parts from my current server and new parts.

My question is what RAID cards should I be looking in to?
My requirements are: 8 SATA Ports, SATA III, RAID 5 support, and under $400-500

Any help is greatly appreciated! :)
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Old March 22, 2013, 11:54 AM
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I'd check the BST threads ... especially this one: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...aid-cards.html
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Old March 22, 2013, 11:57 AM
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LSI MegaRAID 9260-8i or its equivalent should be pretty good.
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You can find a lot of them on eBay at relatively good price.
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Lots of cards to choose from and its hard to find good benchmarks/reviews. I am mostly familiar with LSI, so for your budget and usage I would suggest either a 9240-8i or a 9260-8i. Do check out ebay as there are lots of Dell/HP etc. cards that are actually rebranded LSI, 3ware or areca cards.


The 9240 is around $340, but it has no cache and it offloads the parity calculations to the cpu.

The 9260 is around $550, but it does the parity calculations onboard, has a 512MB cache, has raid 6 and has a few extra features. With this card you will want to run a ups and/or an internal battery back up unit. This is because anything stored in the cache will be lost if the pc loses power.

Basically, for raid 1 there is no difference. For raid 0,5 etc. the 9260 will be faster. Any way you look at it the 9260 is a better card, but if cash is a concern and if you are only using red or green drives in raid 1 or 5, then the 9240 should do you just fine. However, if you ever plan to use it for a big raid0 array, or for SSDs in anything other than raid1 definitely spend the extra on a 9260.

Both cards have staggered spin up, hot plug etc. Whatever card you get, make sure you flash to the newest firmware before you start using it.
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I'm running a Raid 6 with 7+1 1Tb Reds using a 3Ware 9650SE-8LPML. And if I had to choose again, I'd reconsider the QNAP NAS (TS-469 II PRO) very hard before choosing to build a dedicated server. Dual NICs, 4 drives in Raid 5, great WebGui, easy to setup, very small form factor and cheap...
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The RAID cards offered in that BST thread should do the job just fine, they are LSI products at the base, you can recognize the design right away, they have the RAID5 capability. As for HDDs you need to look for drives designed for 24/7 operation, the WD REDS or the AV-GP should work just fine, but looking on the newegg.ca reviews I would stay with the 2TB models, the 3TB ones seem to be shoot and miss.
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I'm running a Raid 6 with 7+1 1Tb Reds using a 3Ware 9650SE-8LPML. And if I had to choose again, I'd reconsider the QNAP NAS (TS-469 II PRO) very hard before choosing to build a dedicated server. Dual NICs, 4 drives in Raid 5, great WebGui, easy to setup, very small form factor and cheap...
Yup, I quite like my TS-469L and actually moved my file server into it instead. Far less to worry about and just sits there doing it's thing silently.

My file server became my Hyper-V lab setup instead.
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Lots of cards to choose from and its hard to find good benchmarks/reviews. I am mostly familiar with LSI, so for your budget and usage I would suggest either a 9240-8i or a 9260-8i. Do check out ebay as there are lots of Dell/HP etc. cards that are actually rebranded LSI, 3ware or areca cards.


The 9240 is around $340, but it has no cache and it offloads the parity calculations to the cpu.

The 9260 is around $550, but it does the parity calculations onboard, has a 512MB cache, has raid 6 and has a few extra features. With this card you will want to run a ups and/or an internal battery back up unit. This is because anything stored in the cache will be lost if the pc loses power.

Basically, for raid 1 there is no difference. For raid 0,5 etc. the 9260 will be faster. Any way you look at it the 9260 is a better card, but if cash is a concern and if you are only using red or green drives in raid 1 or 5, then the 9240 should do you just fine. However, if you ever plan to use it for a big raid0 array, or for SSDs in anything other than raid1 definitely spend the extra on a 9260.

Both cards have staggered spin up, hot plug etc. Whatever card you get, make sure you flash to the newest firmware before you start using it.
there is a quote on newegg reviews for the 9260-4i that says this controller will not work with 1155 chipset. Is this true?

"To all of You that are having Problems getting this Card Work, You MUST use a LGA 1156 Board for this Card and the Intel Card also for NO Problems it will work Fine.
PS. it will not work on any LGA 1155 Board"
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there is a quote on newegg reviews for the 9260-4i that says this controller will not work with 1155 chipset. Is this true?

"To all of You that are having Problems getting this Card Work, You MUST use a LGA 1156 Board for this Card and the Intel Card also for NO Problems it will work Fine.
PS. it will not work on any LGA 1155 Board"
Depends on the board. A lot of people have issues w/ LSI controllers on Gigabyte boards including me.
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well the reason I ask is I was thinking about a server build with this motherboard which is 1155 and a Xeon E3-1245 v2 chip and possibly using the above mentioned LSI RAID card.
any issues that you know of? Or anyone else?
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