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Item#: N82E16816118129
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Pros:

Good for the price, supports SAS II / SATA 6.0, PCIe x8, support for every OS ever.

Cons:

Awkward port placement, buggy drivers, buggy firmware. Card cannot be forced into write-back; my old 8204 would warn me that the array could become corrupted if I lost power but would still allow me to enable it. This card doesn't give me the option.

My system:

Intel DX38BT / Xeon X3360 / 8GB DDR3 / Radeon 4870X2
2x Seagate Cheetah 15K.6 137GB SAS, RAID 0 / 2x Hitachi 5K300 3TB SATA 6.0, RAID 0
Windows 7 x64 SP1

This card was an upgrade from a LSI MegaRAID 8204, which would not recognize my new 3TB drives. I checked Hitachi's compatability list, and found that the 9240 was certified, and since I've had good luck with LSI's "software" SAS controllers in the past, gave it a go.

I decided to do a clean install, and the install itself went fine. however, when transferring ~4.5TB of data from a file server, the system would regularly bluescreen a few minutes in. WinDbg fingered the storage driver (which was the latest version). (continued)

Other Thoughts:

This was an unsigned driver, LSI also had a slightly older signed version available, so I installed it and the bluescreens stopped.

It was then that I decided to update the firmware, which turned out to be a big mistake. The card came with 3.55, and when I updated to 3.60, the machine stopped POSTing. It would try to complete POST but hang before boot if I removed all the drives, but that didn't really help me either. Finally pulled the card and put it in a SH3200 based server, where it worked properly. I was able to downgrade the card to 3.56, which got it running in my DX38BT machine.

It has been working properly since then, but only if I run older firmware and drivers, which is a bit worrisome. I'm pretty sure that there is some obscure bug in either the motherboard or card firmware that's causing this, but this is the first time I've ever had problems with a LSI card and now I'm a bit worried.

Moral of the story, if it works don't mess with it.

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  • Matt S.
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