Adaptec maxCache™ 2405Q
4 internal port, low profile Unified Serial (SATA/SAS) PCI Express storage controller with Adaptec maxCache SSD Caching. Offers Intelligent Power Management and hardware RAID for incredible performance and cost-effective reliability in entry-level applications
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DownloadsDocumentationTechnical Specifications
User and Install Guides
Adaptec Storage Manager v7.31.18856 - User's Guide (PDF 2.7MB)
Adaptec Raid Controller - Installation And User's Guide 5/2012 (PDF 3.4MB)
Command Line Interface v7.31.18856 - User's Guide (PDF 469KB)
Adaptec RAID Controller - Quick Install Guide 5/2012 (Multi Language) (PDF 3.4MB)
Adaptec Raid Controller - ReadMe May 2012 (PDF 48KB)
Adaptec Storage Manager v7.31.18856 - ReadMe (PDF 48KB)
Release Notes
Release Notes: Firmware b18948, Driver b19076, Storage Manager 7.31.18856 (PDF 17KB)

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Supported Operating Systems
Microsoft Windows
Red Hat Linux
SUSE Linux
SCO OpenServer
Sun Solaris
VMware ESX

For a detailed list see ASK Answer ID 17013
  Supports Adaptec maxCache SSD Caching with many popular SSDs.
Unified Serial storage controller supports both SATA and SAS devices.
Delivers a new price/performance level and enhanced reliability for entry-level applications.
Key Differentiators

Adaptec maxCache SSD Caching support
Intelligent Power Management

Customer Needs
  The better reliability offered by hardware RAID, support for Adaptec maxCache SSD Caching, and a feature set designed for the latest applications, including Linux open source drivers and external connectivity, without needing to step up to the cost of a more sophisticated controller for their entry-level applications.
Form Factor
  MD2 Low-Profile
Cache Memory
128MB of DDR2 memory
RAID Levels
RAID levels 0, 1, 1E, 10, JBOD
Key RAID Features

• Supports Adaptec maxCache SSD Caching with any SSD
• Supports 4 direct-attached or up to 128 SATA or SAS disk drives using SAS expanders
• Quick initialization
• Online Capacity Expansion
• Copyback Hot Spare
• Dynamic caching algorithm
• Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
• Background initialization
• Hot-plug drive support
• RAID Level Migration 
• Hot spares – global, dedicated, and pooled
• Automatic/manual rebuild of hot spares
• SAF-TE enclosure management
• Configurable stripe size
• S.M.A.R.T. support
• Multiple arrays per disk drive
• Bad stripe table
• Dynamic sector repair
• Staggered drive spin-up
• Bootable array support
• Optimized Disk Utilization

Bus System Interface Type
8-lane PCIe
Internal Connectors
1 internal (SFF-8087) MiniSAS
Data Transfer Rate
3 Gb/s per port
Package Contents

• Adaptec maxCache 2405Q Controller
• Quick Installation Guide
• Low profile vented bracket
• Adaptec RAID Installation DVD (bootable, including Driver & management Software)

3 years

Management Utilities

Adaptec Storage Manager™ (ASM)
• Adaptec maxCache SSD Caching software
• Java-based GUI Management Utility
• Remote configuration, monitoring & notification
• ASM OS Support: Windows, Linux, SCO, Solaris, FreeBSD
• Microsoft VDS Support
• Remote firmware updates

• Command Line Interface
• SMI-S support for VMware

Adaptec BIOS Utility (ACU)
• BIOS level configuration utility
• Flashable BIOS support

Physical Size

2.5" H x 6.6" L (64mm x 167mm)

Operating Temperature

0°C to 55°C* (with 200 LFM airflow)
Note: This Adaptec card contains a powerful RAID processor which requires adequate airflow to operate reliably. Please install this card only into server or PC chassis with recommended airflow (200 LFM).

* Ambient temperature measured 1" away from the RAID processor

Operating Voltage

0.43A @ 3.3 VDC
0.83 A @ 12.0 VDC

Regulatory Certification

CE, FCC, UL,  C-tick, VCCI

Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF)

873,402 hours at 40 degree C.