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3ware 9650SE-24M8 PCI Express x 8 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Red Hot RAID 6 Controller Card - KIT

  • RAID Levels 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, Single Disk, JBOD
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LSI 3ware 9650SE-24M8 controller card features an 8th-generation StorSwitch non-blocking switched architecture and enables a new level of system reliability, availability, and performance to businesses that are facing storage challenges driven by unprecedented data growth. Offering data transfer rates of up to 3Gb/s per port, the 3ware SATA II controller ensure complete investment protection for implementations.




  • newegg RAID Support The LSI 3ware 9650SE-24M8 supports multi-level RAID configuration including RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10,50, Single Disk and JBOD for better performance, enhanced data security and flexible capacity upgrades.
  • newegg 512MB On-board Memory The LSI 3ware 9650SE-24M8 features 512MB on-board DDR2 533 for maximum data integrity.
  • newegg Hot-swap and Hot Spare The LSI 3ware 9650SE-24M8 includes hot-swap and hot-spare support that automatically comes online to replace the first drive to fail on any array or disk group on the controller.

Learn more about the 3ware 9650SE-24M8




SATA II (3.0Gb/s)
PCI Express x 8
Cache Memory
512 MB DDR2 533
RAID Levels 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


Form Factor : Full Height
Port Count: 24
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.


Package Contents
Installation Guide
Resource Disk

Manufacturer Warranty

3 years limited

Quick Info


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

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  • Dale S.
  • 10/22/2009 7:43:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest RAID6 config I've ever found...

Pros: Extremely robust configuration options on this card. If you are technically savvy, the 3DM2 configuration utility if a breeze... if you are not as savvy, it is still pretty intuitive. 3ware's technical support is the best that there is... PERIOD! I recently contacted them with questions regarding a setup using drives that are not on their tested/approved list and they were still able/willing to give me all of the information that I needed to address the minor issue that I was experiencing. RAID6 perfomance is out-of-this-world.

Cons: Absolutely none whatsoever!

Other Thoughts: I build custom media centers and high-end media servers for a living. I trust all of my build to 3ware RAID cards because they are simply the best. I particularly like the fact that they can email me with information regarding drive status/failures... this allows me to advance replace a failed drive and arrive on-site with a replacement and know exactly which drive has failed.

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  • Andrew B.
  • 6/27/2008 8:44:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth Every Penny

Pros: Lightning fast. Storswitch technology actually works. Multiple I/O streams to different LUNs don't lower performance.

Cons: Price. Fixed cache, non-expandable. Doesn't come with discrete sata connectors. Those must be ordered from 3ware.

Also, ordering everything you need, esp. backplanes/cabling and a battery backup, puts the price much higher than you see on this page.

Other Thoughts: After doing a lot of research on RAID controllers, I went with 3ware. I was not disappointed. No noticeable performance decrease moving from RAID-5 to 6. IOMeter shows the advertised 700 MB/s transfer rates. However, sustained, single I/O streams (drag and drop) still chug along at 30-60 MB/s. Running various LUNs at different raid levels, 18 disks total, ~6TB usable storage, and this thing handles all of it.

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