Adaptec RAID 3085

The Adaptec RAID 3085 is an 8-port controller that supports externally attached SATA and SAS drives and the next-generation PCIe connectivity. It features Adaptec RAID Code (ARC) with RAID levels 0, 1, 1E, 5, 5EE, 6, 10, 50, 60, JBOD, as well as Copyback Hot Spare and optional Snapshot Backup. With an MD2 low-profile form factor, this card will fit into any server, including high-density rack mount and blade servers. A battery unit is optional (ABM-800). Adaptec Storage Manager™ provides one-view, centralized management for all Adaptec RAID controllers.

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Product Documentation
Adaptec Storage Manager V6.50.18579 - User's Guide (PDF 3 MB)
Adaptec Storage Manager v6.40.18530 - User's Guide (PDF 2 MB)
Adaptec Storage Manager v5.30 - User's Guide (PDF 2 MB)
Adaptec Storage Manager v5.20.17414 - User's Guide (PDF 3 MB)
Adaptec Storage Manager v5.00 - User's Guide (PDF 4 MB)
Adaptec RAID Controller - Installation And User's Guide 08/2010 (PDF 4 MB)
Adaptec RAID Controller - Installation and User's Guide 03/2008 (PDF 2 MB)
Adaptec RAID Controller - Installation and User's Guide 10/2007 (PDF 3 MB)
Adaptec RAID Controller - Installation and User's Guide 02/07 (PDF 3 MB)
Command Line Interface V6.50.18579 - User's Guide (PDF 347 KB)
Command Line Interface v6.40.18530 - User's Guide (PDF 316 KB)
Command Line Interface v5.30 - User's Guide (PDF 320 KB)
Command Line Interface v5.20 - User's Guide (PDF 337 KB)
Command Line Interface v5.00 - User's Guide (PDF 337 KB)
Adaptec Storage Manager V6.50.18579 - ReadMe (PDF 27 KB)
Adaptec Storage Manager v6.40.18530 - Readme (PDF 26 KB)
Adaptec Storage Manager v5.30 - Readme (PDF 42 KB)
Adaptec Storage Manager v5.20.17414 - Readme (PDF 42 KB)
Adaptec Storage Manager v5.01.16862 - Readme (PDF 55 KB)
Adaptec Storage Manager v5.00 - Readme (PDF 52 KB)
Adaptec RAID Controller - ReadMe August 2010 (PDF 24 KB)
Adaptec RAID Controller - Readme Mar 2008 (PDF 31 KB)
Adaptec RAID Controller - Readme Oct. 2007 (PDF 35 KB)
Controller Readme 03/2007 (PDF 6 KB)
Release Notes
Release Notes: Firmware b17342, Driver b17342, Storage Manager 6.50 b18579 (PDF 10 KB)
Release Notes: Firmware b17335, Driver b17335, Storage Manager 6.40 b18530 (PDF 12 KB)
Release Notes: Firmware b15728, Driver b1572x, Storage Manager 5.30 b17509 (PDF 15 KB)
Release Notes: Firmware b15323, Driver b15317, Storage Manager 5.20 b17414 (PDF 15 KB)
Release Notes: Firmware b12415, Driver b11737, Storage Manager 5.01 b16862 (PDF 16 KB)
Supported Operating Systems

Microsoft Windows
Red Hat Linux
SUSE Linux
Novell NetWare
SCO OpenServer
Sun Solaris
VMware ESX Server

For a detailed list see ASK Answer ID 15058

Key Differentiators
  Affordable Unified Serial RAID controllers support both SATA and SAS devices. Ideal for workstations, and entry to mid-range servers.
Customer Needs
  Affordability and performance with an advanced feature set for customers needing storage flexibility and capacity growth.
System Environment
  Intel IA32, EM64T, and AMD64
Form Factor
  MD2 Low-profile
Cache Memory
256MB of DDR2 memory
RAID Levels
RAID 0, 1, 1E, 5, 5EE, 6, 10, 50, 60, JBOD
Key RAID Features
• Supports 8 direct-attached or up to 128 SAS or SATA disk drives using SAS expanders
• RAID Levels 0, 1, 10, 5, 50, JBOD
• Advanced Data Protection Suite
• RAID Levels 1E (Striped Mirror), 5EE (Hot Space), 6 and 60 (Dual Drive Failure Protection)
• Copyback Hot Spare
• Snapshot Backup (optional)
• Dynamic caching algorithm
• Online Capacity Expansion
• RAID Level Migration
• Optimized Disk Utilization
• Quick Initialization
• Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
• Hot spares – global, dedicated, and pooled
• Background initialization
• Automatic/manual rebuild of hot spares
• SAF-TE enclosure management support
• Configurable stripe size
• S.M.A.R.T. support
• Up to 512TB array sizes
• Multiple arrays per disk drive
• Bad stripe table
• Dynamic sector repair
• Staggered drive spin-up
• Bootable array support
• Hot-plug drive support
• Redundant path failover

Bus System Interface Type

8-lane PCIe
External Connectors
2 external (SFF-8088) Mini SAS
Data Transfer Rate
3 Gb/s per port
Package Contents
• Adaptec RAID 3085 Controller
• Additional low-profile bracket
• Quick Installation Guide (English/French/German/Italian/Spanish)
• Software and documentation CDs
3 years

Management Utilities

 Adaptec Storage Manager™ (ASM)
 • Java-based GUI Management Utility
 • Remote configuration, monitoring & notification
 • ASM OS Support: Windows, Linux, SCO, Solaris, NetWare
 • Microsoft VDS Support
 • Simultaneous remote firmware updates

 • Command Line Interface
 Adaptec BIOS Configuration 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; without battery)
0°C to 40°C* (with 200 LFM airflow; with battery)

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

1 amp @ 3.3V

Regulatory Certification

FCC, UL, C-tick, CE, VCC


Snapshot Backup Key (2228200)
Adaptec Battery Module ABM-800 (2248000-R)

Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF)

900,048 hours at 40 degree C.