I have SuperMicro server with a dead zero channel SAS raid card, that is the motherboard has two 36 pin multilane SAS connectors. What I can't figure out is: Can I just buy say an IBM ServeRAID 8X card and plug that in instead? The IBM card is half is less then half the price and it's just a temporary test and development server, so I would like to avoid spending to much.
Alternatively I could just buy a card that have the two multilane connectors on it, but it would be prettier and easier cable wise to just plug in another card.
In short, how does a zero channel SAS RAID card interface to the two multilane connectors on the motherboard?