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3ware 9650SE-4LPML SGL PCI Express x4 Low Profile Ready SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Hardware RAID Controller Card, Integrator 1-Pack

  • RAID 0,1,5,10,Single Disk,JBOD
  • 1 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS Internal Connectors
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Form Factor
Low Profile Ready


SATA II (3.0Gb/s)
Internal Connectors
1 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS
PCI Express x4
Cache Memory
256 MB DDR2 533
RAID 0,1,5,10,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
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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

Quick Info


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

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  • Mark U.
  • 3/21/2013 7:46:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsBBU Issues, No Windows 8 Support

Pros: Economical, speed is better than Intel software RAID

Cons: Product has been orphaned at Windows 7. BBU *never* worked, though I had it sent back twice to get it refurbed. Without the BBU it was slow, tho not as slow as software Intel MBO RAID

Other Thoughts: Unclear how 3Ware has fared after the LSI acquisition. I wouldn't buy this brand again, though I have owned several previously.

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  • Carl H.
  • 7/26/2011 2:31:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsImpressive

Pros: Excellent Performance. I love the Multi-lane connector. It made cabling my 4 1tb dives a breeze.

Cons: No EFI support

Other Thoughts: I could not make a bootable 3TB array because the card is not EFI compliant. But they use something called Carving that I do not have any knowledge of. Perhaps this is their solution to the 2TB Ceiling imposed by server 2008 R2. Must research. Even at the lowest rebuild priority, it rebuilt quickly and the performance was outstanding. After the initial build, the performance was nothing short of stellar. I would recommend this card to any small-mid size server installation.

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  • Carl H.
  • 7/13/2011 5:51:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsResults of test

Pros: Performance is quote good. Nice connector for a break out cable makes drive cabling neater and eaiser.

Cons: No EFI support

Other Thoughts: I put this unit in to replace an inferior RAID controller that took 6 days to build it's array and then the performance was unacceptable. While this new controller was initializing, a drive failed (understandable after that 6-day beating it took and it was a "Recertified" drive as well). The management software notified my email that the unit had failed. The array is running degraded right now and the performance is still impressive.

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  • Carl H.
  • 7/11/2011 1:07:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsInitial results are out

Pros: A raid solution that takes a load off of the main CPU

Cons: Does not seem to be EFI compliant

Other Thoughts: Well, I am impressed with the initial quality of the unit and the BIOS setup utility. For the money I was shocked to find that this card is not EFI compliant (at least not with my Intel UEFI enabled motherboard). Time will tell about the performance. I am still peeved that I am wasting almost a TB of storage due to the lack of EFI compliance.

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  • James S.
  • 4/17/2011 3:51:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRaid card is a breeze!

Pros: Card was easy to configure and made perfect sense when you read the documentation that can be downloaded at the 3ware/LSI homepage.

Cons: Battery backup didn't come with it.

Other Thoughts: Saved money buying the single card and the breakout cable separately, go figure.

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  • Charles N.
  • 4/13/2011 11:58:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorks well - reliable

Pros: - Works very well with all the drives I plugged into it (event newer SSD's).
- Reliable - I own this since 2007 - still up.
- Easy setup in BIOS.
- Instruction manual was helpful.
As for performance, I don't think I ever reached bottleneck, and I have 2 SSD's and 2 rotational disks plugged in.

Cons: As of today, there are better products out there, and this puppy is quite expensive.
Check out the new product generation on LSI website.

Other Thoughts: Recognized my brand new Corsair SSD's and brand new WD Caviars.
Got two of each plugged in.
RAID0 for my SSDs == Windows 7
RAID1 for rotational disks == data

Works perfect. You have to have the controller drivers available during Windows 7 installation.

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  • Timothy K.
  • 3/14/2011 7:31:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsAbysmal

Pros: Performance is acceptable, not stellar, with write cache enabled.

Cons: Performance is about on par with a cd writer without write cache enabled, which should not make that dramatic of a difference. That is NOT an exaggeration (writes at about 5MB/sec). The performance of this card is utterly abysmal. You also really should have the battery module if you have that enabled or you are risking data corruption in the event of power loss. If you get this card, get the battery module as well (another $130 or so). The linux driver also resets frequently whenever it is under load.

Other Thoughts: This was used on Linux with 3 1TB drives in RAID5 configuration. Make sure you google this card and read what people are saying before you buy. I don't think the other reviewers here have much experience with RAID controllers.

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  • Gerhard B.
  • 4/22/2010 4:28:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect mate for Velociraptor hard drives

Pros: FAST! Seriously, this card does RAID 0,1,5 and is SIGNIFICANTLY faster than chipset based RAID, such at the Intel ICH 10R or Marvel SATA III controllers.

Testing using HD Tune Pro shows that the 256MB onboard cache this unit has allows the 3Ware controller to operate a RAID 0 stripe set at ~25% faster then the Intel ICH 10R.

With Velociraptor 600GB drives, I'm seeing read speeds of:

Minimum 147.7 MB/sec
Maximum 241.3 MB/sec
Average 216 MB/sec
Access time 7.9ms
Burst rate 146.9 MB/sec

This is very close overall to certain SSD drives, but the 3Ware 9650SE allows you to add up to 4 drives...

One other thing that is useful with the 9650SE is that you can change motherboards without issue with a Windows OS. Just plug the card in, provide windows with the drivers, and you're up. Kinda handy.

Cons: It's not SATA III, but SATA II seems to perform fine.

Other Thoughts: I'm looking forward to 3Ware / LSI creating a SATA III unit.

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  • Kevin M.
  • 4/4/2010 6:28:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat card, mediocre software

Pros: Based on jokono's review I ordered this card along with the CBL-SFF8087OCF-06M breakout cable, thereby saving myself $30 or so over the retail kit. Thanks dude!

Unit works great. I have 4 SAMSUNG F1 RAID Class HE103UJ 1TB drives and the card saw them immediately. It was easy to create a RAID 5 array. I'm using Ubuntu 10.04 beta, which already has a kernel module for the card. Install went smoothly. Although it did take 20 minutes or so to format my 2.5 TB /home partition :-)

Cons: There is a serious bug in the tdm2 software suite: if you set it to alert you via email for any events, the tdm2 daemon crashes. You have to delete the lockfile and restart the daemon. I downloaded and installed the latest 9.5.3 firmware, no change. I installed the latest tmd2 iso, no change.

To the new LSI overlords: I paid $400 for this card with BBU. Fix this bug. Now please.

Other Thoughts: I'm still giving this 4 stars because it works out of the box with RHEL and Ubuntu and it's real hardware RAID. I bought 8 or 10 or so of these cards at work for various Linux servers and they've all been rock solid. I wish I could say the same thing about tmd2.

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  • Joshua K.
  • 1/14/2010 12:54:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Linux Raid5 solution

Pros: Works out of the box, natively with Linux (specifically Fedora 12). Probably all distros with kernel 2.6.30 and above.
True hardware raid.
BIOS configuration (ALT+3 at POST) is a snap.

Cons: It doesn't come with a SATA breakout cable. So what? Well, it's not exactly clear, without googling around, which cable is needed. I got the 3ware CBL-SFF8087OCF-06M also from Newegg, which works great.

Other Thoughts: Using this card with three Hitachi 2TB drives in a RAID5 configuration. When installing fedora, the default partition table in anaconda is the MSDOS type. This type of table won't allow a partition larger than 2TB. The solution is to boot from a live CD (such as fedora live) and use gparted to create a GPT partition table. Now, I've got a fast, parity-protected /home volume of almost 4TB. Vey nice!

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