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3ware 9690SA-4I4E KIT PCI-Express x8 Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Controller Card

  • RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50 and Single Disk
  • 1 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS Internal Connectors
  • 1 x SFF-8088 mini-SAS External Connectors
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The LSI 3ware 9690SA-4I4E KIT features 8th-generation StorSwitch non-blocking switched architecture for maximum controller throughput 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, it ensures complete investment protection for existing SAS implementations.

  • newegg SAS 3Gb/s Compliant The LSI 9690SA-4I4E KIT features SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) ports to provide 3Gb/s data transfer rates for optimum performance, efficiency, convenience and flexibility.
  • newegg RAID Support The LSI 3ware 9690SA-4I4E KIT supports multi-level RAID configuration including RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10,50 and Single Disk for better performance, enhanced data security and flexible capacity upgrades.
  • newegg 512MB On-board Memory The LSI 3ware 9690SA-4I4E KIT features 512MB on-board DDR2 533 ECC protected memory for maximum data integrity.
  • newegg PCI Express x8 Interface The LSI 3ware 9690SA-4I4E KIT features the PCI Express x8 interface which provides sufficient throughput and full-duplex operation for enhanced performance.

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9690SA-4I4E KIT


Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)
External Connectors
1 x SFF-8088 mini-SAS
Internal Connectors
1 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS
PCI-Express x8
Cache Memory
512MB DDR2 533
RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50 and Single Disk
Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows Vista/2003/XP, 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
7.3" x 2.7"


8th-generation StorSwitch non-blocking switched architecture
On-board I/O RISC processor and RAID offload provides true hardware RAID
SCSI device driver model to take advantage of SAS or inexpensive Serial ATA drives
Bootable array support for greater fault tolerance of your OS
Variable stripe size for performance tuning by application
Support for greater than 2TB volumes
128 max disk drives via SAS expanders
Complete configuration management suite
3ware BIOS Manager (3BM) – easy to use BIOS configuration tool
3ware Disk Manager 2 (3DM2) – browser-based management tool
Command Line Interface (CLI) – scriptable configuration tool
SNMP support
SMTP support for email/pager notification
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
Remote Battery Backup Unit (BBU) support
Write journaling for improved performance and data protection against accidental drive removal
Multiple SAS/SATA RAID sets
Multiple logical unit sizes and RAID levels on one card
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
Array/Drive Status and drive identification LED support
Enclosure management via I2C and SES 2.0
Drive insertion and removal notification.
Online Capacity Expansion and RAID Level Migration
RoHS compliant
Low profile form factor
PCI Express x8 configurations, PCI Express 1.1 compliant
Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) 1.1 specification support
SATA 2.6 specification support
BIOS PnP (plug and play) and BBS (BIOS boot specification) support

Manufacturer Warranty

3 years limited

Quick Info


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

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  • John R.
  • 12/9/2012 7:37:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great

Pros: Easy setup, 3DM web management works for the storage and firmware updates. Has temp sensors for your monitoring tools. Linux Support. This model supports external drives. Black Friday pricing. Fast array build times. SSD support.

Cons: SATA 1 & 2 only. "Kit" only includes SFF backplane cable, not the SATA fanout. Need to order separately. Make sure your drivers are current before updating the firmware.

Other Thoughts: Currently testing with different sets of drives and cages. Gets extremely hot during normal ops, all the way up the slot bracket. Handle with care post shutdown. With SATA3 RAID common, this is adequate for workstation, SMB server use.

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