I’ve maxed out my X8SIL-F mobo’s 6 SATA ports. Looking to use one of the PCIE ports to add more capacity and cache to Unraid.
For now, I think I’m good with 3-5 ports. My plan is to move some of the existing drives to the expansion card, free up the mobo ports, then add another data drive and 1-2 SSDs for cache.
Thoughts on https://www.ebay.com/itm/I-O-Crest-4-Port-SATA-III-PCI-e-2-0-x1-Card-Marvell-9215-Non-Raid-SI-PEX40064/264822951198 or https://www.ebay.com/itm/I-O-Crest-4-Port-SATA-III-PCI-e-2-0-x1-Controller-Card-Marvell-9215-Non-Raid/133384599582. They’re both Marvell which I’ve heard is not reliable but 9215 is good.
I’m trying to avoid SAS - don’t wanna mess with the firmware and IT and stuff.