What type of SAS/SATA cables do Dell SAS6/iR and SAS5/iR controller cards use?

Zac B asked:

I’m considering buying a bunch of these to upgrade our servers at work (with SATA drives, not true SAS). We are out of ports to plug disks into, and these cards are decently supported and cheap.

The one thing I can’t seem to figure out is: what type of HBA-to-SATA cable/connector type do these cards use? In the pictures, they look like SFF-8484, but I’m not 100% sure, and after reading the specs, Googling around, and reading the manual, I haven’t found out for sure. I’d rather not spend a lot of money on cables that don’t work, so…does anyone have any experience with these SAS cards? What is their cable type?


My answer:

These cards do indeed use SFF-8484 connectors.

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