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LSI Internal SATA/SAS SAS3081E-R 3Gb/s PCI-Express 1.1 RAID Controller Card, Single

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  • RAID 0/1/1E/10E
  • 2 x miniSAS Internal Connectors
  • Up to 3Gb/s Transfer Rate

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
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  • Jeffrey W.
  • 6/29/2010 2:32:21 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCauses Ubuntu 10.04 to kernel panic

Pros: Support two arrays on one card.

Cons: Does not come with cables.
Causes kernel panics on Ubuntu 10.04 Server x64. It won't even get through an mkfs without a panic that brings the entire system down.
Module/driver only available in RPM and source forms but the source refuses to compile.
LSI refuses to even look at the problem and stated that they have not seen any issues on any "supported" OS. Lies. Look on RHEL's bug tracker and you will find documented problems on a "supported" OS.

LSI won't even look at you if you are not running the particular versions of RHEL and SLES that they like.

Other Thoughts: 2.6.31-21-server
Ubuntu Server 10.04 x64
For SATA, the cables you need are: 3ware CBL-SFF8087OCF-10M

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  • Gail B.
  • 5/18/2010 12:34:11 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsGreat card

Pros: Works in almost any OS. Great for ZFS (opensolaris or FreeBSD) if flashed with IT firmware. Works with expanders.

Cons: aging chip (LSI SAS1068e) This isn't a major con, because honestly, these are still amazing and will probably be very nice for years to come

Other Thoughts: Intel has a rebranded version of this card which is 50 dollars cheaper. Intel SASUC8I (Newegg Product # N82E16816117157 )

In all honesty, it is a much better deal. Don't let the picture newegg has up on the intel card fool you, it is IDENTICAL. If you don't believe me, do your own research. I own 3 of the intel cards and 2 of the LSI cards and you can't tell them apart. The intel cards even come wiht LSI part numbers.

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  • David J.
  • 1/24/2010 9:58:43 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSimple, Well supported, Good Price

Pros: Well supported under linux.

Based on the LSI SAS1068E controller, this is the same controller found on many servers as an on-motherboard chip.

Simple design, been around for several years, solid SAS/SATA 3Gbps/lane controller.

Now that SAS 6Gbps/lane controllers are starting to show up, this 3Gbps/lane controller has come down in price and a great buy.

Cons: No RAID5/6 XOR engine on chip, but that's just fine as software based RAID is usually better these days.

Not a SAS 6Gbps controller.

Other Thoughts: PCI ID: 1000:0058, PCI Subsys ID: 1000:3140

Doesn't include any cables. You must have or get SFF-8087 (forward) cables such as the 3ware CBL-SFF8087OCF-05M

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  • Peter G.
  • 1/2/2010 11:24:20 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsusable.. somewhat

Pros: High performance - unless you're using a hundred or so drives with expanders, your drives will be the bottleneck. 400mb/sec is typical for me
Supports bootable raid in hardware for any OS.
Supports linux out of the box via mptsas module in mainstream kernels.
Passes drives directly to OS if no raid is configured*(see problems).
Supports hot-plug
Needs no battery
under linux, you can flash the card's bios/firmware from within the OS.. WITHOUT rebooting when you're done!!

Cons: two MAJOR drawbacks prevent this card from reaching it's potential.
First, under linux 2.6.26 (debian stable) IO errors occured if the drives were not part of a raid.. I.E. if you just throw some drives at this and use software raid, it goes bad. If you create a bootable raid, the drives work fine.. Note as advertized the controller supports striping/mirroring only.. no parity raids like raid 5 or 6. Raid 1E works great.
Second drawback - you are limited to two logical drives, and if you use raid 1E, a total of ten disks per logical drive. this device supports expanders, and 144 devices..144-20=124 unusable drives!

Also.. on my motherboard i was unable to enter this card's bios unless I configured the motherboard to boot a drive on this card first. When you hit ctrl-C at the bios's pre-load, it does not load bios then, but triggers it to boot bios on the boot phase, which it may not get to if another device takes priority. this seems minor, but irritating

Other Thoughts: Interwebs implies that kernels prior to 2.6.13 would not have errors, so maybe it's a driver issue. maybe it will get fixed. Maybe this doesn't exist in solaris or windows, but i have linux. Overall this product is usable. It may give you headaches you do not expect. Don't plan on accessing the disks directly, and know the raid limitations (2 logical drives, max 10 physical disks per logical disk), which means it's pointless to use w/ expanders.

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  • William G.
  • 8/27/2009 4:46:58 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsno good with intel d975xbx2

Pros: LSI usually works with solaris.

Cons: reply from LSI support:

If the HBA was detected on an alternate motherboard, it sounds like it is simply incompatible with the D975XBX2.
The above alternate motherboard was a Sun Ultra 40 that could not possibly
use it, all 8 drive bays are covered by the motherboard LSI HBA chip.

Using a Intel d975bx2 motherboard neither solaris or the bios see the card.

Updated to latest bios available, no change


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  • Anonymous
  • 7/24/2009 11:55:58 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Controller

Pros: It worked out of the box with my Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H, however my Intel® DQ35JO needed to have its bios flashed to the latest version 1056. After the hardware issue was resolved, it detected right away under OpenSolaris 0906. My 6 drive RAIDz pool performs at about 250 MB/s read and write. I will not be using the built in RAID function however, this is a software raid under ZFS.

Cons: no regular raid 10, just raid 10E.

Other Thoughts: It does not come with cables, however, you can buy them as another reviewer reviewed.

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5 out of 5 eggsLow-Profile SATA/SAS HBA w/ Excellent Linux Support

Pros: Only had the card about a month, so can't comment on reliability. However, migrating drives from embedded SB700/SB800 SATA controller to this card was seamless under Linux kernel 2.6.28-11. Hot swap seems to work great as well. To answer the previous reviewer's question, this product does not come with cables. I ended up purchasing a pair of 3WARE SFF-8087 breakout cables.

Cons: None as of yet.

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  • David W.
  • 5/14/2009 7:27:16 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat with win 7 x64

Pros: Works great, is fast. I am using it to mirror two Fujitsu SAS drives for OS, and to stripe four Barracuda drives for data, and it is doing everything right. The Vista x64 software works fine in Win 7 x64.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Someone asked about cables: none. I bought for $20/ea and like them. Note the 1m length, which I wanted because I have a tower system...

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/26/2009 4:48:08 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsDoes it come with the fanout-cables?

Pros: Seems solid; driver support under Linux should be really good.

Cons: Not sure whether it comes with cables ...

Other Thoughts: This seems like a really nice card, no hardware XOR operations, but for that price, that's more then okay. The thing I'm missing is whether it comes with the cables like the other kits do. According to the LSI site there is only one 'package' for this card type, the LSI 000151 which does come as a kit with the fanout cables.

On newegg you can see images of the cables from all other LSI products, but not this one and I haven't found another version of this one here ...

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