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Item#: N82E16816116078

3ware 9650SE-8LPML SGL PCI-Express x4 Low Profile Ready SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Hardware RAID Controller Card, Integrator 1-Pack

  • RAID 0,1,5,6,10,50,Single Disk,JBOD
  • 2 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS Internal Connectors
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Form Factor
Low Profile Ready


SATA II (3.0Gb/s)
Internal Connectors
2 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS
PCI-Express x4
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
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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

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

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  • Dan G.
  • 11/6/2010 5:56:36 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsWell worth the price

Pros: Improves SSD speed by about 20% over Intel ICH10R controllers. RAID 5 performance is very good. With updated drivers, it works quite well with Core i7 based systems running Win7 x64 now. I highly recommend it. it will be useful for years, and easily pay back what you pay for it.

Cons: for single drives, it will wipe the data completely when you attach them to this controller. Be sure you back up your data when attaching anything to this controller or move it from this controller to another controller. Also, does not support TRIM on SSDs under Win7 x64. one egg off for this.

Other Thoughts: got it free thanks to my job, but I had to go buy the cables. I balked at buying this because of the price, but I've learned my lesson now. If this one dies, I'm buying a replacement even if this is $500.

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  • Jeffrey L.
  • 9/7/2010 6:08:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBuyer beware

Pros: Nice form factor

Cons: Does not work in a Nehalem processor environment. Software provided (9.5.2) does not load. 3Ware has apparently been bought by LSI and support is no longer what it used to be. I am sure an updated driver would have helped but none was available for Windows (all other O/S's are at the 10.x level). I have an 8 drive (2tb each) file server.. configuring RAID 5 produced a 8tb array according to the 3Ware firmware. RAID 10 was no better.

Other Thoughts: This is pure speculation but I think the issue is with the IA64 architecture as I have seen this before with other hardware. IA64, formerly Itanium, is Xeon 5400 series and up. The errors elude to 64 bit vs. 32 bit "issues". I am disappointed as the 3ware cards were always rock solid, and the alternatives so far, are not.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/25/2010 4:31:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsRock Solid

Pros: Enterprise class reliability, managability and support. Just migrated from an old Win/XP machine with 3Ware 6 drive RAID 6 to a new machine with Vista/64 without any problems. True hardware RAID. Worth the investment.

Cons: Requires a good working knowedge of RAID concepts, PC internals and OS. Doesn't play well with "green" drives. I used WD Black series with complete success.

Other Thoughts: Outstanding product that exceeded my expectations. To watch drive activity, I built an LED display to plug into the header on the board and mounted it on the front of the case.

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  • Daniel M.
  • 2/23/2010 10:36:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHW Raid

Pros: This card performs. Supporting seven 640GB drives in a RAID 5 config. No issues, 3DM very easy to use.

Cons: Seemed to have an issue when I inserted an already full single drive that was from an older system. Some data loss occurred, but the cause is uncertain.

Other Thoughts: The price jump for a few more ports is outrageous. Couldn't justify the extra buck for the 12-port although I could really use the ports for future growth.

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