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LSI LSI00300 (9207-8e) PCI-Express 3.0 x8 Low Profile SATA / SAS Host Controller Card--Avago Technologies

  • 2 x SFF-8088 mini-SAS External Connectors
  • Up to 6Gb/s

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
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  • Dane W.
  • 2/18/2014 2:46:32 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis card changed my career.

Pros: I have 2 of these cards.

This card showed me that it's possible for more than one server to see the same SAS storage drives at the same time. It was that amazing moment where you know it must be possible or Microsoft Failover Clustering will be impossible and I'd have to resort the the much inferior iSCSI for failover.

Works incredibly well, with jbods like the AMAX StorMax J2241, the Dell MD1220, and the Data-ON DNS series.

Driver support for windows seems great, they update regularly enough. I haven't used it for ESXi or VMWare yet, but I expect it to be solid given the prevalence of this card. It's literally the bread-and-butter of any datacenter.

It works well with the LSI Interposer card, even when that card is attached to Samsung 840 Pro SSDs!

It works well with MultiPath IO, which is part of Microsoft's Storage Spaces' path redundancy = more redundancy = good.

It works well with the LSI SAS Swtich (note: Microsoft doesn't support sas switches yet)

It can see regular sata drives, but failover clustering ONLY works with SAS drives (because they have 2 data paths), so don't blame LSI if you're using drives physically incapable of the task.

Lastly, their support has been good to me. I've only had a few minor questions though and so answering my emails within 48 hours was perfectly acceptable.

Cons: Doesn't seem to affect stability, but this chip notoriously runs hot. Probably because it's meant to be in a high-flow datacenter-class server...but not worth docking a star, just something you should be aware of in case you touch the heatsink.

It's the underlying processor. I've asked several VARs who use it and they say it's well known to run like that.

It's not so bad as to warrant an extra fan blowing directly on it. I've had each of them in an Antec Sonata Series SOLO II Black case (because it's dead-quiet which is ideal for Hyper-V Failover Clustering demos)

Other Thoughts: If you're shopping for this card, know that it's NOT a RAID Card. It's a "Host Controller" or generally "HBA" card. The difference between those two technologies is enormous - you CANNOT have both features in the same card (LSI Syncro excluded).
This means your storage design must either have the RAID processing offloaded somewhere else, ie the HP P2000 or Dell MD series, OTHERWISE software RAIDs must be created. Software raids are fine for reads, but suffer low IO for writes. Low IO is still over 100MB/s, yes megabyte, which I find acceptable for enterprises near 200 users!
Software raids can be fine, it depends entirely on your scenario. Microsoft Storage Spaces with automated storage tiering can meet the needs here. Better yet, Storage Spaces is completely compatible with Hyper-V and Failover Clustering, and is the foundation for their Private Cloud.

In almost 3 years I went from not knowing jack all about virtualization at all, to knowing the detailed guts of various storage systems, and LSI's brand has been a key ingredient every step of the way. I suspect I'm still a newbie and the card could do even more in better hands or with the other hypervisors!

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  • John M.
  • 9/20/2013 5:47:49 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsFinally got it working... sort of...

Pros: *IF* you have a verified supported motherboard (small list), you can get this card recognized and working. Once working, I am able to access external devices (just Tape Drives so far) with no apparent problems.

Support is very responsive, and seem to genuinely try to be helpful... but I've had to download/install drivers & tools and do a lot of 'fiddling', and still am not able to get everything worked out.

Cons: Card only works with a very limited set of machines. LSI says it's the fault of the motherboard BIOS, not their card... which may be true, but the end result is still "You can't put this in an ordinary DELL i7 workstation; it must be their high-end Xeon-based workstations."

Even in the new workstation, we can't access the on-coard BIOS Config utility during boot. When we try, it just complains that there is no bootable drive found... which one would expect to be somewhat normal, since this card has only external ports. Since we can boot the machine (boot disk is internal), LSI support pointed us to tools we can use to query/manage the card from within windows, but IMHO, that's not an acceptable replacement for having some type of boot-time config capability.

Other Thoughts: LSI support has been very responsive to my requests for help, which is refreshing. They also seem to be trying to be helpful.

Unfortunately, their success rate (from a customer standpoint) on the multiple tickets I've opened in the short time I've been working with the card is not so good. I've been given workarounds (one of which was "you'll have to go buy another workstation... one of these on this list").

But the bottom line is that this card has been anything but plug-and-play. I've had to spend a fair amount of time and money troubleshooting and getting the right combination that works, and even that working version has issues (no boot config capability).

My company has serious reservations; we'll be evaluating other cards to see if we can find one that is more 'polished'.

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  • Daniel O.
  • 4/2/2013 1:11:37 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsIncompatible with Mac Pro

Pros: Includes both full-height and half-height adapters.
Able to reach tech support quickly and without going through any prompts.

Cons: Any board that isn't on their supported list is unsupported.
Not compatible with Mac Pro (tested with early 2008 model).
Tech support simply said "Well, that is the problem then, your board is incompatible.

Other Thoughts: There are no drivers available on their site for OS X, even though they have a Mac OS icon and claim compatibility.
When booting into Windows on my Mac Pro, it gave me some strange ascii character codes during boot-up and locked up on the LSI Bios screen before loading Windows.
The card itself is not defective and would work fine on another motherboard from Dell.
Called LSI's support which went straight to a real human which was refreshing. Disappointingly, this real human could do nothing for me though.

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