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LSI Internal SATA/SAS 9211-8i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 RAID Controller Card, Single--Avago Technologies

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  • 2 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS Internal Connectors
  • SAS 6Gb/s Compliant
  • PCI Express 2.0 x8 Interface
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The LSI SAS 9211-8i host bus adapter provides the greatest available throughput to internal server storage arrays through eight internal 6Gb/s ports, driving up to 256 SAS and SATA physical devices. This HBA offers dynamic SAS functionality including dual-port drive redundancy and SATA compatibility. Utilizing two internal x4 SFF8087 Mini-SAS connectors, the low-profile SAS 9211-8i is an excellent fit for 1U and 2U servers.

The SAS 9211-8i utilizes the embedded CPU in the LSI SAS2008 controller to perform integrated RAID 0, 1, 1E and 10 operations for reliable data protection with high-availability. The result is an ultra-thin, low-overhead device driver communicating over the x8 PCI Express 2.0 host interface. By reducing RAID code overhead, this HBA delivers high-speed READ/WRITE performance, making it well suited for medium to high-capacity internal storage applications.

  • newegg SAS 6Gb/s Compliant The LSI 9211-8i features hot-pluggable, SATA-compatible SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) ports to provide 6Gb/s data transfer rates for optimum performance, efficiency, convenience and flexibility.
  • newegg RAID Support The LSI 9211-8i supports multi-level RAID configuration including RAID 0, 1, 1E and 10 for better performance, enhanced data security and flexible capacity upgrades..
  • newegg PCI Express 2.0 x8 Interface The LSI 9211-8i features the PCI Express 2.0 x8 interface which provides sufficient throughput and full-duplex operation for enhanced performance.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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1/ 5
LATE- NOT RELIABLE

Pros: Card works

Cons: This vendor did not deliver on time. We paid all the premiums to get it delivered and it showed up after the install was done. We has to scramble to find alternatives. NOT ACRELIABLE SOURCE! I contacted them days ago to return-no answer!!

Overall Review: DO NOT USE

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2/ 5
Not compatible with Windows Server 2016

Pros: Inexpensive, has JBOD mode.

Cons: Not compatible with Windows Server 2016 storage spaces direct. Sure you can establish your pools with this card, but VSS will fail. So you can't back anything up. I've been working with Microsoft for weeks now on a support request regarding this issue. We have concluded this card is not fully supported for Windows Server 2016.

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4/ 5
disk caching setting

Pros: read "other"

Cons: read "other"

Overall Review: I don't own this model, but it should have settable "disk cache policy" per virtual drive, enabling it via "virtual drive properties" using megaraid storage manager, results in far better throughput,
***WARNING:*** increased risk of data loss since it has no "battery backup unit" nor onboard cache, a UPS is a must and other system failures could result in data loss/corruption. you've been warned! search for "SAS 9211-8i disk cache policy" and you'll get results.

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4/ 5
Great in IT mode, sucks in IR mode

Pros: 8x connections via an 8087 breakout cable
Open Box/Refurb units are nicely priced (not sure I'd buy one brand new, though)

Cons: Came flashed with IR firmware
Not a RAID controller

Overall Review: I bought this hoping to run 4 SATA drives in a RAID array for an ESXi host in my home lab. Got it installed and was expecting closer to the performance of the Adaptec 6805 I had, but it was nowhere close. Storage vMotions were running at about 50Mbps when going from the Adaptec to this card, whereas storage vMotions from the 9211 to the 6805 were going close to 800Mbps.

I got to reading and bottom line, this is only a RAID card in name. Most articles and reviews I read simply stated "flash from IR to IT mode and use it as an HBA". Thankfully I bought it as an open box for about half the price of normal, so I made some lemonade from this lemon, bought a small mini-ATX server board, 6 2TB drives, and installed FreeNAS. It now happily runs in that NAS box, gleefully saturating a gigabit link during storage vMotions.

Bottom line. . .don't buy this expecting any sort of performance. It's RAID in only the name in that it does something like create a redundant array of independent devices. Wait for a refurb or open box, buy it as an HBA, flash it to IT mode, and let it gleefully serve up NFS/SMB/iSCSI.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Horrible write performance

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Failed backups, poor transfer speeds, I've tried updaing the driver and firmware, but WIndows Server 2012 R2 just has horrible write performance (1-2MBps), on multiple server motherboards, both SuperMicro Intel and Asus AMD.

Overall Review: Spend the extra $100 and get an Adaptec or Dell H710 (rebranded LSI).

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Work great with Freenas right out of the box

Pros: It just works. Mine shipped with the latest firmware which is by coincidence the exact firmware required by Freenas

Cons: none come to mind

Overall Review: If you are buying for Freenas and do your research you may come away thinking that the ver 20 firmware is too new as I did. I went to great trouble to flash my cards back to vers 16 only to find that the new ver 20 firmware is no required, lol. I flashed them back to v20 and all is well. Love these cards.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
2/ 5
no windows 10

Pros: none

Cons: What can I say.... L.S.I. wants you to down load the drivers off of their web site and the drivers don t work with windows 10.
So needless to say this card is going to be returned, just another waste of time.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
5/ 5
Excellent with BSD/Solaris

Pros: Works great with BSD & Solaris
Has IR & IT Firmware available for using as either a RAID card or HBA (Target)
Passes all SMART information to the OS
BSD 9.x (FreeNAS) / Solaris 11 & OI have native support.
UEFI Shell flash utility for changing firmware / bios
Quick controller init time

Cons: UEFI or DOS is required to flash the IT firmware.

Overall Review: Purchased this for use in a backup storage system with FreeNAS 9.1 with ZFS. Performed stellar. A second card was used in a Solaris 11 dev box. Again, stellar. Great product. If you dont need advanced card based raid functionality and are looking for a great card to use with ZFS, this and its brethren are your man!

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