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MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G-2e
Two port external mini-SAS 6Gb/s RAID controller card

MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G

Unleash your Performance Potential with up to 4800MB/s Data Transfer Rates!
Eliminate the SATA drive bus speed limit! Adding the MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G-2e to your Mac or PC provides a SAS/SATA 6G (6.0Gb/s) drive bus with up to twice the data transfer speed, regardless  of your computer's built-in SATA 3G (3.0Gb/s) data bus. Utilizing the MAXPower's RAID processor, you can maximize your total performance up to 4800MB/s in RAID 0 mode or achieve the perfect balance of performance and protection in RAID 5 mode.

This feature-rich, high-value mass storage controller card is an ideal solution for those working with multiple high-speed HD video streams and/or anyone seeking high performance daily IT operation and back-up for an SMB. With mini-SAS, there's no loss of throughput as it provides full data transfer of four drives through one connection.

More Lanes = Faster Speed
Mini-SAS is like traffic moving on 4 lanes on the highway instead of just 1 lane.  Mini-SAS offers more "lanes" for data to travel, providing the ability to reach higher speeds.  Just like the SATA/eSATA interface, mini-SAS offers the convenience of a one cable connection. However, in a multi-drive SATA/eSATA solution which, only offers one lane for four drives to send/receive data on, mini-SAS provides four separate lanes so each drive can deliver its maximum capable data transfer rate. Now you can use one or more mini-SAS equipped external storage enclosures like the OWC Mercury Rack Pro for greater speed, protection, or both compared to single channel multi-drive eSATA RAID or eSATA Port Multiplier solutions.

Why mini-SAS Chart

Two External Ports
The MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G-2e card features two external mini-SAS ports that enable connecting and RAIDing multi-drive mini-SAS external enclosures or up to eight eSATA external enclosures via mini-SAS to eSATA breakout cables.
Automatic Device Passthrough
The MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G-2e has an automatic passthrough feature that will pass any connected drive to the OS without needing to initialize it via the Web Manager. With other RAID cards, the card's RAID system takes immediate control of the drive rendering it unusable until you configure it. With the MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G-2e card, as soon as an unformatted drive is inserted, it is immediately available for formatting with no need to release it from the RAID system. This feature lets the card act like a non-RAID card, which is helpful when you just want to swap single non-RAIDed drives in and out quickly.

Spare Pool Support
The MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G-2e card can be configured to set aside extra drives in a "spare pool". If a drive should fail in RAID 1, 5, 10 or 50 modes, a drive from the spare pool is instantly implemented so a rebuild can start immediately, minimizing the risk of data loss.

NewerTech RAID Manager Offers Easy Array Management
This easy to use, web browser-based utility automatically logs all events that occur on the MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G-2e from minor issues like inconsistent data to major issues like a failed drive. The built-in scheduling system offers quick convenience in setting up RAID arrays, managing connected drives, viewing storage health status, and reviewing information about your connected storage. See RAID Manager tab below for specific details.

What Is RAID?
RAID stands for Redundant Array of Independent Drives. This means taking multiple matching drives and arranging them together to achieve a large storage space, high speed, data protection, or any combination of the three. The MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G-2e controller card supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and 50 levels as well as supporting JBOD (SPAN and individual drive modes).

JBOD (Independent Drives)
Each drive appears independently with each drive presenting its stated capacity for use.
Combines capacity of two or more drives of the same size without any RAID data distribution scheme into one logical desktop volume. Will also combine the capacity of varying size drives based on the lowest capacity drive in the set.
RAID 0 (Stripe)
Data is split into blocks over two or more drives at the same time for high speed and large capacity. This is the ideal RAID setting for demanding video production/editing.
RAID 1 (Mirror)
Data is written at the same time to two drives to provide a high level of data safety and redundancy.
RAID 5 (Stripe with Parity)
Data is Striped (RAID 0) while incorporating redundancy over three or more drives for the best combination of speed, capacity, and redundancy.
RAID 10 (1+0)
Data is Striped (RAID 0) over two Mirrored sets (RAID 1) of drives for fast redundancy.
RAID 50 (5+0)
Data is striped (RAID 0) over two RAID 5 sets to provide increased speed while maintaining redundancy.


