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LSI MegaRAID Internal Low-Power SATA/SAS 9260-8i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 w/ 512MB onboard memory RAID Controller Card, Single--Avago Technologies

  • RAID 0/1/5/6/10/50/60
  • 2 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS Internal Connectors
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  • Mark V.
  • 4/1/2015 6:43:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsNice card, but...

This review is from: LSI MegaRAID Internal Low-Power SATA/SAS 9260-8i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 w/ 512MB onboard memory RAID Controller Card, Single--Avago Technologies

Pros: - Fantastic performance with HDDs
- Can force write back without a BBU
- MegaRAID software is nice

Cons: - Getting suboptimal performance with SSDs in RAID (see other thoughts)
- Really could use a fan on the heatsink, especially with BBU present
- BBU costs a pretty penny

Other Thoughts: The card is very nice and gets the job done. I've got it installed on an ASRock Z77 mobo with a 3770K and running Windows HP right now.

At the moment this is mostly for testing this card to deploy 9266s and possibly 927X's in builds I do on the X99 chipset.

I've also got an LSI BBU08.

RAIDs:
1 RAID5 with 4 x 1TB Seagate Barracuda ($50/ea) HDDs
- write back with BBU
- No disk cache enabled
- Getting just over 600MB/s read & write with both benchmarking (Crystaldisk, 4GB x 5) and with real world large (4GB+ ISOs) between this array and SSDs. So 10/10 on this one and couldn't be happier!

1 x RAID0 with 2 x 120GB Samsung EVO 850s (non pro) rated at over 500MB/s read and write
- Tried with both write back and Write through
- Disk cache enabled (this helped performance of the array)
- Crystal Disk benching shows around 750MB/s read but only 350MB/s write. ATTO shows WAY higher, like 1000/1000 (which is what I want to see...) but I'm starting to seriously question which one of these tools is more accurate. Either way, real world file xfers indicated I'm getting very good read speeds off the array, However, when writing a large file to it (either from a SATA connected SSD on my mobo, or from another array on the LSI card) speed starts well and after 10-20 seconds dwindles down to 300-350MB/s. I can NOT get it to perform better.

1 x RAID0 with 2 x 120GB Kingston SSD v300s (mind you these have a "custom sandforce controller built by LSI"
- Tried the same settings as w/the above Samusung RAID0 and seeing the same issue with writes.
- Even when transferring large files between this RAID0 and the Samsung RAID0 on the same card, and vice versa, I see the same write behavior on both.

I did try 3 x 850 EVOs in a RAID-5 also, same thing, no matter what combo of settings I tried on the array.

So, I'm left a little troubled as I don't get why SSD arrays don't appear to perform well here, except with ATTO (2GB with a queue depth of 10).

For HDD RAIDs though, I'd recommend this to everyone for sure. The MegaRAID app is nice as well and it takes all of 1 minute to configure an array.

Initialization on my RAID 5 w/4 1TB drives took all of 2 hours (would have taken about 12+ hrs using on board RAID w/an X79 chipset, based on multiple experiences). I also tested a rebuild of a drive in that array, only took 2 hours, which is great. It (expectedly) killed the write speeds on the array down to <200MB/s during the rebuild.

Grab the BBU, but shop around for it (sorry newegg...). You can force write back on your array even without the BBU but you'd be stupid to do so.

The chip does run hot as you'll hear from many other reviewers. Mine hasn't got to a level of "too much" concern but I'm putting a fan on it anyway. When you install a BBU the manual even says the max temps you should be allowing are lowered by like 10+ degrees C, so be careful there.

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  • Christopher B.
  • 2/25/2015 8:51:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: LSI MegaRAID Internal Low-Power SATA/SAS 9260-8i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 w/ 512MB onboard memory RAID Controller Card, Single--Avago Technologies

Pros: Fast and reliable Hardware RAID. Supports multiple RAID levels, compatible with a large variety of disks (SAS and SATA) and SAS expander's.
Optional BBU both provides data protection and increased performance (writeback mode).
Many options for managing and configuring your volumes - You've got the WebBIOS graphical setup utility, the preboot cli (a stripped down version of megacli), then there's the MegaRAID Storage Manager software, as well as MegaCLI, and the Storcli utilities.

Cons: Does NOT support JBOD/Passthrough. Disk's MUST be in some kind of Hardware RAID volume in order for them to be presented to the OS. While workable, this makes this card less desirable for use with Software volume management like LVM, SVM, or ZFS.
MegaCLI utility is very powerful, but can be confusing for new users.

Other Thoughts: I bought this card because it's a related model to the 9261-8i which is used in several of the server model's I support.
I have it paired up with an Intel RES2CV240 which it is working well with.

