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3ware 9650SE-8LPML PCI Express SATA II Controller Card RAID Levels 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, Single Disk, JBOD, KIT

  • RAID Levels 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, Single Disk, JBOD

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Supporting up to 8 SATA II and SATA I hard drives, the 3ware 9650SE-8LPML PCI Express controller card is perfect for entry-level storage servers. Supporting RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, single disk, and JBOD, the 3ware 9650SE can not only backup data but can also significantly extend the storage capacity of a system.

Featuring a PCI-Express x4 compatibility it’s one of the few PCIe controller cards available. Providing S.M.A.R.T drive monitoring for status and reliability, hot swap and hot spare drive storage, the 3ware 9650SE is perfect for small to medium size businesses.

Another essential feature in IT environments is the ability for the 3ware 9650SE card to automatically rebuild the RAID array if a drive fails. Last but not least, the 9650SE supports a variety of operating systems including the following: Windows (XP, 2000, Server 2003), Windows x64bit, Linux and FreeBSD.

  • newegg Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s with RAID The revolutionary Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s interface provides scalable performance for storage devices. SATA technology enables easy-to-install and high-performance hard drives. Eight SATA ports (Through two Multi-lane Connectors) support RAID Levels 0, 1, 5, 10, 50,Single Disk, JBOD for better performance and reliability.
  • newegg PCI Express x4 Interface The PCI Express x1 interface provides 10 Gb/s throughput and full-duplex operation for enhanced performance.
  • newegg 2 Brackets The 3ware 9650SE-8LPML includes 2 brackets to support low-profile and regular PCI slots.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
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  • Philip T.
  • 9/7/2014 8:21:12 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsReliable for years

Pros: I've had these cards in 2 systems operating 24x7 for 3 years. Never a problem. The Linux drivers work flawlessly and the CLI tools have a very natural command interface. Pair this card with the BBU (which gets a bit hot unfortunately) and you've got a solid, inexpensive RAID setup that will last.

Cons: BBU gets a bit hot

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  • Sureel P.
  • 3/7/2014 11:49:43 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsNo driver updates for Mac OS X

Pros: This was actually a great card and worked well for me for quite some time (I have one each in my HTPC/Media Server and Workstation). Unfortunately, they dropped support for Mac OS and I can't update my machine past OS X 10.7 (earlier versions of 10.8 are said to work). Can't believe they would drop support so quick. I used to be an adamant supporter of the company and have installed this and the 4-port versions on many of the machines I have built for my friends. I will no longer purchase 3ware items and regret my past support.

Cons: Drivers frequently lag behind OS releases. Ultimate, driver support stopped completely for Mac OS X.

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  • Paul T.
  • 8/15/2013 2:11:21 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs5 years later still working perfect

Pros: Using it for max. data security "mirror drives". When a drive fails just pop a new one in and it rebuilds without any down time.

Cons: none

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  • Timothy N.
  • 11/17/2011 8:05:58 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Card - Worth The Money

Pros: It was a tough decision spending 500$ on a raid card, but I'm glad I did. With 3ware's reputation, warranty, and the options that come with the card you really cant go wrong. Raid 6 is also an awesome choice. PCI Express 4x,8x, and 16x slot compatibility is great. 3ware's 3DM2 software is also really good. The email alert option is a nice feature. Most option can be set with in Windows. FW flashing can also be done in Windows. However, I highly recommend flashing it through the cards bios. The help in 3DM2 provides explanations of the options you are viewing, and how and why they should be used.

Cons: * The most frustrating thing about this card is not the card itself, but the 3ware/LSI website. LSI really needs to take a little time to redesign their website. Trying to find the newest drivers and FW is a pain.
* Card initialization after post is a little slow.
* The cashe battery dose not come with the card, and must be purchased separately for ~ 100$. A car battery is less than this! The battery will only last 3 days with no power. If you have a battery backup, there really is no need for it, as long as you have power to the board.

Other Thoughts: If you have never owned or used a hardware raid card before, I suggest you do a little research. There is a lot to consider before purchasing a card. After your purchase you will want to read the manual from start to finish. Make sure you become familiar with all the settings and options the card offers. Some option can only be set before the array is created. Understanding each option before you creating your array will maximize performance, and protection based on your needs.

