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LSI MegaRAID Internal  Low-Power SATA / SAS 9240-4i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 RAID Controller Card, Single--Avago Technologies
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3 out of 5 eggs It works...but your plans for the day are "configure it". 11/08/2016

This review is from: LSI MegaRAID Internal Low-Power SATA / SAS 9240-4i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 RAID Controller Card, Single--Avago Technologies

Pros: I bought this card to replace an HP card that didn't support JBOD. It has the 8087 connector the server's backplane used, and I was unable to find another card that did so in the price range. Moreover, this card supports all 12 drives on the backplane; many other controllers capped out at 8, so I'm very happy with that feature.
The card itself was picked right up by FreeNAS, and its throughput speeds are pretty solid - 480MBytes/sec write on an 8x2TB RAIDz2 (RAID6).

Ultimately, it does work well once it's configured.

Cons: ...Configuration. Oh dear Lord the configuration...

Most other RAID controllers give us a fairly straightforward menu-based system to define RAID arrays. Not this card! You get a command line if you're trying to do any config at a BIOS level! Yes, LSI thought it was actually a good idea to give yet another set of command line syntax that will be used maybe half a dozen times over the life of the controller. Yeah...not so much. It's not even clearly defined, helpful with man pages or tab-completes...it's terrible. If you want to configure this thing, you're installing Windows. No, you're not using a WinPE environment, you're pulling out a hard drive, installing Windows, installing Java, installing the software...THEN you get to configure it. Now, to be fair, the Windows UI is actually pretty good and simple to use, so once you're in it, you're probably able to do what you need to do in a pretty short amount of time...but you *are* installing Windows unless you hate yourself.

Also, it doesn't pass the hard disk serial numbers to FreeNAS, so a failed disk replacement is a game of trial and error, or lots of reboots to try and align the serial number with the slot it reports.

Other Thoughts: Recommended if you're installing under Windows, or you need something cheap for a large number of drives.

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LSI MegaRAID Internal  Low-Power SATA / SAS 9240-4i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 RAID Controller Card, Single--Avago Technologies
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs It works...but your plans for the day are "configure it". 11/08/2016

This review is from: LSI MegaRAID Internal Low-Power SATA / SAS 9240-4i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 RAID Controller Card, Single--Avago Technologies

Pros: I bought this card to replace an HP card that didn't support JBOD. It has the 8087 connector the server's backplane used, and I was unable to find another card that did so in the price range. Moreover, this card supports all 12 drives on the backplane; many other controllers capped out at 8, so I'm very happy with that feature.
The card itself was picked right up by FreeNAS, and its throughput speeds are pretty solid - 480MBytes/sec write on an 8x2TB RAIDz2 (RAID6).

Ultimately, it does work well once it's configured.

Cons: ...Configuration. Oh dear Lord the configuration...

Most other RAID controllers give us a fairly straightforward menu-based system to define RAID arrays. Not this card! You get a command line if you're trying to do any config at a BIOS level! Yes, LSI thought it was actually a good idea to give yet another set of command line syntax that will be used maybe half a dozen times over the life of the controller. Yeah...not so much. It's not even clearly defined, helpful with man pages or tab-completes...it's terrible. If you want to configure this thing, you're installing Windows. No, you're not using a WinPE environment, you're pulling out a hard drive, installing Windows, installing Java, installing the software...THEN you get to configure it. Now, to be fair, the Windows UI is actually pretty good and simple to use, so once you're in it, you're probably able to do what you need to do in a pretty short amount of time...but you *are* installing Windows unless you hate yourself.

Also, it doesn't pass the hard disk serial numbers to FreeNAS, so a failed disk replacement is a game of trial and error, or lots of reboots to try and align the serial number with the slot it reports.

Other Thoughts: Recommended if you're installing under Windows, or you need something cheap for a large number of drives.

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LSI MegaRAID Internal  Low-Power SATA / SAS 9240-4i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 RAID Controller Card, Single--Avago Technologies
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs It works...but your plans for the day are "configure it". 11/08/2016

This review is from: LSI MegaRAID Internal Low-Power SATA / SAS 9240-4i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 RAID Controller Card, Single--Avago Technologies

Pros: I bought this card to replace an HP card that didn't support JBOD. It has the 8087 connector the server's backplane used, and I was unable to find another card that did so in the price range. Moreover, this card supports all 12 drives on the backplane; many other controllers capped out at 8, so I'm very happy with that feature.
The card itself was picked right up by FreeNAS, and its throughput speeds are pretty solid - 480MBytes/sec write on an 8x2TB RAIDz2 (RAID6).

Ultimately, it does work well once it's configured.

Cons: ...Configuration. Oh dear Lord the configuration...

Most other RAID controllers give us a fairly straightforward menu-based system to define RAID arrays. Not this card! You get a command line if you're trying to do any config at a BIOS level! Yes, LSI thought it was actually a good idea to give yet another set of command line syntax that will be used maybe half a dozen times over the life of the controller. Yeah...not so much. It's not even clearly defined, helpful with man pages or tab-completes...it's terrible. If you want to configure this thing, you're installing Windows. No, you're not using a WinPE environment, you're pulling out a hard drive, installing Windows, installing Java, installing the software...THEN you get to configure it. Now, to be fair, the Windows UI is actually pretty good and simple to use, so once you're in it, you're probably able to do what you need to do in a pretty short amount of time...but you *are* installing Windows unless you hate yourself.

Also, it doesn't pass the hard disk serial numbers to FreeNAS, so a failed disk replacement is a game of trial and error, or lots of reboots to try and align the serial number with the slot it reports.

Other Thoughts: Recommended if you're installing under Windows, or you need something cheap for a large number of drives.

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Date Joined: 11/04/08

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