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  • Gary S.
  • 12/25/2012 12:07:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks with ESXi 5.1

This review is from: LSI MegaRAID Internal Low-Power SATA/SAS 9260-8i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 w/ 512MB onboard memory RAID Controller Card, Single--Avago Technologies

Pros: Works out-of-the-box with ESXi 5.1
Connected 4 WD Raptors in 2x RAID 0 configuration. I'm not using the extra ($$$) battery backup. Instead I plug the entire computer into a CyberPower UPS

Cons: The WebBIOS configuration app (accessible during boot via Ctrl+h) is a little tedious. It's usable though I and I was able to manage setup for the 4 raptors.

Other Thoughts: Make sure breakout cables have enough length to reach drives. I'm using the 3ware, .5 meter set and it was a little tight. The next set I but will be at least .6 meter in length (though not sure if the longer cables have socket locks).

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  • f n.
  • 12/19/2012 5:11:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: LSI MegaRAID Internal Low-Power SATA/SAS 9260-8i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 w/ 512MB onboard memory RAID Controller Card, Single--Avago Technologies

Pros: LSI makes good products and this is no exception

Cons: I had one raid 5 that disintegrated
Constant firmware upgrades which makes a stable system almost impossible
Battery warnings while testing the battery every 30 days - this confuses my customers
When a defective drive is replaced it is impossible to silence the alarm
And my biggest problem - exlained all this to customer support and got nothing from them - they dont seem to care

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  • Shane S.
  • 6/1/2012 6:15:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsRough start, but working great now

This review is from: LSI MegaRAID Internal Low-Power SATA/SAS 9260-8i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 w/ 512MB onboard memory RAID Controller Card, Single--Avago Technologies

Pros: Audible alarm told me when one of the drives died.
Configuring the RAID 5 virtual drive with 4x 3TB Seagate 6GB/s took about 5 hours.
If WebBIOS does not work the array can be built from inside the OS using the supplied software.
Works with WHS2011 (so far)

Cons: I had to update firmware to make the Battery Back Up work correctly
Runs very hot, I found a plastic 2.5” harddrive holder that fits in the next expansion slot to which I could attach 2x80mm fans to blow air onto the heatsink, now it runs nice and cool
Does not come with cables

Other Thoughts: Getting into the WebBIOS to configure the array required setting the MB BIOS “Option ROM Messages” setting to “Force BIOS” and the “Interrupt 19 Capture” option to “Enable”, then it would recognize my Ctrl+H keyboard to enter WebBIOS.

WHS 2011
ASUS P8B WS Motherboard
Intel Xeon E3-1235 3.2GHx LGA 1155 Processor
8GB (2x4GB) Kingston KVR1333D3E9SK2/8G
2 x 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM001 Harddrives in a RAID 1 config from Motherboard
LSI MegaRAID 9260-8i and optional Battery Backup
4 x 3TB Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 Harddrives in a RAID 5 config from LSI controller
Antec Titan650 Pedestal Server Case
2x Arctic Cooling F9 92mm Case fans

There was one problem in which the UPS truck was hit by a tornado. Kudos to both UPS and Newegg, the claim was processed and I had the replacement order within a week.

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  • Erik H.
  • 2/24/2010 6:24:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsRe: Bad connector location

This review is from: LSI MegaRAID Internal Low-Power SATA/SAS 9260-8i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 w/ 512MB onboard memory RAID Controller Card, Single--Avago Technologies

Pros: To the user frustrated with the socket location on the 9260-8i, you need to look into the LSI 9261-8i instead. It's the same card but with the sockets at the rear of the card for better routing in 2U servers.

Cons: n/a

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  • Charles L.
  • 2/18/2010 6:12:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsBad connector location

This review is from: LSI MegaRAID Internal Low-Power SATA/SAS 9260-8i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 w/ 512MB onboard memory RAID Controller Card, Single--Avago Technologies

Pros: Don't know. Could not install in my 2U server

Cons: The connectors are the furthest away from the drive backplane of a rackmount enclosure, the supermicro CBL-0188L SAS cables are good 4 to 5 inches short. Also, the cables go in vertically into the RAID controller, and the stiff area where the SAS cables and the SAS cable terminating connector joins sticks well above the top of the card, and I can't close the cover. Thought about getting 1m SAS cables, but I still won't be able to close the cover. I use SSD drives a lot and really want to use this card, but it just won't work in any 1U or 2U rackmount enclosures. The designers put the connectors furthest away from the drive backplane of any rackmount enclosures & vertical connection prohibits installation in any 1U or 2U. Just a bad mechanical design!!! LSI, please fix this asap!!!

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  • Anderson T.
  • 2/10/2010 12:09:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAMAZING RAID CARD!

This review is from: LSI MegaRAID Internal Low-Power SATA/SAS 9260-8i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 w/ 512MB onboard memory RAID Controller Card, Single--Avago Technologies

Pros: Easy to use GUI to configure Virtual Drives and Drive Spans. Onboard memory makes performance and caching features trustable and quick. LSI always makes great RAID controllers if you go for real hardware RAID. Great low profile size fits easily into any computer case.

Cons: Battery Backup Unit is pricey! For the price you pay, it should be included, in my opinion.

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