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

  • RAID 0/1/5/6/10/50/60
  • 2 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS Internal Connectors
  • 512MB DDRII cache (800MHz)
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The LSI MegaRAID SAS 9260-8i RAID controller offers a new level of flexibility and performance to servers and workstations by supporting both high-performance SAS hard drives and cost-effective, high-capacity SATA drives, as well as energy-efficient SSDs. Supporting RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50 and 60, it can not only backup data but can also extend the storage capacity of a system significantly.

It supports the industry’s fastest bus speeds at PCI-Express 2.0 X8 and offers complete connectivity with 2 internal mini-SAS connectors. Using an industry-leading RAID on Chip (ROC) processor and 512MB of DDR2 write cache, this high-performance PCIe-to-SAS RAID host adapter delivers enterprise-class performance for mission critical server applications.

  • newegg SAS 6Gb/s Compliant The LSI MegaRAID SAS 9260-8i supports both 6Gb/s SAS and previous-generation SAS/SATA hard drives, enabling new levels of server storage scalability, performance and reliability.
  • newegg RAID Support The LSI MegaRAID SAS 9260-8i supports multi-level RAID configuration including RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50 and 60 for better performance, enhanced data security and flexible capacity upgrades.
  • newegg PCI Express 2.0 x8 Interface The LSI MegaRAID SAS 9260-8i features a PCI Express 2.0 x8 interface to provide fast signaling for high-bandwidth applications.

Learn more about the LSI LSI00202


Form Factor
Low Profile Ready


Internal Connectors
2 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS
PCI-Express 2.0
Transfer Rate
Up to 6Gb/s
Cache Memory
512MB DDRII cache (800MHz)
RAID 0/1/5/6/10/50/60


SafeStore Encryption Services for more secure data protection
Low-profile MD2 form factor for space-limited 1U and 2U environments

Manufacturer Warranty

3 years limited

Quick Info


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

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  • Joseph Z.
  • 4/29/2014 1:28:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGood concept but poor execution

Pros: Not many RAID card offers RAID 60 configuration. This is one of the few that I researched.

Cons: It worked the first time. But after reboot, I can no longer enter into WebBIOS. Don't know if this is a problem with the new UEFI BIOS or not, since the card was with 2012 packaging.

Other Thoughts: There is no way to change the wait time during boot. It takes a looooooong time.

Also, poor documentation. The vendor expects users to go online and download manuals electronically. When it comes to time to troubleshoot, I don't really have the manual handy to enter into BIOS and run command lines.

It also ran hot, so I have to install a 120mm fan on the side panel to keep the case cool.

I returned it.

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  • Lee B.
  • 2/20/2013 6:13:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsExcellent

Pros: Worked great out of the box. I installed this in a EVGA E762 classified and it worked no problem without updating the firmware. The setup gui was better than the others made it out to be, although my mouse didn't work (probably due to being run through a multi port usb hub). The card is very small in real life, it fit right between two GTX 480 hydro coppers with good air gaps. The card also works flawlessly with WD Sata III 3TB Reds. Incredible bandwidths on these cards!

Cons: The battery backup unit is ridiculously expensive, you guys have got to be kidding me! Drop the price on those, or at least make them last a very long time. This is the reason you guys get 4/5 eggs, the price on the BBU is a little too greedy methinks.

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  • Erik D.
  • 2/6/2013 3:28:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing customer service

Pros: * Amazing customer service -- everyone had thought my RAID was dead forever, with terabytes of lost data, but LSI calmly walked me through diagnosis and got my RAID back to an online state, which let me recover all of my data!
* Great performance even with complex encoding like RAID6 over 8 drives (when battery backup is online -- slow writes otherwise).
* Worked reliably over 2 years.

Cons: * Battery backup didn't last very long (~2 years), so had to replace, which wasn't terribly cheap.

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  • Noah P.
  • 11/5/2012 7:29:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSpeed Racer

Pros: Setup is simple. Support is ample. Tech support helped with all my questions before I received the card. Youtube videos cover basic setup too. Buy a battery back-up for the entire machine. It is cheaper than the add-on card.

Cons: Price, but you get what you pay for. Wish these had the new super capacitor backup the new intel cards have.

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  • Amber B.
  • 10/29/2012 2:40:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsEnjoying it

Pros: Great card does wonders

Cons: Takes forever to do an online raid 5 expansion.

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  • Jonathan C.
  • 10/6/2012 12:11:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: Audible Alert is awesome, and FRIGGIN LOUD. It went off on me, and woke up my entire house, one of my room mates thought it was a smoke alarm going off.

It just works.

I set up a RAID 5 array using the web bios in about 10 minutes.

I love the fact this comes with all the cables you need.

decent rebuild time, a 6TB RAID 5, with 4TB of data on it, took around 8 hours to fully rebuild.

Cons: no JBOD support

I understand from a high level controller like this, nobody would really use it, but I have at least liked to see this as an option. A workaround is to create each drive as a separate single disk RAID 0.

