I am trying to find a good controller that could work in my dual-boot Windows 8.1 / Ubuntu 13.10 System.
It ideally has 8 SATA ports, and works on a pcie x8 slot. I have found the following: LSI 9211-8i LSI 9260-8i
But I'm not sure if either of these choices are the right way to go!
For background, I have an ASUS Rampage IV Extreme mobo, and am looking to put in 8x3TB or 8x4TB. all current SATA ports are full
Any advice or solutions would be greatly appreciated!
IBM M1015 flashed to IT mode for just 8 sata ports. $100 on auction sites. You'll need sata breakout cables.
Supermicro AOC-SASLP-MV8 and SAS2LP-MV8 are about $100 new but does not support raid and the latest firmware supports large drives
Their AOC-USAS2-L8i ($140 new) supports raid0/1 well (dont waste your time trying to run raid5 or 6) is an LSI card but is meant for a server so to use it in a standard pc you will need to change the bracket (not included) or modify the existing one to work on a pc. This can also be flashed to IT mode for just sata ports.
Edit - please do your research, some card do not work well if there are other controllers on your motherbd, like marvell, asmedia, jmicron...