Adaptec maxCache™ 5805ZQ
8 internal port, low profile Unified Serial (SATA/SAS) PCI Express storage controller with Adaptec maxCache SSD Caching. Delivers exceptional performance, Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection and maximum scalability for enterprise-class, high-density server applications
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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
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.
Ideal for bandwidth intensive storage applications; NAS, OLTP servers, web servers, and digital surveillance.
Key Differentiators

Adaptec maxCache SSD Caching support
Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection
Intelligent Power Management

Customer Needs
  High I/O transaction and high bandwidth processing.
Form Factor
  MD2 Low-Profile
Cache Memory

512MB of DDR2 memory

RAID Levels
RAID levels 0, 1, 1E, 5, 5EE, 6, 10, 50 and 60
Key RAID Features
• Supports Adaptec maxCache SSD Caching with any SSD
• Supports maxCache SSD cache size of 2TB
• Supports 8 SSD cache
• Supports 8 direct-attached or up to 256 SATA or SAS disk drives using SAS expanders
• RAID levels 0, 1, 1E, 5, 5EE, 6, 10, 50 and 60
• 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
• Up to 512TB array sizes
• 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

2 internal (SFF-8087) Mini SAS

Data Transfer Rate
3 Gb/s per port
Package Contents
• Adaptec maxCache 5805ZQ Controller
• Additional low profile vented bracket
• Quick Installation Guide
• 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

0.39 A @ 3.3 VDC
1.21 A @ 12.0 VDC

Regulatory Certification

CE, FCC, UL,  C-tick, VCCI

Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF)

873,402 hours at 40 degree C.