Adaptec SmartRAID 3252-8i /e
24 Gbps PCIe Gen 4 SAS/SATA/NVMe SmartRAID adapter with 8 internal native ports and LP/MD2 form factor
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Linux Driver Source

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Red Hat, CentOS, SuSE, Ubuntu,
Debian, Oracle, XenServer


Microsoft Windows 10 x64
Microsoft Windows 11 x64
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 x64
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 x64
Microsoft Windows Server 2022 x64


Sun Solaris


VMware ESXi 6/7
VMware ESXi 8



Operating System
Microsoft Windows Server, Windows 10, Red Hat Enterprise Linux®, CentOS, SuSE Linux Enterprise Server, Ubuntu Linux, Debian Linux, Oracle Linux, Citrix XenServer, Solaris, FreeBSD, VMware ESXi and open-source Linux drivers/inbox drivers

For a detailed list, visit ASK Answer ID 17509.
CPU Architecture
Intel, AMD
• Ideal for enabling PCIe Gen 4 storage capabilities for SMB and enterprise and hyperscale applications, with proven reliability
• Tri-mode support for SAS/SATA/NVMe devices: 16G Gen 4 NVMe, 24G SAS4 and 6G SATA
• Built-in PCIe switch to enable lowest possible latency access to NVMe storage devices for HBA and RAID modes
• Superior performance and bandwidth enabling up to 14.8 GB/s throughput and 3.4M+ IOPs 4K RR
• 8 GB DDR4/3200 MHz memory option with enhanced throughput on redundant RAID writes and NVMe CBE
• Accelerates storage with up to 8 GB of high-speed DRAM cache with integrated cache protection
Key RAID Features
• maxCache caching software
• Mixed mode allows devices connected to the same adapter to be used in RAID and HBA modes simultaneously
• Adapter dynamic power management to save up to 30% power
• Supports up to 256 SAS or SATA devices using SAS expanders
• Support for NVMe target devices with Gen 3/4 interfaces (x1, x2, x4, and x8 wide interfaces)
• Support for 64 logical drives/RAID arrays
• Support for native 4K sector SAS and SATA devices in addition to 512-byte sector devices
• RAID 1 and RAID 10 triple mirroring, move array, and split mirroring
• Online capacity expansion and RAID level migration
• Dynamic caching algorithm
• Native command queuing (NCQ)
• Background initialization
• Hot-plug drive support
• RAID level migration
• Hot spares—global, dedicated, and pooled (including copyback)
• Enclosure management capabilities—SAS/ SATA: SGPIO and SES
• PBSI, MCTP and Platform Level Data Model (PLDM) and Redfish Device Enablement (RDE) for out-of-band (BMC) management
• Universal Backplane Management (UBM) support
• Virtual Pin Port Management (VPP)
• Configurable stripe size
• S.M.A.R.T. support
• Dynamic sector repair
• Staggered drive spin-up
• Bootable array support through legacy and uEFI bios
• Smart PQI driver with multip queue and MSI-X support for all supported operating systems
• Secure boot, secure updates, and attestation support
• Secure boot support for the uEFI host BIOS
• USB image with offline maxView tools
Management Utilities
maxView Storage Manager
• Web based GUI Management utility
• Windows, Linux, VMware support
• Remote configuration, monitoring & notification
• Remote firmware updates
• SMI-S Support

• Command-line interface
• Local and remote support
• ARCCONF for uEFI shell support
• SMI-S support for VMware
• ARCCONF CLI support for all supported operating systems

uEFI BIOS Configuration Utility
• Flashable BIOS support
• HII GUI support

Event Monitor
• Lightweight event monitoring and logging tool
• Distributes adapter events and notifies user
Management Utilities (Out-of-Band)
Data Transfer Rate
Tri-mode support for SAS/SATA/NVMe devices: 16G Gen 4 NVMe, 24G SAS-4 and 6G SATA
Bus System Interface
8-lane PCIe Gen 4
Form Factor
MD2 – Low Profile
8 GB DDR4/3200 MHz
Package Contents
• SmartRAID 3252-8i /e adapter
• Additional low profile vented bracket
• ASCM-35F Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection (ZMCP)
Physical Size
2.535"H x 6.6"L (64mm x 167mm)
Operating Temperature
0 °C to 55 °C with 250 LFM airflow.
Note: This adapter contains a powerful RAID processor that requires adequate airflow to operate reliably. Only install this card into server or PC chassis with at least 250 LFM airflow. Temperature measured 1 inch from RAID adapter.
Regulatory Certification
Environmental Compliance
3 years