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LSI Internal SATA/SAS 9211-4i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 RAID Controller Card, Single)--Avago Technologies

  • 1 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS Internal Connectors

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The LSI SAS 9211-4i host bus adapter provides the greatest available throughput to internal server storage arrays through four 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 one internal x4 SFF8087 Mini-SAS connector, the low-profile SAS 9211-4i is an excellent fit for 1U and 2U servers.

The SAS 9211-4i utilizes the embedded CPU in the LSISAS2008 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 x4 PCI Express 2.0 host interface. By reducing RAID code overhead, this HBA delivers high-speed READ/WRITE performance, making it perfect for medium to high-capacity internal storage applications.

  • newegg SAS 6Gb/s Compliant The LSI 9211-4i 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 9211-4i 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 x4 Interface The LSI 9211-4i features the PCI Express 2.0 x4 interface which provides sufficient throughput and full-duplex operation for enhanced performance.

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  • Appleoddity
  • 10/7/2014 1:01:36 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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3 out of 5 eggsSlow Performance

Pros: The card is affordable and is a true hardware RAID.

Cons: This card has NO cache memory. Be careful you don't make the mistake I did before ordering. I didn't realize this card has no cache memory and therefore write operations on the hard drives result in huge performance issues. This card is really underwhelming in the performance department. While writing a big file to a RAID 1 array you will have an almost unbearably slow response for all other disk related activities.

Make sure you get the breakout cable if you use this card. That is another negative because the higher end, better performing cards come with the cables already.

Other Thoughts: It gets 3 eggs because its really not a bad card, but for a few dollars more you can get a much better performing card with cache memory.

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  • XrstalLens
  • 9/2/2014 1:25:45 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsSuper Reliable

Pros: I have another LSI card in another machine that has always been super reliable, so I purchased this card for my server when I started having reliability problems with the built-in raid. This card is simpler than the other LSI cards in that it's a "host card" that only supports RAID 0 and 1 volumes but not RAID 5 or 6. However, it is still hardware based, not software based, and uses the same management software as for all the LSI MegaRAID cards. I bought it to run RAID 1 on the system drive for my Windows Server 2012 machine and once I got everything moved over it's been great. Far superior to any software raid solution I've used, especially the "built-in" varieties.

Cons: LSI cards report a smaller drive capacity on physical disks than other RAID implementations such as Adaptec. This can make recovering from a backup, for example, painful if you do not prepare beforehand. If you want to switch an existing system to this card, make sure you shrink the partitions/volumes on your drive by 2-3 GB prior to making your backup, otherwise the backup will fail to restore because it will say the disk is too small to create the original partitions.

Other Thoughts: Mine came with recent firmware (Feb 2014) but I still did a firmware update. It was quite a painless process for me - I did it on a running Windows Server 2012 system using the MegaRAID software.

If you run RAID 0 or 1 on your system using the built-in software RAID, you owe it to yourself to get this card or another like it. The experience is faster and far more reliable. It handles disk problems much better as well - one of the drives in my current RAID 1 volume has some bad sectors and until I can replace it the LSI card handles it quite well, while my built-in Adaptec controller gave me no end of trouble.

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  • N/A
  • 8/23/2014 5:00:43 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsGreat product

Pros: Worked right out of the box. It was compatible with my Dell 670 and Windows 7. And it recognized all of the 4TB hard drive. This was the fourth HBA I purchased from Newegg, and none of them performed completely satisfactorily like the LSI.

Cons: It was a little pricey, but I would have gladly purchased it first had I known it was the only one that worked. The other HBA boards seemed primitive by comparison.

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  • Mitchell Hennessy
  • 6/25/2014 9:47:19 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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4 out of 5 eggsIT Preferred over IR Firmware

Pros: Using for HDDs, and when flashed to IT mode (which took time on an ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 mobo), the spindle disks are as "fast" as they'd be on the native Intel Z68 SATA ports from the chipset. I'm just using this for additional (SAS-to-)SATA connections for my mainboard, so RAID functionality was not needed or desired -- consequently, I cannot speak to its RAID performance.

Works in Windows 8/Server 2012 natively, but installed updated drivers anyway.

Cons: Does not come with a SAS cable, but I can't knock an egg off for that, as LSI would have to bundle every kind of SAS-to-<insert interface> cable of multiple lengths to please EVERYone, and clearly that's not possible.

Had to force my motherboard to boot using legacy BIOS mode instead of UEFI for additional OptionROMs, as it would not boot from the Intel chipset ports when connected (it would POST successfully, but not boot, even when chosen directly from the boot menu) -- possibly could be the limitation from my motherboard, but that was even after flashing the UEFI firmware onto the card. Not a complete deal-breaker, however.

