I need a PCI-E 4x port SFF-8087 to SATA card. I previously had a IBM m1015 but it died and I need two more ports (8 more SATA connectors). I'm not trying to spend over a few hundred. Would it just be better off to buy 2 m1015s?
I guess I could have given more detail... Here is the example card I was looking at: https://www.ebay.com/itm/9201-16i-H...Express-2-0-SAS-6Gbps-for-Server/192044684746
It has 16 internal ports but it is $157 plus shipping.
If you get a regular SAS controller (I like the Dell H310, but you get the one you like) and put it in IT mode; then add the expander I linked earlier, it would probably be less expensive. The difference won't be much, $50 or $60, but I would go with the expander. Now, this particular expander needs a slot for power, but if you don't want to sacrifice a slot to it, you could use something like this: https://www.ebay.com/itm/USB3-0-PCI...r-Card-Adapter-6pin-Cable-Lot-F5/292194487976
All you need out of that is the slot and the power cord. The data cable is not needed because all the data is passed through the SAS cables and the slot is just for power.