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LSI MegaRAID Internal SAS 9265-8i 6Gb/s Dual Core ROC w/ 1GB cache memory RAID Controller Card, Kit

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  • RAID 0/1/5/6/10/50/60
  • 2 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS Internal Connectors

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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.


  • newegg Support Up to 128 SATA and/or SAS Devices The LSI MegaRAID SAS 9265-8i features hot-pluggable, SATA-compatible SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) ports to provide 6Gb/s data transfer rates for optimum performance, efficiency, convenience and flexibility.
  • newegg Unrivaled Performance Featuring LSISAS2208 dual-core ROC equipped with two 800MHz PowerPC processor cores and a 72-bit DDRIII interface that drives 1GB cache memory, the LSI MegaRAID SAS 9265-8i delivers the industry's highest server RAID IOPS and bandwidth, perfect for database applications and digital media environments.
  • newegg More Performance Boost with FastPath LSI internal benchmark testing shows that measured IOPS for this second-generation 6Gb/s SATA+SAS RAID controller from LSI surpass 200,000, and exceed 465,000 IOPS when used in conjunction with MegaRAID FastPath software in SSD environments, meeting the high I/O transaction demands of datacenters, database and cloud applications.
  • newegg RAID Support The LSI MegaRAID SAS 9265-8i supports multi-level RAID configuration including RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and RAID spans 10, 50, 60 for better performance, enhanced data security and flexible capacity upgrades.
  • newegg PCI Express 2.0 x8 Interface The LSI MegaRAID SAS 9265-8i features the PCI Express 2.0 x8 interface which provides sufficient throughput and full-duplex operation for enhanced performance.

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  • John C.
  • 8/7/2014 2:11:45 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: Been running for over almost 18 months without a single hiccup. Had to replace the original SSD drives because of space concerns. Worked OK with consumer drives but one of them failed within one year. The larger drives I replaced them worth have been fine. Really, really fast.

Cons: Had to figure out what cables to use. Other than that nothing hard.

Other Thoughts: Overall a great raid card. Running raid 10.

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  • Edward C.
  • 3/13/2013 9:14:19 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWow

Pros: Fast. Very fast! (Even with cache disabled)

Cons: Memory went bad within 24 hours of use. Had to disable all of the cache to get around the single and multi bit ecc errors until I can get a new one. Which is the reason for the 4 eggs. I understand hardware does occasionally get shipped DOA. It's unfortunate, but it happens. The cables were also only compatable with SATA and not SAS. Just an oversight on my part.

Other Thoughts: Some people complain about the WebBIOS thing, I thought it was easy to use. Also, if you're going to use SAS disks, be sure to get the cables for them as well. The cables included in this only work with SATA and not SAS.

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  • Sean O.
  • 2/21/2013 8:36:20 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRecommended for anyone serious Raid 5 configuration

Pros: Excellent Raid Card. Excellent Software and Linux Compatability.

Cons: This thing runs hot! Too hot to touch.

Other Thoughts: Had it for about 6 months with no issues. Running on Linux with a Raid 5 configuration of 4 3TB drives. Used heavily for virtual machines and Nas.

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  • Robert a.
  • 12/5/2012 12:16:05 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsI love it

Pros: No problems posting, Raid setup was simple.
Asus Rampage IV Extreme 2011 i7 (X79) chipset. Latest BOIS update for the Asus MB.
2.57 GB/s read / 3.3 GB/s write... using ATTO bench 32
on 2 90G OTC vertex3 drives, Raid 0 without the BBU.

Cons: Post time... and this thing is a toaster, I need to find a way to cool this card down.. I took a snapshot with a digital thermometer it was @ 185 F. Yikes I hope this thing was designed to handle this heat.

Other Thoughts: Wish LSI would update their compatibility list, it took weeks of research to find others using this card on the X79 chip set.

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  • Cheryl L.
  • 11/17/2012 11:34:43 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome HW RAID Card!

