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LSI LSI00051-F PCI Express SATA / SAS MegaRAID 8308ELP Kit 8 Port 3G 128MB

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  • RAID 0/1/5/10/50
  • Two SAS SFF8087 x4 Internal Connectors
  • Up to 3Gb/s per port

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 0 day
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  • Shawn C.
  • 10/9/2007 7:11:05 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great!

Pros: I have used LSI logic controllers in Dell servers and all my workstations for years. This one doesn't disappoint; works perfectly out of the box. I didn't have to use a "server" motherboard or anything; just the 2nd available PCI-X slot in a generic Asus PK-5. The PCI-Xpress states that a PCI-Xpress x16 slot is electrically compatible with a 4x slot, so you should be good. It won't work with a x1 PCI-Xpress slot though.
Running 6 drives (2 in a Raid 1 mirror); soon to be a Raid5. Simple to setup, works great as a bootable controller for XP32. The web interface is easy to use (make sure you have a mouse plugged in!)

Cons: Adds about 20 seconds for each boot to initialize. Other than that, rocket speed! Won't allow write-back cache without a battery backup unit installed. Java based Windows utility forces you to login to it everytime, and is like everything else Java based. Kludgy and slow.

Other Thoughts: Newegg rocks!

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/3/2007 7:25:36 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Raid 5 Abilities

Pros: This is a very fast card. You will need a PCIx4 Slot to use its full capabilites, though. Raid 5 is very very fast on it. (I am getting 35-40 mb/s write speeds, compared to only 10-15 for the onboard solution provided by ASUS Sil-Image 3114 card. It is very easy to set up and configure the Windows management software. It is also a snap to have Linux recognize the arrays after you initialize them. (Ubuntu sees as one huge drive without driver problems). It was very easy to connect the cables and there were no shortage of cabling (cables are quite long, so you can store your hard drives in an external case if you like). Staggered spin up allows your power supply to not be killed by all your drives starting at once.

Cons: It runs quite hot. And by that I mean very hot. You will need to put a fan on this baby at the very least to keep it from killing itself. The linux management tools are almost impossible to install, but if you have a ps/2 mouse, that isn't a problem as you can configure the drives in the BIOS. This device seems to hinder s3 sleep, so keep that in mind if you have your computer go to sleep after so much inactivity, you may never come back from it.
The battery is not included, keep that in mind.
The card takes quite a long time to boot up, so if you are building this computer to race from pressing the on button to login screen, this isn't what you want, but if you want a good overall card that is a workhorse, this is it.

Other Thoughts: The LSI site is under construction, and at the time of writing this, downloading from their site is next to impossible, hopefully they fix this in the future. I really wish they would include the battery backup unit, as their firmware won't allow write through without it, but when you configure the drives, there is no flag to let you know of this small problem. It is a sturdy thing you would put in a server, with plenty of room for expansion, installing was a breeze and so was using the drives afterward. It is fast, easy and quite nice to use the drives in RAID 5, much nicer than the on board solutions provided by the Mother board.

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  • Timur I.
  • 4/27/2007 1:59:32 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat high-speed SAS controller!

Pros: high-performance, 8-ports, good software

Cons: running hot - needs active cooling, doesn't come with BBU

Other Thoughts: Asus Striker motherboard, E6600,
4 x Cheetah SAS 36GB. IOMeter shows 256K Sequential Read speed - 360MB/s!

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  • Gregory A.
  • 4/25/2007 6:06:07 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWatch out on the PCI 4X

Pros: Cheap.

Cons: OK - dummy me. I didn't notice that it uses a PCI 4X connection. I guess I got too excited because of the great price.

Other Thoughts: I am sure this is a great board for a server, but few desktops are going to have a PCI 4X slot. I had to return mine and eat the restocking fee.

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  • David W.
  • 4/12/2007 9:55:48 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Perfectly

Pros: It works perfectly for us. We have it running a mission-critical server running our job/sales order processing software that uses a SQL. SuperMicro X7DB3-O Motherboard, 2x 5355 Xeons (Quad core), 16GB Ram. We're running a RAID 1 with the OS, and 2 RAID 5's with 3 drives each. I haven't had any problems mentioned by the other reviewer.

Cons: None really. It does take a while for the card to boot, but that's normal for a server. This isn't a card I would use on a workstation.

Other Thoughts: What works fine for a multi-million dollar business's server may not work for a desktop running mostly consumer-grade hardware. I did not have to use LSI's support, their website was thorough and the product well-documented. LSI has been producing SCSI, SATA RAID and SAS controllers for years for big-name servers (We have a couple legacy servers from a major manufacturer that have been running 3 years with LSI controllers).

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/11/2007 11:10:13 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsUnusable

Pros: Cheap.

Cons: Configured (see below) a single array, with two logical drives. It will not boot in this configuration without tricks (involving an aborted boot from optical). With everything else the same, will boot with -any- number of logical drives, as long as it's not two.

Stalls for 6-9 seconds on about 20% of disk accesses. Brutal.

The cables supplied subsume the SATA power connectors, requiring legacy connectors.

The boot sequence is much longer than needed (for entering the BIOS).

My first request to tech support went ignored for a month. I've since managed a conversation of sorts, but it's not very accommodating. The issues have supposedly been sent to the developers, but I've haven't heard anything and don't expect to.

My first and last experience with LSI.

Other Thoughts: Using with an ASUS A8N5X, 3800+ x2, 4gb RAM, 6-500gb RE2 WD SATAII, W2K3SP2 x32 (and x64). Single array, two logical drives--the boot drive is MBR and about 80gb, the other is GPT and 2250gb. All hardware and software updates applied.

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