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LSI MegaRAID LSI00296 (9266-8i Kit) PCI-Express 2.0 x8 Low Profile SATA / SAS RAID Controller - Kit--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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LSI00296 (9266-8i Kit)
Form Factor
Low Profile


Internal Connectors
2 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS
PCI-Express 2.0 x8
Transfer Rate
Up to 6Gb/s
Cache Memory
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.
Visit the LSI download Center for the most complete list of supported operating systems.
MD2 Low profile (2.536" x 6.60")


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

Kit Version, with Cable.


Package Contents
MR SAS 9266-8i
Documentation CD
LP bracket
(2) 1-meter Mini-SAS SFF-8087 to SATA fanout cables

Quick Info


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

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  • Wesley J.
  • 12/7/2012 7:20:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery VERY nice RAID Controller!

Pros: I replaced an Adaptec 6405 with this LSI 9266 8i. I'm VERY HAPPY!

It supports Windows sleep (S3), at least on my computer. The Adaptec 6405 did not.

Performance, it's 1.5 to 2 to 3x times faster then the Adaptec 6405 depending on the benchmark and cache settings used during the benchmark.

Compatibility. LSI has a longer list of tested devices on their HCL.

Compact size, it's smaller than I thought it would be.

The MegaRAID Storage Manager for Windows is VERY VERY NICE. Better than the Adaptec software.

Cons: Compatibility, the vendor will provide limited support if your motherboard is not on the HCL. See other thoughts on how I made this work on my ASUS M5A99X EVO.

Price. However I made the conscious decision to buy this model for my workstation and I had a 20% off a promo code. What until NewEgg has a promo code for Raid controllers before you buy a controller in this price range. The 9266 4i model would have suited me fine in the short term, but long term I will have more than 4 drives.

Heat, but I knew that too. Touching the heat sink will burn your finger, literally.

The Webbios isn't the best. However the MegaRAID Storage Manager for Windows is VERY VERY NICE.

Other Thoughts: I replaced an Adaptec 6405 with this LSI 9266 8i. I'm VERY HAPPY!

System Specs -
CPU: AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo)
Motherboard: ASUS M5A99X EVO
Drives: 4 Samsung 830 128GB SSD
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 32 GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) overclocked via motherboard to the advertised speed.
Graphics: ASUS EAH6770 DC SL/2DI/1GD5 Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 in PCI 2 Express slot 1
Raid Controller: LSI LSI00296 (9266-8i Kit) PCI-Express 2.0 x8 Low Profile SATA / SAS MegaRAID SAS RAID Controller in PCI Express 2 x16 slot 2 (operating at x8 I believe)

Getting into the WebBIOS to configure the array required setting the MB BIOS “Option ROM Messages” setting to “Force BIOS” and the “Interrupt 19 Capture” option to “Enable”. Only after doing that would I see the 9266 option ROM during the computer post. I had to disable many optional on board devices and ROMs to get my system stable. I am slowly turning back on the on board devices. I have left off my 3GB JMicron controller, but I was able to turn back on the AMD 950 SB Raid Controller, so I am running both Raid controllers at the same time (for now).

This is a beast of a Raid Controller. I've previously bench marked the AMD SB950 on board RAID and the Adaptec 6405 controller using my 4 SSDs. Once I started benchmarking my 4 SSDs using the LSI 9266 I decided what's the point, it's CLEARLY faster. 1.5 to 2 to 3x faster depending on config.

If you can afford this, go for it. The 9266 4i is cheaper obviously. The 9265 series is supposed to be the same performance wise as the 9266 without the extra options etc.

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