- May 2, 2015
https://www.ebay.com/itm/RES2CV360-INTEL-36-PORT-6G-SAS-EXPANDER-BOARD-FOR-INTEL-R1000-R2000-TYPE-SERVERS/132665195104also.. I'm googling and not finding anything.. but that link says.. 8 port.. but I only see 2 ports.. you put the 1 to 4 cables in.. so yes.. I can use 1 card and get 8 sata now... and you mentioned that this card can do 256 drives by expander controllers... what models are they?
I'm looking at throwing 12x 500gb ssd's together first so just 8 won't cut it...
I have used this type of SAS expander to increase the number of available ports. Each connector is four ports. A SAS expander works similarly to a network switch to rout traffic between the drives and the SAS controller.