M1015 or 9201-8i - still recommended?

fleggett

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I'm thinking about completely redoing my current Norco 4220 with a 4224. I've never really liked the 4220 and it looks like Norco fixed several issues related with the older design.

I'm currently using two Supermicro AOC-SASLP-MV8 cards, which are JBOD only. I'm not going to be fiddling with RAID, so JBOD is fine. However, I understand the Supermicro doesn't really stack up to M1015 or 9201-8i based cards.

Is the M1015 or 9201-8i still the preferred JBOD card for SAS <-> SAS connectivity with the 4224? I understand they need to be flashed to IT mode.

Also, what would be recommended if populating the Norco with all 24 drives? Multiple M1015/9201-8i cards or combined with expanders?

Thanks in advance!
 

Jim G

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Sure, as far as I'm aware there's not anything that's significantly better available in that price range. They perform really well, don't use much power and aren't super expensive. I always liked three SAS2008 cards in a 4224 to keep things simple.
 

fleggett

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brutalizer, I'll be using plain Jane Windows 8 Pro hooked directly to the TV. Nothing fancy.

Jim G, thanks for the feedback. What's the advantage of using expanders versus just using more of the same card?
 

Jim G

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Less consumption of PCI-E slots - if you need them for other cards and only had one free, for argument's sake, you wouldn't have much choice.
 
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