  • High speed PCIe 2.0 x8 bandwidth for up to 4GB/s data throughput. PCIe 1.0 compatible with reduced speed.
  • Two mini-SAS Ports
    • 2x SFF-8088 external mini-SAS ports
  • SAS Expander support for connecting up to 128 SAS/SATA devices
  • Multiple RAID level support: 0/1/5/10/50 and JBOD
  • Hot plug and hot swap drive and solution support
  • Automatic device pass-through to OS
  • Easy to use browser based NewerTech RAID Manager interface
  • SHI (Storage Health Inspector) for monitoring and setting up reports, even via email, of array drives
  • Compatible with SAS and SATA based hard drives and SSDs
  • Compatibility
    • Intel-based Mac with OS X 10.6.8 or later (including macOS Sierra) and an available PCIe x8 slot, or via Thunderbolt with a PCIe expansion chassis.
    • PC with available PCIe x8 slot and Windows XP 32-bit and later;
    • x8 PCIe 2.0 slot or better required for optimal performance, but is backward compatible with PCIe 1.0., but is backward compatible with PCIe 1.0.
  • 3 Year NewerTech Product Limited Warranty


MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G includes
  • MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G-2e RAID Controller Card
  • Low profile PCIe slot cover

Product Specifications:

Connector Type

  • Two SFF-8088 external mini-SAS ports


  • Eight total SAS/SATA 6.0Gb/s channels

PCIe Slot Requirement

  • x8 (8 lane) PCIe 2.0 for optimum 4GB/s performance.
  • PCIe 1.0 compatible but delivers reduced speed up to 2GB/s.


  • Standard, full height with low profile option included

Form factor

  • Low profile

Drive support

  • SATA or SAS devices; larger than 2.2TB drive supported via 64bit LBA and sector size customization

RAID Level

  • 0, 1, 5, 10, 50, JBOD (Independent and SPAN/Concatenated modes)

Physical size

  • 4.96" (L) x 2.68" (W) (126.14mm (L) x 68.07mm (W)


  • 2.9 ounces


  • Black PCB, silver heat sink


  • Intel-based Mac with OS X 10.6.8 or later (including macOS Sierra) and an available PCIe x8 slot
  • PC with available PCIe x8 slot and Windows XP 32-bit and later
  • x8 PCIe 2.0 slot or better required for optimal performance, but is backward compatible with PCIe 1.0.
  • Thunderbolt via a PCIe expansion chassis


  • Mac OS X Bootable: No
  • Windows Bootable: Yes from BIOS

Operating Environment:

Operating Temperature

  • +5 ~ +55 C

Non-operating Temperature

  • -20 ~ +80 C

Relative Humidity

  • 5%~60% non-condensing

Operating Voltage

  • 3.3V (4W max) / 12V (1W max)
* 48Gb/s total speed with up to 24Gb/s total speed per mini-SAS port. Speed depending on PCIe configuration, selected drives, RAID setting, and external mini-SAS equipped storage device. Manufacturer provided specifications for Newer Technology p/n MXPRMS6G2E UPC#: 811643011960
NewerTech® Web Manager
The NewerTech® Web Manager is an easy-to-use browser-based utility to set up RAID arrays, manage connected drives, view storage health status, and view information about your connected storage.
  • Device management
  • Array management
  • Spare pool management
  • Event log
  • SHI (Storage Health Inspector)
  • Task scheduler
  • Settings
Device Management
  • Automatic Device Passthrough
  • Initializing Devices
  • Changing Device Settings
  • Rescanning for Devices
  • Unplugging Devices
Array Management
The Array Management screen acts as the Web Manager's home screen, but to access it from any other screen click on the "Manage" menu item and select "Array" to enter the Array Management screen.
Spare Pool Management
The purpose of a spare pool is to have drives in reserve to instantly take the place of any failed drives in a redundant RAID array such as a RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, or RAID 50 array. This allows rebuilds to start instantly in order to minimize the risk of data loss.
The NewerTech Web Manager software will automatically log all events that occur on the MAXPower® controller card.
  • Indicates general information and occurrences.
  • Warning of minor occurrences and issues. These include plugging of devices into the card and minor issues such as inconsistent data that can be easily fixed by a verify or rebuild.
  • Warns of major occurrences and problems such as failed drives and improper disconnections of drives and arrays.
The NewerTech® Web Manager has a built-in scheduling system to run background rebuilds, verifications, integrity, and health checks to the attached arrays and drives. To enter the task scheduling systems, click on "Task" menu item.
General configuration settings for the NewerTech® MAXPower® RAID mini-SAS 6G controller card can be set in the Settings page by clicking on the "Setting" menu item.
  • Auto Rebuild
  • Continue Rebuilding on Error
  • Audible Alarm
  • Rebuild Priority
  • Spindown Idle Disk
  • SAF-TE
  • Listening Port
  • Password
  • SMTP Setting / Recipients / Add Recipient
SHI (Storage Health Inspector)
The NewerTech® Web Manager has a built-in health monitoring system to allow for monitoring of drive characteristics and S.M.A.R.T status attributes. To access, click on the "SHI" menu item.

Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) is a monitoring system built into drives to monitor different health attributes to assist in warning of potential problems before catastrophic failure can occur. To view the S.M.A.R.T status attributes of an attached drive, click on "SMART" to expand the attributes for viewing.
Does the MAXPower mini-SAS 6G card support tape devices? The MAXPower mini-SAS 6G card was optimized to RAID HDD's and SSD's and does not support tape devices.
Which Connecting Cable Should You Choose? When using Passive/passthrough mini-SAS storage solutions equipped with "6G" 6Gb/s (SATA 3.0 Revision) drives, we strongly recommend only using connecting cables of 1 meter or shorter length due to the increased signal integrity requirements of 6G drives. Active storage solutions such as SAS expander systems equipped with 6G drives can utilize mini-SAS connecting cables up to 10 meters in length. This is dependent upon the external enclosure.
Boot Camp Compatibility Please note that running the MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G card in Windows XP is only supported on a PC and is not supported via Boot Camp on a Mac.  Windows Vista and 7 are fully compatible with the MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G card via Boot Camp on a Mac.

This card is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 4-core (Mid 2006)
(August, 2006)
Model ID: MacPro1,1
2.0GHz, 2.66GHz, 3.0GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 8-core (Early 2007)
(April, 2007)
Model ID: MacPro2,1
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 4-Core (Early 2008)
(January, 2008)
Model ID: MacPro3,1
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 8-Core (Early 2008)
(January, 2008)
Model ID: MacPro3,1
2.8GHz, 3.0GHz, 3.2GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 4-Core (Early 2009)
(March, 2009)
Model ID: MacPro4,1
2.66GHz, 2.93GHz, 3.33GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 12-Core (Mid 2012)
(June, 2012)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
2.4GHz, 2.66GHz, 3.06GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 6-Core (Mid 2012)
(June, 2012)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 4-Core (Mid 2012)
(June, 2012)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 12-Core (Mid 2010)
(July, 2010)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
2.66GHz, 2.93GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 8-Core (Mid 2010)
(July, 2010)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 6-Core (Mid 2010)
(July, 2010)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 4-Core (Mid 2010)
(July, 2010)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
2.8GHz, 3.2GHz
Xserve Intel
Xserve Quad-Core (Early 2009)
(April, 2009)
Model ID: Xserve3,1
Xserve Intel
Xserve 8-Core (Early 2009)
(April, 2009)
Model ID: Xserve3,1
2.26GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.93GHz
PC Desktop
PC Desktops
Compatible with Intel / AMD Process based PCs capable with the specifications listed above.
OWC Helios
OWC Mercury Helios
Thunderbolt PCIe
expansion chassis

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 5 / 5 2 out of 2 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 5/5 Update the Driver for El Capitan December 31, 2015 This is a Great card so Great that I purchased 5 of them. The problem, OWC isn't updating the driver so the card can work with OS X El Capitan. This leaves me in a really bad situation. I'm using these for my business and I can't upgrade my computers or buy a new computer. Because any new computers are running OS X El Capitan. I'm sure they sold a ton of these cards. I hope they make it right and make a driver for the card so I can upgrade to OS X El Capitan and future OS X operating systems.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Sydney, Australia Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Rock solid! September 8, 2014 After years of using other controllers that were four times the price and having them burn out or be infuriating to install and get working, I tried this controller. WOW! I was up and running in 5 mins. This card even recognised my existing RAID 5 array built with a different controller and mounted it and I was ready to go. Didn't even have to rebuild. How awesome is that? The card is super fast, the NewerTech website is easy to navigate and find product information and updates, the support is brilliant and there's a 3 year warranty. What more do you want? As a professional filmmaker and video editor I have tried cards from HighPoint, Adaptec and ATTO. All expensive and in the case of HighPoint, over-engineered, painful and no customer support. This controller gives me a consistent ~750MB/s using RAID 5 on an 8 drive PROAVIO enclosure - and these are 5 year old SATA III WD RE2's! Not even SATA 6! ADOBE Premiere CC and After Effects CC sing on this card.Never dropping a frame and giving you beautiful smooth playback, even with a fully loaded timeline and all app's open.

I also have many RAID chassis and arrays like 2 of the OWC RackPro Units and a two drive Mercury Elite and I keep coming back to OWC as they just work like they should. OWC are the only brand that have never failed in my studio. NEVER. Not once. Everything else has, costing me time, money and business. Try this card. You won't regret it.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

NewerTech® MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G-2e Two port external mini-SAS 6Gb/s RAID controller card Mfr P/N: MXPRMS6G2E OWC SKU: NWTMXPRMS6G2E 3 Year Newer Technology Limited Warranty
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