LSI MegaRAID SAS 9265/9285 series controller cards, powered by the LSISAS2208 dual-core 6Gb/c SAS RAID-on-Chip (ROC), deliver the industry’s highest server RAID IOPS and bandwidth, extending the performance leadership offered by the existing family of LSI 6Gb/s SATA+SAS MegaRAID controllers. This second-generation 6Gb/s SAS MegaRAID series includes an 8-port internal controller (9265-8i) and 8-port external controller (9285-8e) to address high-performance storage requirements for both inside and outside the server. The low profile MD2 form factor controllers feature the LSISAS2208 SAS ROC IC with two 800MHz PowerPC processor cores and 1GB DDRIII cache memory. The 9265-8i card provide support for up to 128 SATA and SAS hard drives or solid state drives (SSDs), and support hardware RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50 and 60.
LSI uses the latest technology and features on the second-generation 9265/9285 series designed to deliver significant performance improvements over the existing industry-leading LSI 6Gb/s MegaRAID controllers. Additionally, the 9265/9285 controllers outperform the competition with unmatched RAID IOPS, bandwidth and SSD support.
Great for SSD RAID!!!
Pros: 1. very fast
Cons: 1. does generate some heat but not too bad if you have decent cooling in your case
Other Thoughts: I have 8 x Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD's in a RAID 0 connected to this adapter. Using the ATTO benchmark at 64k, I get 2869759 MB/s for read and 2469109 MB/s for the write as transfer rates. At higher than 64k test sizes, I hit a maximum of 3495596 read and 2776918 write which is great! Games load instantly, file copies are fast, and editing multimedia and encoding is lightning fast. I like the management software that LSI uses as it is the same as the other adapters I own. I have the 9260-8i and 9260-16i in a server and have never had any problems with either one (they are managing two RAID 6 arrays with 24 drives total between them). I highly recommend this adapter if you are using SSD's or hard drives.
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Pros: Fast! (when it was working). 2 GB/s read and 3GP/s write in a 8 SSD Raid-0
Cons: This card is very finicky when used on a MB with SLI (according to LSI). Also, they specifically called out EVGA motherboards and problematic.
Other Thoughts: I wanted this card to work so badly because for the brief 10 minutes it worked correctly it was blazingly fast. You might want to check with LSI to see if your MB/hardware combo is acceptable before buying.
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“1. very fast— D@n Dyl@n 11/22/2012
2. easy to configure (as long as it is compatible with your motherboard and you have access to WebBIOS ...”
“This card is very finicky when used on a MB with SLI (according to LSI). Also, they specifically called out EVGA ...”— sean 1/20/2012