MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G-2e

MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G-2e2i
Maximize Performance up to 4800MB/s Data Transfer Rates in RAID 0 mode
MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G-2e2i
– Two port external mini-SAS 6Gb/s RAID mini-SAS controller card
– Inspector for monitoring and reporting of array drives
– Easy to use browser based RAID Manager interface
– Compatible with SAS and SATA based hard drives and SSDs
More Lanes = Faster Speed
Up to 6.0Gb/s per lane
Works with Mac and PC
eSATA interface
Mac and PC compatible
3 Year NewerTech
Product Limited Warranty
What is RAID? RAID stands for Redundant Array of Independent Drives. This means taking multiple matching drives and arranging them together to achieve a large storage space, high speed, data protection, or any combination of the three. The MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G-1e1i controller card supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and 50 levels as well as supporting JBOD (SPAN and individual drive modes).
  • JBOD Independent Drives Each drive appears independently with each drive presenting its stated capacity for use.

    JBOD SPAN Combines capacity of two or more drives of the same size without any RAID data distribution scheme into one logical desktop volume. Will also combine the capacity of varying size drives based on the lowest capacity drive in the set.
  • RAID 0 Stripe Data is split into blocks over two or more drives at the same time for high speed and large capacity. This is the ideal RAID setting for demanding video production/editing.

    RAID 1 Mirror Data is written at the same time to two drives to provide a high level of data safety and redundancy.
  • RAID 5 Stripe with Parity Data is Striped (RAID 0) while incorporating redundancy over three or more drives for the best combination of speed, capacity, and redundancy.

    RAID 10 1+0 Data is Striped (RAID 0) over two Mirrored sets (RAID 1) of drives for fast redundancy.

    RAID 50 5+0 Data is striped (RAID 0) over two RAID 5 sets to provide increased speed while maintaining redundancy.
MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G-2e2i

MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G-2e2i

Two port external mini-SAS 6Gb/s RAID controller card.
Unleash your Performance Potential with up to 4800MB/s Data Transfer Rates!
Eliminate the SATA drive bus speed limit! Adding the MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G-2e to your Mac or PC provides a SAS/SATA 6G (6.0Gb/s) drive bus with up to twice the data transfer speed, regardless of your computer's built-in SATA 3G (3.0Gb/s) data bus. Utilizing the MAXPower's RAID processor, you can maximize your total performance up to 4800MB/s in RAID 0 mode or achieve the perfect balance of performance and protection in RAID 5 mode.

