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Hi all,

I want to install flexraid onto a computer so that I can build a server. Unfortunately, the motherboard does not have enough SATA ports. The motherboard has 2 available PCI-E slots (PCI-E 2.0 x 16 and PCI-E 3.0 x 16) which are not being used. For expansion purposes, I would like a card that can add 4x SATA devices. Since this will be just a home media server, speed/throughput should not be an issue. The OS is W8 Pro 64.

My concern is that I'm not sure I understand necessary capabilities that seem to be built into certain cards such as pooling and raid. Since I will be using flexraid, I guess I need the card to simply present the drives to the OS as if they were plugged into the motherboard itself. In other words, I don't want the card to do anything fancy that can't be turned off - just give me 4 more ports. Flexraid will give me pooling and parity.

I was thinking about http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=16-115-114&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=2#scrollFullInfo

What do you guys think? Any better options?

Bob
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Everyone seems to like it. The only thing you have to be careful of is that some motherboards (all Intel afaik) turn OFF the onboard video if a card is put into the main PCIe 16 slot as it thinks you just installed a video card. It does this even if the card is NOT a video card. So to be sure, use one of the X16 slots you have that is the furthest away from the CPU.
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The only thing you have to be careful of is that some motherboards (all Intel afaik) turn OFF the onboard video if a card is put into the main PCIe 16 slot

This is true only up to G41/G43/G45 chipset. All Intel 5/6/7-Series chipset mb (whatever brand) support both iGPU and an expansion card (video or not) in the PCIe x16 slot.
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Thanks guys,

The mobo is an Asrock Pro4 with H77, so even if PCI-E 2x16 was a potential issue, it's not. Newegg just gave me a coupon for this card so I'll snap it up.

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I run a Rocket Raid 620 (two port) with a GT 430 without issue in my GA H55M USB3 MoBo.

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