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SAS Expander Comparison Chart

Cost Comparison for Tower Solutions
15 or 16 Bays (as of January 26, 2016)

Technology Comparison
Price Comparison, Tower
Price Comparison, Rackmount

In this comparison of popular storage solutions, SAS Expander enclosures are the most expensive, but the solutions recoup much of that due to less cables, no adapters and less controller ports. Also it's important to consider that the SAS expander solutions are faster due to being able to use the latest and greatest controller cards on the market.


SAS Expanders

SAS (no expanders)

SATA Multilane

Port Multipliers

Enclosures

15-bay Tower ($1049)

2 x 8-bay Tower ($680)

2 x 8-bay Tower ($680)

3 x 5-bay Tower ($750)

Controllers

 

LSI 9286-8e ($729)

see also:
Areca ARC-1882x

 

LSI 9280-16i4e ($845)

see also:
Areca ARC-1882ix-16

Areca ARC-1264IL-16 ($756)

4-Port PCIe ($170)

Hard Drives

15 x Toshiba 2TB ($1095)

16 x Toshiba 2TB ($1168)

16 x Toshiba 2TB ($1168)

15 x Toshiba 2TB ($1095)

Cables

1m SFF-8088 ($45)

4 x .5m SFF-8087 ($92)
4 x 1m SFF-8088 ($180)

4 x .5m SFF-8087 ($92)
4 x 1m SFF-8088 ($180)

3 x 1m eSATA ($21)

Adapters

 

4 port 8087-8088 ($98)

4 port 8087-8088 ($98)

 

Costs

$2918.00
total cost

$3063.00
total cost

$2974.00
total cost

$2036.00
total cost

Costs

$194.53
per drive

$191.44
per drive

$185.88
per drive

$135.73
per drive

Costs

$97.27
per TB

$95.72
per TB

$99.94
per TB

$67.87
per TB

SAS Expanders = comparable cost + the latest controllers + potential for expansion


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