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The LSI MegaRAID SAS 9260-16i provides a new level of system reliability, availability, and performance for businesses that are facing storage challenges driven by unprecedented data growth. Offering data transfer rates of up to 6Gb/s per port, this controller card ensures complete investment protection for existing SATA and SAS implementations. 6Gb/s SAS is designed for backward compatibility with 3Gb/s SAS as well as with 3Gb/s SATA hard drives. Utilizing the advanced RAID-on-Chip technology, this controller provides a perfect solution for the inside-the-box connectivity with maximum cost efficiency. Regardless of the drive speed, 6Gb/s MegaRAID SAS 9260-16i can deliver up to twice the performance level in both read and write applications as compared to their 3Gb/s predecessors.
Nice so far..
Pros: Up to 16 drives can be setup with the proper 1 to 4 fanout cables.
Cons: Gui bios looks very outdated used to set up array.
Other Thoughts: Set up Raid 5 array with 5 - 2TB WD Red drives and it built it in about 4 hours. Make sure you use the proper drive types for this.. and any raid card. Some drives handle their own error checking and if they do not report back to the controller within a certain time period this can make the controller card "think" the drive has failed. Not a fault of the LSI card.
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Great features, poor performance
Pros: - Has 16 ports on one card.
Cons: TERRIBLE performance for any RAID configuration that uses parity, (RAID 5/6/50/60)!!! VERY UNHAPPY WITH THIS CARD. In Windows Server 2012, copying large 40GB+ VHD files from a RAID 10 array to a RAID 5, speeds started off great (300Mbps+) until it ran out of memory (OS caching files), then the speed dropped to below 5Mbps.
Other Thoughts: I installed this card in a new server I am building with Windows Server 2012 Datacenter edition, using a nice Supermicro mobo. I was hoping to be able to use RAID 50 or 60.
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Best overall in 16 port choices
Pros: I've owned this LSI 16i controller for over a year now and have been astonished by it's capabilities. I've migrated RAID configurations several times this year alone for greater data redundancy, and this LSI product handled it all. Keep in mind that the compatability list from LSI regarding enclosures and drives are limited. But I ignored that list and configured drives and enclosures as I needed and have had NEAR 100% success. (not complete success mind you). It handles my Seagate SAS, SATA and OCZ Vertex RAID configurations flawlessly. Polling, consistency check's, Controller & Drive cache choices, power management options and the like will keep your drives healthy and performing great for a long time. The list of features is long, so visit the LSI website and check it out as needed. Oh yeah, you can boot from any array you create on this controller.
Cons: Ram not upgradeable.
Other Thoughts: This product doesn't ship with any Mini SAS/SATA fanout cables. Shop around on Newegg or... even elsewhere as I have. QUALITY cables are *critical* for best reliability.
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Great upgrade from my dell Perc 6i
Pros: 16 ports without expander
Cons: Does not come with cables, but with many configurations of outputs I can see why
Other Thoughts: Wish HDD prices were cheaper. Once they are again this will go into a Norco hotswap case instead of my desktop server.
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“16 ports without expander— eclsnowman 2/12/2012
up to 128 drives with additional expander
Cachecade ssd+Hdd capable (addon $)”
“TERRIBLE performance for any RAID configuration that uses parity, (RAID 5/6/50/60)!!! VERY ...”— TomB 12/14/2012