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Item#: N82E16816116045

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

  • RAID 0,1,5,6,10,50,Single Disk,JBOD
  • 4 x Multi-lane Internal Connectors
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9650SE-16ML SGL


SATA II (3.0Gb/s)
Internal Connectors
4 x Multi-lane
PCI-Express x8
Cache Memory
256 MB DDR2 533
RAID 0,1,5,6,10,50,Single Disk,JBOD
Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows 2003/XP/2000, Red Hat Linux, SuSE Linux, Fedora Linux, 2.4 Linux kernel, 2.6 Linux kernel, FreeBSD; 32/64-bit driver support for Windows, Linux and FreeBSD


Form Factor : Full Height
Port Count: 16
Connector Type: Multi-lane
BBU Support: Yes

8th-generation StorSwitch non-blocking switched architecture.
On-board I/O RISC processor and RAID offload provides true hardware RAID.
Bootable array support for greater fault tolerance.
Variable stripe size for performance tuning by application.
64-bit LBA support.
ATA pass-through mode support.
32 pooled DMA channels.
Complete configuration management suite.
SNMP support.
SMTP support for email/pager notification.
ATA/6 and Out of band (OOB) staggered drive spin-up support.
Auto carving allows LUNs > 2TB to be divided into multiple units for legacy operating systems limited to 2TB max. per LUN.
Battery Backup Unit (BBU) support.
Multiple logical unit sizes and RAID levels on one card.
Multiple card support within a system for large storage requirements.
Hot-swap and hot-spare support for data availability.
Dynamic sector repair for robust data protection.
S.M.A.R.T. disk drive monitoring for reliability.
Emergency Flash Recovery protects against failed firmware upgrade.
Drive activity LED support.
Online Capacity Expansion and RAID Level Migration.
Enhanced data protection with write journaling for non-redundant arrays and accidental drive removal.
Drive insertion and removal notification.
Array/Drive Status and drive identification LED support. (requires 3ware Chassis Control Unit-enabled backplane)
Chassis Control Unit for enclosure management via I2C.

Manufacturer Warranty

3 years limited

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 0 day

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  • William S.
  • 5/2/2007 2:12:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

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
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

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
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

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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