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LSI 9300-4i4e PCI-Express 3.0 SATA / SAS 4-Port Int, 4-Port Ext SAS3 12Gb/s HBA - Single--Avago Technologies
  • 1 x SFF-8643 mini-SAS HD Internal Connectors
  • 1 x SFF-8644 mini-SAS HD External Connectors
  • Up to 12Gb/s
  • $319.99
  • $299.99
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5 out of 5 eggs OFF THE FENCE - Great HBA - Great Tech Support 07/15/2014

This review is from: LSI 9300-4i4e PCI-Express 3.0 SATA / SAS 4-Port Int, 4-Port Ext SAS3 12Gb/s HBA - Single--Avago Technologies

Pros:

LSI product, LSI reputation, LSI tech support.

Next gen speed - 12Gb/s with 8x PCIe 3.0 interface. Extreme SSD testing shows crazy fast numbers which ultimately bottleneck at the backplanes - good luck hitting this ceiling in real world applications!

Support for Server 2012.

Great expandability potential with one internal and one external mini-SAS HD connector. Support for over 1000 Sata/SAS devices! Really? Yes, though I am thinking i will be hard pressed to require more than 24!

Recomended

Cons:

Online Support is very lacking.... I have an oceanographic/ocean engineering background and work with interesting instrumentation with one-off firmwares and the like. Jack of all, master of none, reliant on my friend google.... Though LSI had the most important stuff available to me, it assumed one layer of knowledge greater than I have. If LSI hosted a community forum, had slightly more detailed procedures starting one step before the current procedures and had a troubleshooting flow chart or the like, I would have had my HBA running in no time flat. But they didn't, so i battled with simple issues for a couple days, then it was Monday, i received a reply from Tech Support and was all squared away.... Kudos to their tech's though - great help.

The other comment (maybe not a con yet, but worth mentioning) is that I have not been able to locate a 12Gb/s port expander thus far. I have requested info from LSI but no word back. I will be OK for a little while, but will be disappointed if I have to purchase a 6Gb/s expander to accompany my 12Gb/s HBA....

Other Thoughts:

Though my frustration with the lacking online support base have subsided, they were valid frustrations. It wouldn't take much for LSI to improve upon this.

BUT, I remain very satisfied with my 92xx and 9300-4i4e HBA's. Also, I am very impressed with LSI's personal tech support. I would clearly recommend this HBA to anyone looking to buy one.

FYI, my headaches centered around a backplane from an older 2.5" hotswap chassis. Do be aware that this is bleeding edge tech for HBA's and as such there might be some compatibility issues with older hardware, especially if it is older consumer grade hardware you are hoping to pair with enterprise level LSI gear.

FYI, my 2.5" chassis which will not work with this HBA is a Thermaltake unit. I have been very happy with the chassis and do not mention this to take away from Thermaltake, but rather to help anyone who may be going down the road I just made it off of....

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