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LSI MegaRAID SATA / SAS 9260-4i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 w/ 512MB Onboard Memory RAID Controller Card, Single--Avago Technologies

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MegaRAID SAS 9260-4i

Four-Port 6Gb/s PCI Express SATA and SAS RAID Controller

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Add more storage flexibility and data protection to rack and tower servers with internal connectivity

With the LSI MegaRAID 9260-4i 6Gb/s SATA+SAS RAID controller card, small enterprises can cost-effectively realize the data protection benefits of hardware RAID. The MegaRAID 9260-4i is able to connect up to 128 SATA or SAS drives with four internal 6Gb/s SATA+SAS ports. It employs the latest in RAID-on-Chip technology, complies with the PCI Express 2.0 specification, and provides additional data security using SafeStore encryption services. Plus, its low profile form factor allows for easy installation.

Key Features and Advantages

  • Four internal 6Gb/s SATA+SAS ports
  • One Mini-SAS internal connector (SFF-8087)
  • LSI SAS 2108 6Gb/s RAID-on-Chip –800MHz PowerPC
  • 512MB 800MHz DDRII cache memory
  • RAID Levels 0, 1, 5, and 6
  • RAID Spans 10, 50, and 60
  • Superior Performance – maximum reads: 2,875MB/s; maximum writes: 1,800MB/s
  • PCI Express 2.0 provides faster signaling for high bandwidth applications
  • Support for 3Gb/s and 6Gb/s SATA and SAS hard drives
  • SafeStore Encryption Services for more secure data protection
  • Add more protection and peace of mind with options including heat-tolerant battery backup and advanced software
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6Gb/s SAS Performance Advantage

6Gb/s SAS is designed for backward compatibility with 3Gb/s SAS as well as with 6Gb/s and 3Gb/s SATA hard drives. Regardless of the drive speed, 6Gb/s MegaRAID controllers will deliver significant performance improvements in both read and write applications as compared to their 3Gb/s predecessors. Other new features of the 6Gb/s MegaRAID SATA+SAS controller include greater signal integrity using Decision Feedback Equalization, support for more sophisticated SAS topologies using Expander Self-discovery/Self-configuration, and additional safeguards to enhance data protection.

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SafeStore Encryption Services

Avago is pleased to introduce SafeStore encryption services, which include instant secure erase for self-encrypting drives (SEDs). This technology represents a significant step forward in securing a drive’s data from any unauthorized access or modification resulting from theft, loss, or repurposing of drives. Instant secure erase cryptographically erases an SED, whether it is 73GB or 1TB, in less than a second. This allows for secure drive returns or reuse.

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RAID Support

The LSI MegaRAID SATA / SAS 9260-4i perfectly balances protection and performance for critical applications, with RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, and 60.

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Intuitive RAID Management Utility

The MegaRAID Management Suite provides the essential software tools to efficiently manage MegaRAID products, whether deployed in an enterprise or small business. Avago offers a collection of applications and tools including a pre-boot setup utility and a full spectrum of online RAID management utilities. This suite of applications allow administrators to adjust SAS topology views from the system host, controller and disk enclosure down to the logical and physical drive level. Extending to enterprise deployments, these tools scale to easily configure, monitor and manage RAID volumes locally or over the LAN network.

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Easy installation

With its low-profile form factor, the controller card seamlessly fits into rack-mounted servers. It’s ideal for cost-sensitive 1U and 2U server applications.


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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5/ 5
Excellent inexpensive hardware RAID 2/4/2019 6:49:48 AM

Pros: - Real, quality hardware raid
- Good OS/driver support
- Built-in Windows 10 driver

Cons: (Cons have nothing to do with the product itself)
- Sold as new, but seller (Electro Bee) shipped an obviously used card - it complained about missing drives on first post (in other words, there was an existing RAID configuration already present) . However, it was a very clean looking card, so it must have been either cleaned up or possibly only lightly used. The plus side was that the firmware is already up to date best I can tell.
- Product photos show retail packing etc, but only the card was shipped. This is fine, but some of those photos should either be removed, or a note posted that this is not a sealed retail box, and does not include the low-profile bracket (for those that might need it).

Overall Review: I bought this to go with an ASUS PRIME X370-A motherboard, as I discovered that board the M.2 slot cannot be in NVMe mode if I set the onboard SATA controller to RAID mode. No good. I tried software RAID (windows dynamic disks), but the OS kept loosing the configuration (foreign disk situations), so I went looking for an in-expensive hardware RAID card. I've used LSI MegaRAID boards in the past and this one was supported in Windows 10 so it fit the bill. So far it works great.

Also, mine came with a bracket that had ventilation holes instead of a soled one like in the picture, so this was a nice bonus as supposedly the card can get hot. Mine probably won't as I'm just mirroring two hybrid drives instead of SSDs like other reviewers were doing.

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5/ 5
LSI MegaRAID SATA / SAS 9260-4i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 w/ 512MB onboard memory RAID Controller Card, Single--Avago Technologies 6/4/2016 3:47:09 PM

Pros: I have the 8i version of this card running 4 - 1TB drives for a file server. I get 500MB per second on reads and write. 300 MB on random read writes. I am using write back cache on the card. I am going to buy this card for a second server with 4 - 1TB drives. I will give a review of this card once I finish the installation. I am running 2008R2 server on both machines.

