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3Ware 9650SE-2LP-SGL, Half-Length, Low Profile, Internal SATA II Hardware RAID Controller Cardm, PCI Express x1, 2 port w/ 3Gb/sec, RAID 0, 1, JBOD and Single Disk- Single

  • RAID 0/1 JBOD and Single Disk
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9650SE-2LP SGL


SATA II (3.0Gb/s)
PCI Express
Cache Memory
128 MB DDR2 533
RAID 0/1 JBOD and Single Disk
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 For complete OS listing, Go to:


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 the benefits of SCSI using inexpensive Serial ATA drives .
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.
- 3ware BIOS Manager 2 (3BM2) – 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.
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.
RoHS Compliant

Manufacturer Warranty

3 years limited

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

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  • Abner D.
  • 8/24/2012 10:11:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsProfessional Equipment

Pros: This is equipment clearly intended for professional use. There are no wizards or anything. Drivers are very mature, you can tell that whatever is happening behind the scenes for this 2-port card is definitely based on its bigger, badder sibling's code. That's reassuring.

I'm running this in Windows 7 x64 without issues (yet).

Cons: Not for someone with weak technical knowledge. If you are looking to plug this in and then magically create your first ever RAID 6 array without reading any documentation, you will be mistaken.

Also, The 3DM2 service needed to be replaced with a patched one from their site (requires stopping the service from Administrative Tools > Services). This was very easy to find in LSI's knowledgebase.

Not a big deal, but this unit does not support BBU. I'd say you can safely enable Write Cache if you have a decent UPS.

Other Thoughts: If this is your first RAID array, I don't recommend going RAID 0. Please don't do that to yourself. I accidentally unplugged a hard drive cable when closing the case, and had to rebuild my RAID 1 array -- no big deal. If it had been RAID 0, it would have been sad.

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  • Jeff S.
  • 3/10/2011 1:11:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice card... NO BATTERY BACKUP SUPPORT

Pros: I purchased this card because I've had success with previous models of 3ware cards. It works with windows 7 x64 and x32.

Cons: This card DOES NOT support a battery backup option, even though Newegg says it does.

Other Thoughts: I've contacted Newegg support to notify them I spoke with a 3ware technician, and he stated that the card does not support a battery backup card. Hopefully they'll remove the incorrect information.

This card is a very good card though if you are looking for something better than a soft raid. I've had no problems with it.

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  • Farhad R.
  • 2/14/2011 2:29:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNO window7

Pros: can't think of one

Cons: NO window7. for $190 you would think this would work with window7 ,

Other Thoughts: if you are not using windows7 , it might work out fine for you

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  • Gerald H.
  • 12/15/2010 10:51:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUsed in my desktop Video RAID

Pros: A very nice card so far. I attached a pair of WD6400AAKS blue drives to it and get throughput of about 175MB, which is good enough for me to edit AVCHD video using Adobe Premiere CS4. Set up was simple, and Windows 7 Pro found the proper driver online.

Cons: None, so far.

Other Thoughts: I've used a number of software RAID cards in the past, but this is my first true hardware RAID controller and can't complain.

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  • Robert B.
  • 12/4/2010 3:58:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAWESOME!

Pros: *PCI-E x1
*Low Profile bracket included
*2 independent SATA connectors--no multi-lane cable required
*Works out of box in Ubuntu 9.04 and later (have not tried with earlier versions, but it may work with them as well). Likely will also work with Redhat, SuSE or whichever modern linux distro you choose.
*3DM2 software can be configured to email disk alerts, which is really handy for remote or headless setups. Email notification is not part of the linux management package, but it can easliy be setup using mailx (I have mine setup to email daily at midnight using 'sudo sudo tw_cli /c0 show | sudo mailx -s "RAID Status" <email address>)
*Extremely easy to use
*3ware support is very friendly and knowledgeable, and speak english natively.

Cons: BBU is not included. This is literally the only con I can think of.

Other Thoughts: Make sure to use enterprise class RAID drives. I have several of these controllers, as well as a few 4 port and a 16 port 3ware card. All of them have either Seagate ES.2 or Western Digital RE3/RE4 drives attached. After several months of use, there have been absolutely no problems.

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  • Hrant L.
  • 5/18/2010 3:35:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat RAID 0/1 card

Pros: works great in WinXPx32/WinVistax64. Driver support is up to date. Deditated CPU+RAM. Support for all tyrpes of OSes. PCI-Express.

Cons: pricey for a dual SATA Controller.

Other Thoughts: All I wanted was a fast, smart PCI Express card. Got it goin' on her with this...

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  • David A.
  • 2/2/2010 8:22:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsConfigured with Vista 64bit Home Edition

Pros: Fantastic speed even in RAID 1 as compared to standalone drive. Easy to use bios and raid configuration. If you are looking for a RAID 0/1 on a PCIE X1 slot then this is your card. I compared this against many of the other cards before purchasing.

Cons: none - great card.

Other Thoughts: I only had a pcie X1 slot available on my motherboard and I amusing this to run a RAID 1 for my user files. Installation was easy. I downloaded the most recent 9.5.3 codec set iso direct from 3ware and burned it to CD. It was easy to update both the drivers and card firmware. I also receive very good phone support from 3ware when I called to inquire about the card prior to purchase.

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