keyb user wrote:
> I am asking for an exact Brand and model for a PCI-express card that
> must be Linux compatible and not expensive.
> Not expensive as in the likes of those RAID controllers from 3Ware, LSI
> etc … (200+)
There are plenty of them in the market but their availability depends on
your country and your needs. The only you have to be aware of is about the
real chipset the card is using.
> I want to make a Software RAID, I do not need it to be Hardware-based.
Software raid doesn’t need an independent controller, you can go with the
motherboard sata ports (if any).
> I checked the link before, but googling around proves that some cards,
> although compatible, will have some issues.
> That is why I ask for a model that is truly plug and play in what
> concerns OpenSuSE 11.1.
> For example I have a PC with an on-board controller AHCI form Intel.
> No problems there.
> What brand and model does have a PCI express SATA II 4 port Intel AHCI
> controller in the market ?
AHCI has nothing to do here. If you want a PCI-e SATA card, you will use the
card ports, not the board’s ones.
> Or any other for that matter …
> Because it is easy to find the driver compatibility … ‘Serial ATA
> (SATA) on Linux’ (http://linuxmafia.com/faq/Hardware/sata.html)
> But sites that describe the PCI-express cards (online stores) do not
> show the internal chipset they have … some have a vague reference as
> in “Linux compatible” …
Once you got a model you like (by prize and specs) then you have to perform
a bit of digging about the chipset…
> I could find for example a cheap HighPoint - PCI-Xpress SerialATA2
> HighPoint 2300 RAID
> But even that is around 150euros … too expensive.
> Is there something in the order of 100 Euros / 100 US$ that can be used
> as a SATA II 4 port pci-express card with zero issues on OpenSuSE?
What I do is going to NewEgg’s site (or any other megastore you know) to
find a brand and model (using filters) that fit my requirements. Then go to
the manufacturer’s site to check the chipset of the card and then look for
the status in the kernel of the driver
Hope someone can tell you a more specific info.