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3ware 9650SE-16ML SGL PCI-Express x8 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card - OEM

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  • RAID 0,1,5,6,10,50,Single Disk,JBOD
  • 4 x Multi-lane Internal Connectors
  • Serial ATA/300 External Connectors

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 0 day
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5 out of 5 eggsBattery Back Unit Improves Performance

Pros: I have used the 12 lane unit since December. It's the same card less 1 connector.

Adding the BBU-MODULE-03 is the most important thing that you can do for performance. Without it you have to use the very conservative "Protection" setting which severly limits caching and performance.

The boards are a bit pricey, especially with the BBU, but mine has worked great and their support is real good. I've gone through the learning curve with it and will purchase more units, but only the 16 or 24 lanes.

Cons: Just buy the BBU right off, with the card, and save yourself adding it later, as you will come to the conclusion that you need it.

Other Thoughts: My performance array, in my workstation, is 6 x 150 MB raptors. My primary SQL Server DB is 400GB with several multi-hundred million record tables. I use system to add and relate new data. The process is very random read intense and I write records in blocks up to 10 million at a time. The system runs circles around my Dell 6600 with a terabyte SCSI array. I think that a 12 to 14 Raptor Drive array with the 9650 will be a killer for performance and plan to build one soon.

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  • Tony F.
  • 5/2/2007 8:09:05 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsSo far so good, but slower than marketing hype

Pros: Amazingly simple to set up.

Cons: Slower than marketing hype says. I have 16 x ST3750640AS in a RAID 6 and am not getting anywhere near the 600-700MB/s read/write performance the marketing brochure states. However, it is fast: HD Tach 240MB/s burst, 162MB/s avg read

Other Thoughts: I doubt my mb/cpu is to blame, I have the Intel 975XBX2 and QX6700.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/23/2007 11:59:40 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card, Supports OCE, Fast

Pros: Supports OCE (older versions do not), cable lengths are very long, easy setup, great interface (web), very easy to manage.

Cons: I don't like the scheduling menu, kind of confusing since I thought I had maintenance scheduled, but it didn't work until I played around with it.

Other Thoughts: I thought migration of a 750gb taking 3 days was a long time, that is until I talked to someone who had a 500gb and an adaptec card and it took 12 days for them. Their array (as was mine) were both fully accessible during migration. Be sure to research GPT partition tables before setting your array up if it's going to be larger than 2TBs.

I've had the card for a few months and have added 2 drives and have had 0 problems. I will definitely be buying 3ware again in the future.

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