I'm looking to add an 8 port SAS (mini) Controller to my NAS for expandability reasons. I want something without RAID so that I can use the drives as JBOD with Drive Bender. I just don't want something that makes the drive proprietary and that I'm not able to yank the drive and another windows machine can see. If that is possible with a RAID card, fine, all the better. I'd like to keep it on the cheaper side, so probably no more than $150 max. I'm willing to EBAY if need be. I just don't know enough about the cards and would like some suggestions!
I have a free 4x PCIe port that I can use. I'm fine if the card is an 8x and has to operate at 4x until I change out motherboards in the future.