Using this card on a regular desktop board was on me -- I knew full well I'd be taking a risk buying it and it possibly not working or not working as expected. The egg taken is because the firmware/BIOS update process is a bit....involved. Once all the prerequisites are met, it's actually fairly straightforward, but getting there is the involved part. The readme's also have slightly inaccurate directions regarding reboots during the flash process which could cause you to brick the card and require an RMA (see Other Thoughts).

Other Thoughts: Firmware upgrades can be done from within Windows using the MegaRAID Java applet as long as it's -IR to -IR or -IT to -IT, but depending on how current the firmware is, the MegaRAID software will no longer detect the card -- the best bet, is as is suggested by LSI and by other Internet searches: use the DOS/FreeDOS/UEFI shell method of firmware flashing/upgrading; you'll save yourself the headache later. If your motherboard lacks the ROM space for its own internal or built-in UEFI shell, find one online then copy the Installer for UEFI files to the root of a 2GB or larger flash drive (rename the *.efi file to "Shellx64.efi") you're creating for it, then "Boot to UEFI shell from filesystem device" from your BIOS/UEFI advanced/boot menu. The commands are listed in the readme's.

As far as regular non-RAID HBAs go, this card was a good buy after flashing the appropriate firmware onto the card.

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  • N/A
  • 4/28/2014 12:16:18 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsForward breakout cables needed

Pros: not sure yet, additional testing is needed.

Cons: I am waiting to configure. No mention in LSI documentation regarding the need for forward breakout cables.

Other Thoughts: Be careful, read forums before purchase.

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  • Ranger Danger
  • 12/20/2013 10:58:20 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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4 out of 5 eggsMaybe user error....

Pros: Affordable for the technology. Ctrl+C works every time. Easy to configure and setup the raid

Cons: Drivers seem to not work for Windows 7 Pro setup. Tried using flash sticks, made CD with drivers and tried reading from original CD. During Windows 7 Pro setup, the driver will not work. The only driver that windows would see the LSISAS drive is Vista 64 but it would error out and will not let me continue. I pull the card out and used RAID 10 on my EVGA x79 Classified board and it installed fine. Not sure why these drivers will not stick

Other Thoughts: again this could be user error but it should not be this hard to setup a raid controller and letting windows see it

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  • IhatemyISP
  • 8/15/2013 7:37:49 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFreeNAS Server

Pros: - Worked right out of the box
- Port expander support
- Rear mounted mini-SAS port
- 4TB drive support

Cons: - Ships with old firmware

Other Thoughts: I bought this as a card for my lan FreeNAS box. I wasn't in need of a high end card, just one that would work with my backplane and FreeNAS. So far it's got five 4TB drives connected via the port expander and it's running beautifully.

Because it worked right out of the box, I decided not to update the firmware. The only issue I've found is when I was creating my five disk raid0 array, it didn't show the entire capacity of the array in the setup menu, just the combined capacity of the first two drives. After creating the array however it does show the full capacity of the array. I'm not taking a egg for that.

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  • EndlessImaging
  • 3/26/2013 6:55:32 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsAs good as expected

Pros: True SATA III capabilities, PCI-E x4

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: Works well on Dell T3500 workstation system board, and so far a single SATA III SSD (Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe 240GB). May add two more drives in RAID 0 later. Comes with the SAS2004-IR BIOS that supports mixed JBOD and RAID arrays.

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  • XrXca
  • 2/9/2013 10:19:59 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Non-Raid Speed, since reflashing the card to the IT configuration and moving it to a Linux server the speed has been great for two software (md) RAID 1 sets.
Compatibility, has "Just Worked" in both machines/OS's it's been in.

Cons: Poor RAID Performance. Not really a surprise as it has no onboard memory cache) but we hadn't expected high end performance for this price so not taking any stars away.

Other Thoughts: I picked this up as a cheap temporary solution for a VMWare ESXi server, it worked and got use through till a new server with fibre SAN was ready.
Having dealt with many HW vendors, it's very nice to see a RAID vendor where I don't have to go through hoops to get the firmware I need, or even documentation.

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  • N/A
  • 10/2/2012 10:52:35 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsSATA 6Gb/s support on older motherboards

Pros: An HBA with the ability to provide SATA 6Gb/s speeds for single or multiple single drives in IT mode on older X58 motherboards, which performs perfectly. Requires a free PCIe 2.0 x4 slot

Support is great and MUST be sought for guidance on updating firmware and bios for changing between IR (integrated RAID) mode and IT (Initiator Target, single drives) mode.

Connected with an SSD brought new life to an aging motherboard.

Cons: Delivered with two year old firmware.

firmware and BIOS update process must be followed precisely. Bootable USB creation with freeDOS and required utility instructions could be better. Call their helpful support before attempting to update.

Needs separately supplied SAS breakout cables

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