Pros: - Seriously fast, easily the fastest card I've owned!
- Complete and utter overkill for home use, which is perfect!
- Completely compatible with Solid State Drives
- A much better solution for workstation use than the REVO-Drives I have used in the past when you need incredibly fast solid state storage
- I found the software to be very useful
- 1GB DDR3 Cache (many cards have 128-512MB DDR2)
- IOPS are through the roof, and as I do professional Audio, Video, and Photo editing (from home), this is extremely beneficial

I currently have this card in my newest workstation build, which consists of a 3930K, 32GB DDR3-2200 9-11-10-28, 3x GTX680 4GB cards in SLI, Rampage 4 Extreme MB, 1500W primary PSU + 850W secondary PSU, and a Case Labs TH10 with the 85mm Ventilated Top and the Pedastal, amongst others. 3x Dell Ultrasharp U3011 2560x1600 monitors and a Onkyo 11.2ch receiver with McIntosh amps, and Behringer Bi-Amped Studio Monitors/Definitve Technology Bi-Polar Towers/KEF Omni-Directional Speakers/2x Pioneer Dual-Subwoofers and multiple sets of Studio Monitor headphones from Grado/Denon/Etc.

Easily pulls over 2GB/second read AND write speeds with a 6x256GB Samsung 830 RAID100 array, and I couldn't be happier.

For the first time I am not bandwidth limited by my storage, and I have 3 different dedicated home servers running a total of 52 SAS/SATA drives in various arrays (including a 12-drive RAID50 with 15k7 600GB SAS drives, and an 8-drive RAID0 array with WD 1TB Velociraptors).

I can even stream full-bandwidth 1080p videos to all 5 HDTV's in my home, with full uncompressed Blu-Ray surround sound audio tracks, and not notice any slowdown while working.

Cons: - Expensive for anyone outside of a server room
- Requires the BBU for full performance

Overall, very few Cons, but one big one....

In fact, I got tired of the noise from the 4000rpm 120x38mm fan that was mandatory to keep it under control, so for the first time ever I have liquid cooled my RAID Card!
Using a Watercool HeatKiller universal chipset block along with a few packs of EnzoTech copper Heatsinks, I got it into my primary loop and now the card runs at 3-6C over ambient. That's an order of magnitude less than on air! I do have 4x 560 rads + 2x 420 rads + 3x 280 rads, all in push pull, so that has a great amount to do with it, but I didn't even increase my Delta-T by 1C, so I am quite pleased.

Other Thoughts: I highly recommend using the most powerful cooling you can get for this card as it runs insanely hot!

After putting it in my loop, I noticed that the average speeds/IOPS increased by around 2-3%, a significant amount at these high numbers, which makes me think that the dual-processor throttles itself thermally.

Overall, though, I recommend this over just about anything. If you can't justify the cost, however, the Dell PERC5/i and PERC6/i cards can be had at a popular auction site for under ten-thousand pennies... They are extremely capable cards for any price, and will likely be a better option for the vast majority of home users.
There is an amazing guide at OCN.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/13/2012 8:26:31 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLove Hate

Pros: This card as incredible SSD iop performance and speed. I was able to achieve 2200 MB/s read on raid 10 with 8 Chronos (sata III) drives.

Writes were just under 2000, but fell short with further testing most likely due to constant use and initializations.

LSI support is good and they don't have an annoying touch tone map to get there.

Cons: 1: Need to purchase a BBU (batter backup unit) to keep the cache from getting corrupted during power failures: not only that, but they kind of force you to do this by disabling cache / write ahead (?) feature until you have the BBU installed (it's grayed out?). I didn't really feel good about this hidden up-sell. But I bit and purchased one.

2: Arrays drop out very often. If I shut down the system (even on 2 different motherboards), I will have to rebuild the volume. This makes raid 0 or raid 00 a very bad idea with this card (so useless really, unless you constantly want to be rebuilding volumes and re-cloning them over from your backup).

3: The card gets VERY hot unless you have a fan on it.

4: The alarm on this card is not friendly at all, made for data centers I guess, but man, it's not like someone is trying to break into my car!

