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.
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.