This feature-rich, high-value mass storage controller card is an ideal solution for those working with multiple high-speed HD video streams and/or anyone seeking high performance daily IT operation and back-up for an SMB. With mini-SAS, there's no loss of throughput as it provides full data transfer of four drives through one connection.
More Lanes = Faster Speed
Mini-SAS is like traffic moving on 4 lanes on the highway instead of just 1 lane. Mini-SAS offers more "lanes" for data to travel, providing the ability to reach higher speeds. Just like the SATA/eSATA interface, mini-SAS offers the convenience of a one cable connection. However, in a multi-drive SATA/eSATA solution which, only offers one lane for four drives to send/receive data on, mini-SAS provides four separate lanes so each drive can deliver its maximum capable data transfer rate. Now you can use one or more mini-SAS equipped external storage enclosures like the OWC Mercury Rack Pro for greater speed, protection, or both compared to single channel multi-drive eSATA RAID or eSATA Port Multiplier solutions.
Up to 6.0Gb/s per lane
Two External Ports
The MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G-2e card features two external mini-SAS ports that enable connecting and RAIDing multi-drive mini-SAS external enclosures or up to eight eSATA external enclosures via mini-SAS to eSATA breakout cables.
Automatic Device Passthrough
The MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G-2e has an automatic passthrough feature that will pass any connected drive to the OS without needing to initialize it via the Web Manager. With other RAID cards, the card's RAID system takes immediate control of the drive rendering it unusable until you configure it. With the MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G-2e card, as soon as an unformatted drive is inserted, it is immediately available for formatting with no need to release it from the RAID system. This feature lets the card act like a non-RAID card, which is helpful when you just want to swap single non-RAIDed drives in and out quickly.
Spare Pool Support
The MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G-2e card can be configured to set aside extra drives in a "spare pool". If a drive should fail in RAID 1, 5, 10 or 50 modes, a drive from the spare pool is instantly implemented so a rebuild can start immediately, minimizing the risk of data loss.
NewerTech RAID Manager Offers Easy Array Management
This easy to use, web browser-based utility automatically logs all events that occur on the MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G-2e from minor issues like inconsistent data to major issues like a failed drive. The built-in scheduling system offers quick convenience in setting up RAID arrays, managing connected drives, viewing storage health status, and reviewing information about your connected storage. See RAID Manager tab below for specific details.
  • High speed PCIe 2.0 x8 bandwidth for up to 4GB/s data throughput. PCIe 1.0 compatible with reduced speed.
  • Two mini-SAS Ports
    • 2x SFF-8088 external mini-SAS ports
  • SAS Expander support for connecting up to 128 SAS/SATA devices
  • Multiple RAID level support: 0/1/5/10/50 and JBOD
  • Hot plug and hot swap drive and solution support
  • Automatic device pass-through to OS
  • Easy to use browser based NewerTech RAID Manager interface
  • SHI (Storage Health Inspector) for monitoring and setting up reports, even via email, of array drives
  • Compatible with SAS and SATA based hard drives and SSDs
  • Compatibility
    • Intel based Mac with available PCIe x8 slot and OS X 10.5 and later;
    • PC with available PCIe x8 slot and Windows XP 32-bit and later;
    • x8 PCIe 2.0 slot or better required for optimal performance, but is backward compatible with PCIe 1.0., but is backward compatible with PCIe 1.0.
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  • Mac OS X Bootable: No
  • Windows Bootable: Yes from BIOS
Operating Temperature
  • +5 ~ +55 C
Non-operating Temperature
  • -20 ~ +80 C
Relative Humidity
  • 5%~60% non-condensing
Operating Voltage
  • 3.3V (4W max) / 12V (1W max)
RAID Level
  • 0, 1, 5, 10, 50, JBOD (Independent and SPAN/Concatenated modes)
Physical Size
  • 4.96"(L) x 2.68"(W)
  • 126.14mm x 68.07mm
  • 2.9 ounces
  • Black PCB, silver heat sink
  • Intel based Mac with available PCIe x8 slot and OS X 10.5 and later
  • PC with available PCIe x8 slot and Windows XP 32-bit and later
  • x8 PCIe 2.0 slot or better required for optimal performance, but is backward compatible with PCIe 1.0.
Connector Type
  • 2x SFF-8088 external mini-SAS ports
  • Eight total SAS/SATA 6.0Gb/s channels
PCIe Slot Requirement
  • x8 (8 lane) PCIe 2.0 for optimum 4GB/s performance.
  • PCIe 1.0 compatible but delivers reduced speed up to 2GB/s.
  • Standard, full height with low profile option included
Form Factor
  • Low profile
Drive Support
  • SATA or SAS devices; larger than 2.2TB drive supported via 64bit LBA and sector size customization
*48Gb/s total speed with up to 24Gb/s total speed per mini-SAS port. Speed depending on PCIe configuration, selected drives, RAID setting, and external mini-SAS equipped storage device.
MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G-2e2i RAID Controller Card Included
  • NewerTech Web Manager
  • NewerTech® Web Manager
    The NewerTech® Web Manager is an easy-to-use browser-based utility to set up RAID arrays, manage connected drives, view storage health status, and view information about your connected storage.
    • Device management
    • Array management
    • Spare pool management
    • Event log
    • SHI (Storage Health Inspector)
    • Task scheduler
    • Settings
  • Device Management
  • Device Management
    • Automatic Device Passthrough
    • Initializing Devices
    • Changing Device Settings
    • Rescanning for Devices
    • Unplugging Devices
  • Array Management
  • Array Management
    The Array Management screen acts as the Web Manager's home screen, but to access it from any other screen click on the "Manage" menu item and select "Array" to enter the Array Management screen.
  • Spare Pool Management
  • Spare Pool Management
    The purpose of a spare pool is to have drives in reserve to instantly take the place of any failed drives in a redundant RAID array such as a RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, or RAID 50 array. This allows rebuilds to start instantly in order to minimize the risk of data loss.
  • Events
  • Events
    The NewerTech Web Manager software will automatically log all events that occur on the MAXPower® controller card.
    • Indicates general information and occurrances.
    • Warning of minor occurrences and issues. These include plugging of devices into the card and minor issues such as inconsistent data that can be easily fixed by a verify or rebuild.
    • Warns of major occurrences and problems such as failed drives and improper disconnections of drives and arrays.
  • Tasks
  • Tasks
    The NewerTech® Web Manager has a built-in scheduling system to run background rebuilds, verifications, integrity, and health checks to the attached arrays and drives. To enter the task scheduling systems, click on "Task" menu item.
  • Settings
  • Settings
    General configuration settings for the NewerTech® MAXPower® RAID mini-SAS 6G controller card can be set in the Settings page by clicking on the "Setting" menu item.
    • Auto Rebuild
    • Continue Rebuilding on Error
    • Audible Alarm
    • Rebuild Priority
    • Spindown Idle Disk
    • SAF-TE
    • Listening Port
    • Password
    • SMTP Setting / Recipients / Add Recipient
  • Storage Health Inspector
  • SHI Storage Health Inspector
    The NewerTech® Web Manager has a built-in health monitoring system to allow for monitoring of drive characteristics and S.M.A.R.T status attributes. To access, click on the "SHI" menu item.

    Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) is a monitoring system built into drives to monitor different health attributes to assist in warning of potential problems before catastrophic failure can occur. To view the S.M.A.R.T status attributes of an attached drive, click on "SMART" to expand the attributes for viewing.
Which Connecting Cable Should You Choose?
When using Passive/passthrough mini-SAS storage solutions equipped with "6G" 6Gb/s (SATA 3.0 Revision) drives, we strongly recommend only using connecting cables of 1 meter or shorter length due to the increased signal integrity requirements of 6G drives. Active storage solutions such as SAS expander systems equipped with 6G drives can utilize mini-SAS connecting cables up to 10 meters in length. This is dependent upon the external enclosure.
Boot Camp Compatibility
Please note that running the MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G card in Windows XP is only supported on a PC and is not supported via Boot Camp on a Mac. Windows Vista and 7 are fully compatible with the MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G card via Boot Camp on a Mac.

Thunderbolt™ technology enabled product users:
Drivers for OSX 10.6.x-10.8.x download here (3.9MB DMG)