Choosing a good PCI-E controller

Hi everyone,

I've been reading for a while but I'm unable to choose a controler! Short Story

I've an Adaptec (dell) Cerc 1.5/6 controler in my machine (Raid 5 3 HD WD 250Gb SATAII 16mo) my board is an ASUS A8N-SLI I use only one PCI-E port for my video card. (Personal usage only)

Of course I run my adaptec on a regular PCI (not so good), but this controler is just #$% slow. I've read some article on it.

But now PCI-E Raid are much more common and much faster. My drives are already slow down due to my 1.5 controler ...

I don't want to spend 500$ for a controler, the other one was bought on ebay for a good price.

LSI LSI00118
3ware 9650SE-4LPML 4 Port
Areca...

Advices someone ?
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  1. A RAID 5 processor based controller is gonna cost you some money. The 3ware controller you listed is a good one.
  2. I know I won't get one for 50$ in fact I think I paid around 250$ for mine couple of years ago !

    I know tomshardware made a good review on the 9650se but some say areca controller are faster...

    What about LSI ebay item 300248445150 example ! It's not expensive but doesn't come the the special cable ... that could be a problem.

    Thanks for your reply
  3. I have not used a areca controller in a long time, so I can not speak for them. My company does not carry them. We do carry 3ware, Adaptec, LSI, and Intel. That LSI card on ebay looks like a good card for $139. I have not used that exact card though so I do not know how fast it is. Thge cablw is not hard to find, its just a 8087 (internal) and should not cost you too much.
  4. That cable would fit and work but you dont have to use that one. That cable is required when using SAS drives without a backplane. You only need a simple 4 connector SATA fan out cable.

    Link
    http://www.adaptec.com/en-US/products/cables/cables/sas/

    Then scroll down to this item
    mSASx4 (SFF-8087) to SATA (4)x1
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