Rated 5 out of 5 by 1
Rated 5 out of 5 by StrangeNoises Works out-of-the-box on Linux
For the avoidance of doubt, as there is much doubt about installing drivers for this card on Linux - it works on Linux (Ubuntu 14.04 in any case) without the need to install special drivers.
The card is working fully via the standard Linux Kernel SAS driver, which was detected automatically on boot. I have not needed to attempt to install Highpoint's drivers at all. It's recognised all 8 drives (WD REDs) plugged into it, and is happy performing SMART tests on them. And that's all I want.
There may be other features that Highpoint's drivers would offer. A web-based management interface for instance. One thing that would apply to other Highpoint cards, but not to this one, is if you wanted to enable hardware RAID support. I don't; I'm quite happy with Linux MDADM RAID.
I haven't given it any hard work yet; that'll come with a raid-grow over the next few days; but so far, it's all looking good.
NB: Installed on slightly-older BIOS-based system: No idea what would happen under UEFI.
23 October 2014