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LSI 9211-8i 8-Port 6Gb/s SAS/SATA PCI-Express x8 Internal RAID Host Bus Adapter

LSI00195 (9211-8I KIT) LSI 9211-8i 8-Port 6Gb/s SAS/SATA PCI-Express x8 Internal RAID Host Bus Adapter
LSI00195 (9211-8I KIT) LSI 9211-8i 8-Port 6Gb/s SAS/SATA PCI-Express x8 Internal RAID Host Bus Adapter
LSI00195 (9211-8I KIT) LSI 9211-8i 8-Port 6Gb/s SAS/SATA PCI-Express x8 Internal RAID Host Bus Adapter
LSI00195 (9211-8I KIT) LSI 9211-8i 8-Port 6Gb/s SAS/SATA PCI-Express x8 Internal RAID Host Bus Adapter
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Part#: LSI92118IK
Package: RETAIL
Manufacturer: LSI
Manufacturer Part#: LSI00195 (9211-8I KIT)
Shipping Weight: 1.40 lbs.(0.64 kg)
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Price: $295.99

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Product Info:

    Specifications
    • Mfr Part Number: LSI00195 (9211-8I KIT)
    • Features:
      • 6Gb/s data transfer rate per port
      • Two x4 internal SFF8087 Mini-SAS connectors
      • x8 5GT/s PCI Express 2.0 host interface
      • MD2 low-profile form-factor design
      • Integrated RAID 0, 1, 1E, and 10
      • Maximum power usage of 9W
      • Connects to SAS and SATA HDDs, SSDs, and tape drives
      • Support for upto 256 physical devices
      • Fusion-MPT architecture can achieve more than 290,000 I/Os per second
      • PowerPC 440 @533MHz
      • Consistency Check
      • Hot Spare Support
      • SMART error detection
      • Supports all major operating systems
      • RoHS compliant
    • SAS Bandwidths:
      • Half Duplex: Single Lane - 600MB/s; Wide Port (2 Lanes) - 1200MB/s; Wide Port (3 Lanes) - 1800MB/s; Wide Port (4 Lanes) - 2400MB/s; Wide Port (2x 4) - 4800MB/s
      • Full Duplex: Single Lane - 1200MB/s; Wide port (2 lanes)- 2400MB/s; Wide Port (4 Lanes) - 4800MB/s
    • Bracket: Full Height and Low Profile
    • PCI Certification: PCI-Express 2.0 x8
    • SAS Bus: 2 x4 6Gb/s SAS & SATA Ports
    • SAS Controller ASIC: LSISAS2008
    • Internal Connectors: 2x x4 Internal Mini-SAS SFF8087
    • Integrated RAID Levels: Integrated RAID 0, 1, 1E and 10
    • Max. Number of SATA and SAS Physical Devices: 256
    • PCI Bus: 8-lane, 5 GT/s PCI Express 2.0
    • PCI Modes: Bus master DMA
    • PCI Card Type: 3.3V Add-in Card
    • PCI Voltage: +12V +/-10%
    • PCI Power: 13.5 Watts
    • MTFB: >2,000,000 Hours
    • Support OS: Microsoft Windows, Linux (SuSE, Red Hat), Solaris, VMware
    • PCI Form Factor: MD2 Low-Profile, 6.6 x 2.536 inch
    • Package Contents: SAS 9211-8i HBA, QIG, LP bracket, driver & manual CD, 2 SAS cables
* Product descriptions and part numbers are subject to change, and may not reflect manufacturer product changes. Please check the manufacturer's website and use the item's manufacturer part number to find the most up to date product description.

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   Reviewed by Two Bears from Las Vegas, NV on 05/13/11

The Good:    This is a GREAT entry level card. It supports 6 Gb/s SAS drives. I'm using 6 of the new Seagate Cheetah 15K.7 300GB drives, and 2 Seagate 6Gb/s SATA 1TB drives on it, and they are FAST. I do NOT buy into benchmarks. TOO many variables to use them for ANYTHING but using on ONE computer, and comparing drives on that ONE computer, with all else the same. Even then, I don't put much stock in them. BUT, in actual operation, they SCREAM. Card really works well, simple to install and setup.
The Squirrelly:    I'd LOVE to have some Write Back/Through Cache. BUT, IF it did, it would cost another 100$ MINIMUM. AND, you'd have to buy a 150$ or so "Optional Battery Pack". SO, for this "WORKSTATION", I'll stick with the 9211. IF you just HAVE to have that cache, buy the 9260-4i or 8i. BUT, be prepared to PAY a LOT more. And, don't forget the "Optional" battery pack, that really isn't optional, at least not to me, you BETTER have it!
Pro Tip:    Make CERTAIN to update to the latest firmware before initial install. I always contact LSI prior to initial install, and see what they say about updating the firmware. ONCE, they had a update, but it wasn't on the web yet, so they put it somewhere for me, and emailed me a URL. They are great. WHOLE company is great. Oh, and calling this a "entry level" card, I may be doing it a disservice. It is really good. Just missing a few things the HIGH dollar cards do. But, it is made (continued...)
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