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SUPERMICRO AOC-SASLP-MV8 PCI-Express x4 Low Profile SAS RAID Controller

  • 2 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS Internal Connectors
  • Up to 3Gb/s
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Supermicro's SASLP-MV8 controller (based on the Marvell 6480 host controller) provides 8-port SAS/SATA HDD support via PCI-E by 4 bus interface with high-performance features. Serving as a 3rd generation SAS/SATA storage card, the AOC-SASLP-MV8 offers double the data transfer rate of its 1st generation counterpart and offers functionalities for server, workstation and network storage environments in a low-profile PCI platform.


Learn more about the SuperMicro AOC-SASLP-MV8

Model

Brand
SUPERMICRO
Model
AOC-SASLP-MV8
Form Factor
Low Profile

Specifications

Type
SAS
Internal Connectors
2 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS
Interface
PCI-Express x4
Transfer Rate
Up to 3Gb/s
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 2003, 2008 and Vista
RedHat Enterprise Linux
Fedora Linux 9
SuSE Linux Enterprise

Features

Features
Software RAID suported

Affordable, easy-install, eight-port SAS/SATA Card

Storage arrays for Network Attached Storage (NAS) and Nearline Backup

Up to 8 SAS/SATA disk drives, activity LED indicated for each drive (LED cables not included)

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
3 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


Customer Reviews of the SuperMicro AOC-SASLP-MV8

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  • Jones
  • 5/8/2014 8:38:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card for JBODs and software raid

Pros: Been running this for over 2 years without any issues. Great for when you need JBOD or software raid, handles SAS and SATA drives

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Consider this an upgrade to the AOC-SAT2-MV8, which only allows SATA.

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  • N/A
  • 11/2/2013 9:08:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsFlawed product

Pros: The speed of the drives that work is basically the same as using the onboard controller. No apparent slowdown when accessing multiple drives simultaneously. Low price for what you (should) get. Low form-factor is nice.

Cons: The most important flaw is the installation of this unit. To make it work, you have to manually find the correct device in device manager and manually install the correct drivers from a CD (!). You're basically on your own to figure out which driver is the right one since the documentation is atrocious. No easy plug&play or decent installer to be had here. Basically you absolutely NEED to have decent knowledge on computers to get this to work. If you do, ok, you can get it to work, as I did. But it doesn't end here. It took me a while, and a lot of drive/cable swapping to figure that the 3rd port of this unit was somehow defective. While this specific drive gets recognized in the BIOS, it is nowhere to be found in disk management... I guess it could be a defective unit, but don't necessarily expect to have all 8 drives work from the get go. It would have been nice to have a couple SAS cables included too, just make sure to buy them along.

Other Thoughts: I wish I could recommend this product, but I can't. The terrible documentation, difficulty of installation and bugs that prevent from using all 8 drives are just too much. It appears to be a good bargain for the price, but I suppose you get what you pay for : decidedly NOT a commercial grade product.

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  • NotMine
  • 7/14/2013 10:58:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks In Linux

Pros: Separate drive status and activity micro LEDs on the edge of the card. Easily visible inside PC case.

No jumpers on card to worry about.

Box contained low-profile and standard size case mounting brackets. Very easy to change and an extra pair of "bracket-to-card" mounting screws is provided.

Solid SAS mounting connectors. Cables plugged in felt like they were held firmly in the sockets.

Cons: No header for remote LED connections. have to open PC case to observe LEDs.

card is "long" for the number of discrete devices mounted on it, but should not be a factor in standard PC cases.

Other Thoughts: I used these SAS-to-SATA cables with this card: Newegg item N82E16812200884

I installed this card in a PC running Ubuntu Linux 13.04 with Ubuntu kernel 3.8.0-26 (ehich maps to Linux mainline kernel version 3.8.13.2). No driver loading was needed; the card was automatically detected by the OS and the proper kernel modules were loaded.

Older Marvell 88SE6480 chipset limits use to PCIe x4 slot, but hard drive throughput testing under Linux (using 'hdparm') shows buffered disk reads between 115 and 130 megabytes per second using 750GB Western Digital Black 2.5 inch laptop drives with 8 drives connected to the card, and that is fine for my needs. Aggregate throughput of the Linux 'mdadm' RAID 5 array built on this card using all 8 drives shows buffered disk read speeds of 585 megabytes per second.

