Promise SuperTrak EX8350
Unlike its opponent, the SuperTrak EX8350 belongs to the latest series of Promise’s RAID controllers with SATA support only (without support for SAS). The family is large including four-, eight-, twelve- and sixteen-port models. The 8- and 16-port models are available in a PCI-X version (and their model names then end in “00” instead of “50”).
The two controllers we are going to review today are equals in terms of resources, though. Like the RocketRAID 3220, the Promise SuperTrak EX8350 is equipped with a 500MHz processor and 128 megabytes of memory.
The developer installed ordinary SATA connectors on this controller, so you will find as many as eight SATA cables included into the kit. The cables end in “straight” rather than L-shaped connectors. It may be not handy to connect and lay such cables in a low-profile server because the ports are placed very densely, in two rows, on the controller’s PCB. You will also find a few power adapters for your hard drives in the controller box.
The Promise SuperTrak EX8350 supports a backup battery (purchased optionally).
Like many other controllers from this brand, this one has a connector for an interface cable of the SuperSwap 4100 cage (for monitoring the speed of the fan in the cage and the temperature of the HDDs).