Windows 7 Pro, Intel Q6600, nVidia nForce 780i, 4Gb OCZ 1066, nVidia GeForce Gtx 280
Raid Card Specs:
Raid 6 - 6 WD RE3 500 GB, 1 WD RE4 500 GB - 2.27 TB
Average write speed for Raid 6 is 80 Mb/s. Max is ~100 Mb/s. Read speed for raid 6 is ~200 - 250 Mb/s. Continues verifying seems to have little effect on performance.

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  • Sebastian K.
  • 10/13/2011 8:07:04 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: I had this card for over 2 years now. It's sitting in a sever that is on all the time. It's connected to 8 1TB drives in Raid5. Never had a problem with it. Never lost data. Never locked up. Could not be more happy.
In the time I had this setup, 1 drive failed on me. It sent me an alert. I replaced the drive and all is well. It automatically does everything.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: When you install there software "3ware 3DM2" you get a nice web page. It allows you to do everything through the browser: Setup alerts when disk fail. Migrate raids and disks. Replace disks and much more.

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5 out of 5 eggsCould not ask for better!

Pros: Want a card that can last forever, extremely easy to use, and solid like nothing else in your system, with management that just works?
This is the one! I will also claim this statement all the 9650SE cards.

Cons: None. Everything just works, and has on three other systems I've used this 8LPML and 4LPML cards on. I couldn't imagine building a RAID system for anyone and not using one of these devices.

Other Thoughts: I have been a user of a single 9650SE-8LPML for the last 10 years! Without a single hiccup from the device. My server is running CentOS 5 (initially CentOS 4) with 6 WD RE3-GP 1 Tera drives. The server is used to store all my documentation, photos, music, and movies. I stream movies from this system EVERY day (my kids more so), and has not been turned off for more than 10 hours in ten years (only reason for the 10 hours was the OS upgrade, moving homes, and lengthy power outages).
I just had one of my drives fail, so I am back to Newegg to pick a few up, and figured I better comment on this card.

I have read other posts about WD Black drives falling out of raid, and this is due to a sleep bit on these drives. They are not Enterprise (RE) which are made for RAID use. But I also just read a post where someone got one of these cards and that problem went away. Just another reason to condone and love this device!

Thank you 3ware, and thank you Newegg!!

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  • Howard R.
  • 1/21/2011 8:39:31 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect

Pros: Perfect

Cons: Expensive

Other Thoughts: 5 drives in raid 6.

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  • Dan G.
  • 1/11/2011 8:09:39 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent card

Pros: 8 SATA ports, PCIeX4, onboard memory and raid 5 calculations, excellent compatibility, no problems with my Asus P6T. Actually allowed me to raid 5 4X 750GB Caviar Black drives without issue! Something I'll keep around for years to come. Probably the only piece I won't replace in the next year.

Cons: pricey, but worth the expenditure. not 6Gb SATA, not PCIe 2.0. :(

Other Thoughts: I got mine free due to helping out a LSI rep that wanted to sell my company on using their new raid arrays in our products. (All he did was take some pictures of how we used the old arrays, I didn't give him any proprietary data or company secrets.)

I tried using the Intel ICH10R controller to raid 4 WD 750GB Caviar Black drives together, but the stupid thing kept dropping one drive (all 4 were dropped at various points, so not a bad drive) and it would have to rebuild. I gave up on them for a while, until I got this controller. This controller allowed me to use those same drives without issue, plus split them into 2 separate volumes so that the bios could boot from it and still give me the whole capacity. 350MB/s, 4X750GB RAID 5! awesome!

I am so happy I got this controller.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/21/2010 10:36:11 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBest RAID evar

Pros: Reliable and fast.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I've ran 9650 with 8 drives for three years now. 3 different motherboards.
This has been perfect and worry free RAID solution.

BTW, I did initially RAID5, but moved to RAID6.


For those who are complaining about this card go and build paper planes or something...

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  • Charles B.
  • 9/15/2010 1:58:42 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsconfirmed: Great speed but locks up under load

Pros: Great features, speed, etc. Wonderful everything you need.

Cons: Locks up under load, random. Won't lock up on the bench.

Problem/Solution? Heatsink is very small and gets WAY to hot. It IS a over heating problem. Either replace heatsink with a heatsink/active cooling, or add a fan. Some how get it to stay cool.

Other Thoughts: Heatsink put on this card from the factory is WAY TO SMALL and does NOT handle LOADS. If you have or want this card plan on reworking the cooling system for this card.

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