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SmartArray Controllers on Standard PCI Slot

Mario Lerma
Occasional Visitor

SmartArray Controllers on Standard PCI Slot

I want to connect an old Micron Server Netframe 5201 to an MSA500.
This server doesn't have PCI-X Slot.
There's any way to connect it to the array.
If it so.. what model fo SA card you recommend?

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Bostjan Kosi
Trusted Contributor

Re: SmartArray Controllers on Standard PCI Slot

SA controllers are backward compatible, you must have an 3.3V pci slot. If your slots are 5V you will not be able to install it anyway.

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Mario Lerma
Occasional Visitor

Re: SmartArray Controllers on Standard PCI Slot

Thanks for the help.
However i will attach you an pdf with the list specs.
Sorry to ask again.. but are you sure that will work on an standard PCI 3.3v.

Best Regards,
Mario
Bostjan Kosi
Trusted Contributor

Re: SmartArray Controllers on Standard PCI Slot

I was refering to technical specifications found on quickspecs file stating there is PCI compatibility (but only 3.3v slots) I have tried SA controllers in some older systems, but had no problems. Of course I can not guarantee it'll work in your case.

Technical Specifications

Dimensions
12.3 x 4.2 x 0.6 in (31.24 x 10.7 x 1.5 cm)
Protocol
Ultra320 SCSI
SCSI Electrical Interface:
Low Voltage Differential (LVD)
Drives Supported
Up to 20 (6 internal and 14 external) Ultra320, Ultra3 and Ultra2 SCSI hard drives
SCSI Port Connectors SA-642
One external one internal SCSI port
Data Transfer Method
64-Bit PCI bus-master
PCI Bus Speed
64-bit, 133-MHz PCI-X (1 GB/s maximum bandwidth)
PCI
3.3 volt PCI slot compatibility only
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Mario Lerma
Occasional Visitor

Re: SmartArray Controllers on Standard PCI Slot

Thanks Kosi.
I will buy one and test it