Cons: To be Determined.

Overall Review: I will give another review after install and performance has been generated.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Good for what it was designed for 5/3/2016 12:26:54 PM

Pros: - works great with spin disks
- Can force write back without bbu with parity RAID (lsi feature)

Cons: - not for SSDs!
- Only 512mb cache
- Runs HOT! See notes for fix

Overall Review: Card works great with HDDs. No better IOPS with the 9266 with hdds.

If you want to RAID SSDs, look to the 9266 or Areca cards. You need the more powerful processor on those to keep up!

As long as the 512mb of cache gets you by, this is a great card

You can grab a 40mm fan, like that from noctua and with the right screws you can screw it down right to the heatsink. Brings temps down from 80-90c to 50-60

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1/ 5
high priced junk with poor support - don't buy 3/11/2016 11:27:22 AM

Pros: Stable once OS has been booted.

Cons: To begin with the packaging is so poorly designed it hides a supposedly (according to LSI tech support) essential component, the CV power module (holds a charge to act as a BBU). As it turns out the controller will function without the CV power module. This just added to the tech support confusion. The showstopper problem with this controller is a huge boot delay in the LSI BIOS (82 seconds !!). This boot delay is the charge cycle for CV power module. The firmware wrongly enforces this charge cycle even on warm boots when charging isn't needed. LSI tech support has informed me this is controlled by the firmware and has no plans to fix it. I have informed LSI that my controller is still under warranty and that if LSI engages in consumer fraud my state attorney's consumer fraud division will be receiving a complaint.

What's so sad is that this is so trivially easy to fix. And just for reference, a comparable 3ware 9750 controller boots in a fraction of the time required for the 9260's charge cycle!

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Good entry level product 12/2/2015 11:09:39 AM

Pros: - Cheapest, properly cached, card you can get.
- Lots of options for customization.
- Great Driver,software support from LSI.
- Fairly fast initialization during boot.
- The boot bios for the card is absolutely AMAZING, so many options and easy to understand.

Cons: - Still alow performance for raid 5,6. I got about 10-20 MBs for write back mode, and 40-55 MBs for write through mode.
- For some reason took multiple times of seating , and reseating before it worked.
- RUNS HOT!!! I am not kidding within 5 minutes of power the heatsink will burn your fingers.
- There is no "stupid" setup , you must understand what your doing to get started.

Overall Review: - I am very happy to have purchased this during BF sale, I usually go on Ebayy for used parts but the price of this is closer to a IBM/HP/DELL raid card used on other site.
- If you need more speed , it may be worth to SSD cache your set up very easily addable.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Works, but slightly disappointed 3/18/2015 9:40:50 PM

Pros: Everything works in both Linux and Windows and I didn't have to really mess with any settings after I initialized my RAID Array. The windows drivers took about 10 minutes to fix, but since this isn't a boot device for me, it wasn't a huge deal.

Cons: The read speeds on this are not what I was hoping for. It falls right in line with an mdadm software raid (RAID 5 and RAID 10 tested).
It did a random consistency check the other day on my RAID 5 array and it brought the system to it's knees.

Overall Review: My cons above might sound bad, but you don't buy this card because your looking to eek out every little bit of performance out of your RAID array. You buy it for peace of mind. It's my first time comparing a hardware raid controller to a software based array using consumer level equipment, and I was really hoping for the performance jump you see on enterprise gear, but I guess that's the way of the world.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great Raid Card 9/14/2013 6:34:11 PM

Pros: Great RAID card for the money
I have 12 Seagate 2tb drives in RAID 6 for over a year now
Does work with p67 boards, i am using a Sapphire Pure Black P67 Hydra board with mine.
Also using an Intel RES2SV240

Cons: Firmware flashing is an adventure, i had to flash mine with a slightly nerwer firmware then flash it with the most current firmware

Overall Review: Great card works great with my expander, i would tell anyone i know who wants a REAL RAID solution to buy one.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Huge step up from Intel onboard RAID 8/23/2013 4:21:10 PM

Pros: Easy installation. Very small card, so it fits pretty much where ever you need it. Very simple web bios, not pretty, but very straight forward.

Cons: None that are relevant... long boot time I guess.

Overall Review: This combined with 4 Samsung 840 Pro series 256MB drives in RAID 0 actually give me throughput of 2.5GB/sec on optimal block sizes and just under 2GB/sec on normal operations. The card is a trifle slow initializing, so you might not want to watch your boot screen. I have this running in my "dream" game machine with Intel 4770, 2x GTX Titan, Gigabyte G1 Sniper 5, 16GB 2660 memory and two water cooling loops. Needless to say this cost an arm and a leg, but after the initial pain, I am extremely happy with my game machine. I don't see having to replace anything for a long time.

Don't forget that it doesn't include cables and if you're worried about data loss, and why would you in RAID 0 you are going to lose data at some point in time, you can buy a battery backup that attaches directly to the card.
As with any server tech, it's a really good idea to know what you're doing before you take the leap and buy a RAID card like this. It works without any problems with Win 7 Pro and I imagine it would work with any OS that has drivers for it.

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