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LSI MegaRAID LSI00295 (9266-8i SGL) PCI-Express 2.0 x8 Low Profile SATA / SAS RAID Controller - Single--Avago Technologies

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

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/18/2015 5:17:55 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for the right use case

Pros: - Great for HDDs
- 1GB cache
- Many nice optional features
- BBU support
- Expandability
- Configuration is SUPER easy with MSM

Cons: PRICE! My goodness the price...
Just "OK" with SSDs

Other Thoughts: So I've been doing extensive testing with this card (and the 9260) for some powerful workstation builds. This includes testing RAID function with HDDs and SSDs.

For use with HDDs its fantastic. Does EXACTLY what it should, provides great performance and with a BBU addition adds write back functionality.

With 4x2TB Seagate Barracudas I got a solid 600MB/s read AND write speed in a RAID5. This is with direct I/O (no controller cache). As the array has filled up about half way its still holding strong around 530MB/s & 440.

I have the card connected to an Intel RAID Expander card with all 8 channels going to it & all drives are connected to the expander card. I did run these test when connected directly to the RAID card with breakout cables and got the same results.

As for SSDs, its MUCH better than the 9260 thanks to the more power dual core CPU. However, there's definitely some latency.

With 2 Samsung EVO 850 120GB drives in a RAID 0 I do get just over 1000MB/s read and just under 1000MB/s write with direct I/O and disk caching enabled (this helped). The drives alone do around 540/520 so not bad. When adding a 3rd drive I am around 1500MB/s "sometimes" but other times, and especially if benching with larger data amounts like 3-5GB that performance gets down around 1100MB/s. Writes were 100-200MB/s lower under the same circumstances. Doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

I am doing this on a Z77 chipset so I think DMI speed might be hurting me. So, I plugged it in to an X79 Sabretooth with a 4930K and the peak speeds were a touch higher and degradation wasn't as bad. I'm not sure how well this will scale beyond 3 SSDs but given the bandwidth capabilities it should be able to provide full performance for about 7 of them before hitting the slot limitation. Then you need to look at the 9271.

On that same board I had a 9207-8i HBA so for fun I connected all three SSDs to that & configured a striped volume in Windows to manage. It scaled PERFECTLY. Over 1500MB/s read and write and held there through all benchmarks.

Yes, there's benefits to having a dedicated card but in RAID 0 that's debatable, especially over using the new Intel chipsets and having so many SATA ports at your disposal with X99. Granted you can only use 4 for RAID, that may be enough for you. On top of that, now you've got m.2 and PCI-e SSDs that scream at upwards of 2400MB/s reads and 1400MB/s writes. So, if you're buying these RAID cards here for full price, instead of some other unnamed channels, you may reconsider. Research possible IOPS with those m.2 & PCIe SSDs vs with RAID as well.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/28/2015 6:12:10 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic

Pros: Amazing Shipping from Newegg. Card is Manufactured Jan 2015, not ancient like most on xBxy.
Card works great too

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: To many fake or reject LSI cards for sale these days. Wise to buy genuine from a great seller such as Newegg

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  • Chi-Hong N.
  • 2/14/2014 11:58:19 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSolid but inflexible

Pros: - Fast boot. Something like 10 seconds on its BIOS boot/POST page.
- Solid performance. I tested this using some old hard drives, performance was on par with theoretical max performance.
- Good management software. Software, while simple, works well. Installation was easy and issue-free. In addition, the mouse-enabled BIOS setup utility was a nice surprise. Very well done.
- Support for supercapacitor/flash backup. While I didn't actually use this, I think it's a really cool technology that has a few major advantages over a classic BBU. Good to see it's an option for this card.

Overall, I had no real issues with the card.

Cons: The major issue I have with this card has to do with flexibility. I had 2 500GB hard drives and a 2TB to play with. I was able to set up a 1TB RAID5 easily, but to my dismay, I could not utilize the 1.5TB remaining on the 2TB. It seems this card only allows a drive to be part of a single array. Personally this was a dealbreaker for me. I have owned cards from Highpoint and Adaptec, and both allow you to mix and match drives and arrays like there was no tomorrow.

The second drawback was that there was no option for JBOD or 'pass-through mode'. For example, you can't plug a drive that already has data on it, and use it like you would if you plugged it into a SATA port on your motherboard.

I also found the command line tools unintuitive and hard to use. Luckily the GUI management software is full featured and easy to use.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this card mainly to evaluate and compare against my Adaptec 71605, as I was a little unsatisfied with some shortcomings of the 71605. However I decided to keep the 71605 due to the flexibility it offered compared to the LSI 9266-8i.

I can definitely see where these limitations would not matter - for example in enterprise applications or where you plan to have a single array of matched disks. For casual home use though, the inflexibility really hurts.

The controller runs fairly hot without any airflow over the heatsink.

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  • Gordon K.
  • 11/7/2013 9:30:16 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast and solid

Pros: This is the card you want. Yes, it's expensive. Swallow hard and buy it.

Pleasantly surprised at the speeds I'm getting. 4x Seagate Constellation ES.3 1TB disks in a RAID10 array, and I see 350MB/s (with little bursts up into the 1200MB/s territory) and 500 IOPS.

It's nice that this one has 1GB of RAM for caching, as opposed to the 9260 which only has 512MB.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Be prepared to invest in the CacheVault accessory, or to disable the write-caching (and take a not insignificant performance hit). It just doesn't feel safe to run the card without it, even if your server is on a UPS.

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  • Travis N.
  • 5/7/2013 6:57:17 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsWOW!

Pros: I am EXTREMELY impressed with this controller. It seems to take FULL advantage of my SSD's! Running 2 SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series (MZ-7PD512BW - 512GB) in a raid 0 and it's getting a max read speed of 1.06 GB/sec! I had gone through a couple of the cheaper raid controllers seeking these speeds but none were able to deliver. Must say, this one is totally worth it.

Cons: None!

Other Thoughts: Make sure you have the drivers ready to go on a USB stick. You have to configure the raid in the device's bios but Windows won't see it unless you install the drivers (during windows installation process). In my case, one of the drives originally showed as "unallocated space" but I was able to fix that in Windows after I installed it (look up how to extend partition).

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5 out of 5 eggsAmazing speed

Pros: FAST, does SAS 6GB/s, can use one or more SSD for cache with the CacheCade option. mature drivers and config utility. Am running a pair of Samsung 830 SSD's that are mirrored and used as cache, and 4 2TB SAS drives, and this config runs easily 2-3x in speed what my 3ware 9750-8i was getting with 4 2TB SAS drives. Makes dealing with video editing smooth and fast, OS boots up a lot faster. If I wanted, I could put several SSD's in a RAID0 as cache and it would be even faster, but my config maintains a level of safety while greatly increasing speed. The CacheVault option is good too, with that attached instead of a battery, it uses a supercap to back up its RAM onto a flash when power is removed. A supercap should in theory have a longer lifespan than a BBU.

Cons: Cost, goofy hardware dongle to activate certain advanced features.

Other Thoughts: Be sure to get latest FW when you install, especially if using the advanced (i.e. cutting edge) options.

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