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Intel® RAID Expander RES2CV Family

Narrow 36- or 24-port expander board for systems with more than eight drives

Intel® RAID Expander RES2CV Family

Key features

  • Six or nine SFF8087 SAS/SATA connectors for attaching up to 36 targets or initiators
  • Narrow width for mounting on chassis floor, wall, or duct
  • RA 4 pin power connector to power from a standard power cable
  • Mounting holes for attaching to a chassis or duct wall (if desired)
  • Includes up to six SAS cables with SFF8087 connectors at each end and designed to allow tight bend radii ease of procurement and integration simplicity (cables not shown)

Low cost, high performance

The Intel® RAID Expander RES2CV360 and RES2CV240, powered by an LSISAS2x36/24 36- or 24-port SAS-2 expander, enable the connection of up to 32 or 20 directly attached SAS or Serial ATA (SATA) devices, and provide table routing to support connections for up to 1024 SAS addresses. Each expander is individually configurable and performs SAS and SATA transfers based on the speed of the host or target at either 6.0Gb/s, 3.0Gb/s, or 1.5Gb/s. The RES2CV360 and RES2CV240 have support management functions such as discovery and enclosure management, and can be cascaded to accommodate as many drives as the associated SAS/RAID card allows.

The RES2CV360 and RES2CV240 are excellent low-cost value-added alteratives to high port count RAID cards. Select the Intel RAID Expander RES2CV360 and RES2CV240 to achieve excellent performance and higher returns on investment. As the perfect complement for Intel SAS-2 generation RAID cards, the RES2CV360 and RES2CV240 offer ultimate flexibility for architecting a high drive count (>8 drive) storage solution in any sized system. The card has its own mounting spot in Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 2U chassis, when using 2.5-inch drives, and can be mounted to a chassis wall or air-duct in third party chassis.

Target applications

The Intel® RAID Expander RES2CV360 and RES2CV240 are ideal for scalable performance, like streaming media where the data is being pulled from numerous drives.

Key Advantages

Low-cost alternative to high port count RAID cards

Provides a more economical solution compared to an alternative solution with a high port count card; offers greater flexibility as the Intel® RAID Expander RES2CV360 and RES2CV240 can be teamed with a wide variety of 4- or 8-port SAS RAID card/modules to deliver features best suited to a customer’s needs.

Inside-the-box design flexibility

Narrow form factor design, the card can be mounted on a chassis wall or ducting. Power is obtained by using a power cable with a standard 4-pin power connector.

Excellent performance

Overall solution performance using an Intel RAID Expander RES2CV360 and RES2CV240 is on par with SAS-2 high port count RAID from Intel with transfer rates of up to 6Gb/s per port. While today’s high port count RAID cards typically include an expander on the card, an Intel RAID Expander RES2CV360 and RES2CV240 solution separates the expander from the RAID card for high performance with more system design flexibility.

Compatible with SAS-2 RAID products

Connect any of the current SAS-2 RAID products from Intel including the Intel® Integrated RAID Module RSCB080 for full hardware RAID functionality.

Exceptional quality and support

Thoroughly tested across the SAS-2 RAID product line from Intel to ensure ease of deployment; and backed by a 3-year warranty. Extended 5-year warranty also available.

Intel® RAID Expander RES2CV360 and RES2CV240 information and resources

Product Specifications

Product Order Codes


Board form factor

Narrow system board


Narrow system board

Data transfer rate

6 Gb/s


6 Gb/s

Supported devices



Supported operating systems N/A N/A
Compatible battery backup options N/A N/A

RAID level supported

Dependent on paired RAID card


Dependent on paired RAID card

Number of ports internal




Number of ports external




I/O processor model

LSI 6Gb SAS2x24 expander


LSI 6Gb SAS2x36 expander
Included items   (1) expander board, (6) short mini-SAS cables, (3) screws and bumpers


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