Other Thoughts: I noticed the firmware on the drives in my array was out of date. (The firmware versions are listed at startup)

So I went to the seagate website and downloaded the firmware updater. Luckily for me I only updated the firmware of one of my drives. I wanted to see if it work before updating the rest of my drives.

Upon reboot, the audible alarm went off, and signaled that my RAID 5 array was in a degraded state. The controller then rebuilt the array automatically...which is nice.

But I can't believe a simple firmware update would cause the controller to think a drive had died.

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  • Ganesh K.
  • 9/29/2012 12:35:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast and just works

Pros: Just works. Put it in anything and it will work perfect. I have used dozens of these and have never had one not work. Setup of the array is easy. Bootable, fast and reliable. I have never had an issue with any bios or other card causing issues with these. The i4 version is also solid and basically the same card.

Cons: The placement of the connections is a little off putting at first. But I have not had any issues bending the cables as needed. I regularly use U2 cases and this has never caused any issues. Does however make me choose the slot closest to the side of the case to make sure if I need to add another card, that the cables are not an issue.

Other Thoughts: If you have never used a raid card before and need one that will be reliable and easy to setup and use, this is the one.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/27/2012 5:30:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs2.5 years still solid

Pros: - really fast card, even when your array is full
- SATA 6.0Gb on every port. Not that fake half speed Marvel Yukon Sata6Gb either.
- works with some enthusiast boards, like my Asus P6X58 Premium... if you're really careful. read below.
- bootable with multiple arrays
- great knowledgeable phone support. (never tried online support)

Cons: - tricky to configure without QVL server motherboard
- even trickier to boot off without QVL server board. see other thoughts.
- HOT! why is there no fan? what is wrong with you guys? Had to buy PCI card slot fan to use in normal, home, non-server room environment.
- no way to do background spinup of drives on boot, makes computer boot take a lot longer because it waits to spin up all the drives and checks all arrays before starting to load windows.
- don't try to sneak a bunch of junk non-enterprise drives past this card. It's not a drobo, it needs the predictable smart reporting status and firmware of good solid enterprise drives. This won't just save you from pulling a "failed" Caviar Green once every 2 weeks, but will force you to purchase for maximum performance.

Other Thoughts: The problem I see people struggling with in the reviews for this card is option rom. Gamer motherboards don't have as much option rom as server motherboards. This card must require a lot of it. So you have to be very patient during config.

In order to boot off the card, you need to access the bios level config screen for the card. Not having enough option rom causes the motherboard to ignore this request.

I had to remove ALL onboard SATA devices and turn off extraneous devices in the BIOS (extra LAN, terrible Marvel controller, stuff like that), including SATA DVD drive. that got me to the Bios level config, was able to stripe a Kingston HyperX 240Gb SSD, and set it as bootable, next to my 6x 2TB WD RE4 raid6 array.

Once you're done in the BIOS, you can hook up your other devices and manage all other features from LSI Megaraid Windows software.

Turn off S1 & S3 sleep. If you let your mobo sleep with this card, it will appear stone cold until you pull CMOS battery

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  • Adrian B.
  • 1/9/2012 9:41:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsUsable "Budget" RAID Solution

Pros: For the money, it's fast, well supported, and does what I need it to do.

Cons: Worst user interfaces I've ever encountered, both WebBIOS and MegaCLI. If you're not running Windows or Red Hat, you're pretty well stuck administering it from those two tools, and they are awful.

But my biggest gripe is that you cannot migrate "hybrid" RAID types like RAID 10. This means if you have a RAID 1 running, and want to add a couple more disks to expand it as a RAID 1+0, you'd have to back up all your data, delete your virtual drives, and start over.

Also, drive rebuilds are appallingly slow - migrating a two drive RAID 0 to a 3 drive RAID 5 can take, literally, days. When you're stuck doing this from WebBIOS, this means your server is offline for days. Luckily we only use this for a development environment (ESXi 5), so we can stomach the downtime and hassle. But I would not accept this in a production environment, unless I was on a super budget or had a lot of redundant systems and could afford to take some down for long periods.

Other Thoughts: If you're on a tight budget and don't mind some quirks or limitations, this will get the job done. If you've been spoiled working with equipment like HP SmartArrays or enterprise class SANs, you will be frustrated by it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/30/2011 8:31:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsOutstanding Server Raid Card

Pros: Vmware 4.0 & 4.1 supported out of the BOX
Hyper V support
Background Array Formatting (Init)
Flexible Virtual Drive setup (LUN)

Cons: Not for Home Use Windows 7 or XP as some other users complained, however if your wanting to experiment with VMWARE/HyperV ... this will rock on a server setup.

Other Thoughts: Using the 9260's at work for a couple of years now.

At home running on:
Intel 5520HC Dual CPU Motherboard
48GB of RAM
7.2 TB of Storage (Raid 5) on the Megaraid 9260-8i
Bought an open box item for use at home ... works great thus far.

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