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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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Learn more about the LSI LSI00295 (9266-8i SGL)

Model

Brand
LSI
Series
MegaRAID
Model
LSI00295 (9266-8i SGL)
Form Factor
Low Profile

Specifications

Type
SATA / SAS
Internal Connectors
2 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS
Interface
PCI-Express 2.0 x8
Transfer Rate
Up to 6Gb/s
Cache Memory
1 GB 1333MHz DDRIII SDRAM
RAID
RAID 0/1/5/6/10/50/60
Operating Systems Supported
Extensive support includes Microsoft Windows Vista/2008/Server 2003/2000/XP, Linux, Solaris (x86), Netware, FreeBSD, VMware and more.
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Visit the LSI download Center for the most complete list of supported operating systems.
Dimensions
MD2 Low profile (2.536" x 6.60")

Features

Features
I/O Processor/SAS Controller: LSISAS2208 Dual-Core RAID on Chip (ROC)

Device Support: Up to 128 SAS and/or SATA hard drives and SSDs

Solution Provided:
Eight-port internal SATA+SAS solution for high I/O and bandwidth-intensive storage applications using SAS, SATA or SSDs; reduced maintenance costs and total cost of ownership with supported CacheVault technology.

RAID Features:
Online Capacity Expansion (OCE)
Online RAID Level Migration (RLM)
Auto resume after loss of system power during arrays array rebuild or reconstruction (RLM)
Single controller Multipathing (failover)
Load Balancing
Configurable stripe size up to 1MB
Fast initialization for quick array setup
Check Consistency for background data integrity
SSD Support with SSD Guard
Patrol read for media scanning and repairing
64 logical drive support
Up to 64TB LUN support
DDF compliant Configuration on Disk (COD)
S.M.A.R.T support
Global and dedicated Hot Spare with Revertible Hot Spare support
Enclosure management.

Operating Voltage: +3.3V, +12V

Single Pack, without Cable

Packaging

Package Contents
MR SAS 9266-8i
QIG
Documentation CD
LP bracket

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Chi-Hong N.
  • 2/14/2014 11:58:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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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  • Barry B.
  • 8/10/2012 2:00:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

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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