5: Card BIOS is incredibly bad software from an 80s alpha build of help me I don't know how to program anything to be efficient or user frie

Other Thoughts: I have had many LSI cards in the past. This (and my past experiences) pretty much sinks LSI to the bottom of my list. I will start to invest in other brands in the future, and hope LSI gets their stuff together.

I rarely write reviews. And I more rarely write bad reviews. 3 eggs is only for the performance factor and the friendly touch-tone-map free support, everything else about this card is complete garbage. I wish I could have written something different...

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  • Parker S.
  • 4/9/2012 6:55:44 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsHas it's up's and down's

Pros: Bought two of them and love the performance.

4x OCZ high IOPS RAID0 @ ~850MB/s
6x Intel SSDSC2CW120A3K5 RAID5 @ ~1,200MB/s

Seems to be fully compatible with my ASUS P9X79 DELUXE.

Cons: When ordering the first one I received 2 DOA's. One had bad cables, one had failing onboard memory. Third worked as expected.

My second order did work the first time. -2 Eggs for spotty QA

Not fully compatible with EVGA X58 FTW3. If you use this card, make no more than two VD's and make sure the boot is set to the second VD (assuming the first one is the one you need to boot from). Not happy about this but its an EVGA problem.

Other Thoughts: BBU LSIIBBU09 is a must have for write back.

You are better off using your own cables, as the included cables seem to be hit or miss.

Perfect: HighPoint Int-MS-1M4S SFF-8087 to 4 SATA Fan Out Cable - OEM

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  • Jason W.
  • 3/30/2012 4:16:49 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Controller

Pros: Super fast, feature rich controller. Was able to hit 169930 IOPS with a 4 drive RAID 0.

Cons: Bootup is slow, if you disable BIOS you can't boot from device. If you don't use the battery the BIOS sqwaks quite a bit. Turn off the warning.

Firmware and software packages are not the easiest to update. Fast Path option is hardware only, yet it's sibling 9260 has Fast Path as a software only option. Made the mistake of buying one thinking I could upgrade once I got my controller. Once you activate the software it's not refundable. $150 mistake.

Other Thoughts: MegaRaid manager (java based) is antiquated and 32-bit only. Javaw.exe (32*) mysteriously takes up CPU when you start up the machine regardless of whether you use the front end or not. Disable it!

Disk Cache Policy is now "Unchanged" instead of enabled or disabled with SSDs. Confusing if you graduated from 9260.

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  • Robert W.
  • 2/19/2012 7:17:21 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsSure Not Adaptec

Pros: Fast I guess. I have not compare it to anything in its 6GB class.

Cons: Windows 7 Ultimate would not install on a simple SSD RAID configuration. Contacted support by phone and all the problems was blamed on incompatibility – my equipment wasn’t on their compatibility list. I was told I needed to update the firmware but the update would not work from the WebBIOS utility (ugly DOS base configuration - hard to understand). I had to install it in another working machine, install MegaRAID, then install the firmware from there. Then I could install and load it in the new machine. Next the hard drive light would not work – tech blamed it on incompatibility. Found on their forum that the J1A4 LED connection doesn’t work. Posted a comment on LSI forum and LSI removed it. I would like to see these comments removed! Going to RMA the thing if they don't fix the HD activity LED connection.

Other Thoughts: Support will answer phone quickly but they are not very knowledgeable. Was told the Intel RES2SV240 expander would not work (was not on their compatibility list) but it works fine. I have 13 drives (4 SSDs) attached and only one failed so far - don't know why. Reconfigured and all is OK again. Never lost drives in Adaptec arrays - but hey - drive could be going bad - doubt it though.

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  • Jefferson N.
  • 2/9/2012 5:15:36 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome SAS RAID card!

Pros: Installed it and all the optional components (Battery Unit, FastCache and CacheCade) and it works really great. It has two SSD's attached to the RAID and a three year old server runs faster than anything new by Dell.

Cons: The support line doesn't always know the right answer so sometimes you have to get through to the right person. The original key that was ordered was incorrect and we had to go through a lot of work to get the right one. The CacheCade 1.0 is being discontinued but they don't have 2.0 for this card yet.

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