Did not test this card under Windows or using 2, 3, or 4TB drives.

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  • rtoupal
  • 3/9/2013 9:57:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsSlow Performance

Pros: None really other than it appears to work with 6 drives. Software drivers not easily found and installed. Also, complicated manual and many modes and firmware options.

Cons: Performance sucks! I purchased the card for its 6Gbps interfaces. However, in Raid 10 mode, the read performance is 250MBps, instead of 1GBps. I did not realize that this is not a real RAID card, allowing double performance associated with striping. The card is deceptively advertised, listed under Raid cards. Apparently RAID 10 reduced overall performance.

Other Thoughts: Don't buy for performance, only data security (if that)

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  • Andy
  • 3/4/2013 6:22:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks well

Pros: Have two in a server.
Works flawlessly with Unraid. Controls 13 *2Tb drives.
Came with newest firmware.
Sped up the parity rebuild rate.

Cons: Dont know about Windows compatability, but apparently it works.

Other Thoughts: Might see if I can squeeze in another card :)

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  • foo-bar
  • 2/9/2013 11:21:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsWorks - Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Pros: Works with Windows Server 2012 Essentials. REQUIRES v4.x driver (see review below for link to where you can get it - or email SuperMicro support). Supports 3TB drives with the new driver - firmware upgrade NOT required.

Cons: Somewhat annoying to have to search to find a driver. *shrug* not hard though.

Other Thoughts: Make sure if you're breaking out to single SATA connectors, you buy a forward breakout cable, and not a reverse breakout cable -- matters.

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  • seean54
  • 1/26/2013 2:08:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsworking now

Pros: When it works, it works. 3TB drives - Yes, WHS2011 - Yes, 90+ MBps - Yes.

Cons: The current drivers were hard to find. And it doesn't work with 3TB drives without them. And this is why the 4 stars and not 5. Search on AVSforum, Renethx has a post with the working drivers. It came from supermicro, but it was in an e-mail. To see the posts go to avsforum, and add this extension: /t/1324649/3tb-drives-and-supermicro-aoc-saslp-mv8

Other Thoughts: You need to get a new driver to support 3TB drives. I couldn't find it on the supermicro website, which is why I told you about the avsforum post. But once you get it working, it seems to be fine.

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  • N/A
  • 1/12/2013 7:29:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDon't purchase this card

Pros: Not enough to warrant purchasing.

Cons: This card consistently crashes under light load. I was copying data from one hard drive to another and it managed to crash and burn. I haven't tested this card on anything other than linux, but there are many reports of this happening around the internet.

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  • Rik
  • 12/7/2012 7:29:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsBad choice for Linux

Pros: This is a very inexpensive 8-port SATA card with (mostly working) Linux. I've run them for years in Linux file servers using patches from LKLM, but no stock kernel driver works under load. I've emailed the Marvell driver engineer and begged him to get the patches into shape for merging with upstream, but this hasn't happened during the past 2-3 years, and I'm swtiching to LSI.

Cons: Linux drivers *appear* to work, but under load they can *time out*. This can introduce *silent* data corruption (e.g., one bit error in a 1GB file -- enough to change the md5 hash, but not enough to be noticed by many applications).

Other Thoughts: I really had a lot of hope for this card under Linux, but have finally given up. The low-end LSI card is more than twice the cost, but it performs substantially better without annoying timeouts (or, with an unpatched kernel, data loss).

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  • Solstis
  • 11/12/2012 4:59:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNo ESXI Support

Pros: Took a chance and bought this card thinking it would work with ESXI even though there is another review stating this doesn't. I read some workarounds on Google and figure I could get it to work, but no luck.

Cons: Doesn't work with ESXI 5.1 or below.

Other Thoughts: Can't really judge the card as it seems like a great card, but haven't used it for anything but trying for ESXI. The desktop board I'm using sees it fine and hasn't given any issues for a pass-through and can even boot to CD with it. This is using a Marvel chipset.

Going to purchase the AOC-USAS2-L8i since I've read in some forums that is does work with ESXI 5.1 and it has an LSI chipset.

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