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LSI MegaRAID Internal Low-Power SATA/SAS 9240-8i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 RAID Controller Card, Single

  • RAID 0/1/5/10/50 JBOD
  • 2 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS Internal Connectors Up to 6Gb/s
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LSI MegaRAID SATA+SAS entry controller cards are designed to bring HW RAID capabilities to non-traditional users. From small and medium business owners to gaming enthusiasts, MegaRAID Entry products allow users to enjoy the latest RAID technology at affordable prices with low power consumption. This product line delivers trusted MegaRAID reliability with minimal maintenance effort. MegaRAID entry controller cards offer users a straight-forward solution that includes essential RAID levels and uncomplicated configuration options.

6Gb/s SAS is designed for backward compatibility with 3Gb/s SAS as well as with 3Gb/s SATA hard drives. Regardless of the drive speed, 6Gb/s controllers can deliver up to twice the performance level in both read and write applications as compared to their 3Gb/s predecessors.

  • newegg SAS 6Gb/s Compliant The LSI MegaRAID SAS 9240-8i 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 MegaRAID SAS 9240-8i supports multi-level RAID configuration including RAID 0, 1, 5, JOBD, 10 and 50 for better performance, enhanced data security and flexible capacity upgrades.
  • newegg PCI Express 2.0 x8 Interface The LSI MegaRAID SAS 9240-8i features the PCI Express 2.0 x8 interface which provides sufficient throughput and full-duplex operation for enhanced performance.


Learn more about the LSI LSI00200 (9240-8i Single)

Model

Brand
LSI
Model
LSI00200 (9240-8i Single)
Form Factor
Low Profile

Specifications

Type
SATA / SAS
Internal Connectors
2 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS
Interface
PCI-Express 2.0 x8
Transfer Rate
Up to 6Gb/s
RAID
RAID 0/1/5/10/50 JBOD
Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows, Linux (SuSE, Red Hat), Solaris, Vmware.

*See www.lsi.com/support for details on versions.
Dimensions
6.6" x 2.536"

Features

Features
SAS Controller: LSI SAS2008

Key RAID Data Protection:
RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 10, 50 and JBOD mode
Selectable logical drive as boot drive
Consistency Check
Fast initialization for quick array setup
Native Command Queuing
Staggered spin up for SATA drives
Hot plug support
Global hot spare support
Online Capacity Expansion (OCE)
Online RAID Level Migration (RLM)
Single controller Multipathing
I/O Load balancing
SSD support with SSD Guard
Automatic rebuild of hot spare drives
Auto resume during array rebuild
Fault LED support through SGPIO
>2TB logical drive support
Soft bad block management
Error recovery support
DDF compliant Configuration on Disk
S.M.A.R.T. support
Patrol read for media scanning and repairing
Enclosure management:
-SES (inband)
-SGPIO (sideband)

RAID Management:
MegaRAID Management Suite:
MegaRAID Storage Manager
MegaCLI (command-line interface)
WebBIOS.

Packaging

Package Contents
MegaRAID SAS 9240-8i
QIG
LP bracket
Driver & Manual CD

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
3 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 0 day


Customer Reviews of the LSI LSI00200 (9240-8i Single)

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  • Jay
  • 5/9/2014 7:57:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Value on board Raid replacement.

Pros: Great Raid card. This is not a high performance card, so if your expecting high perf and don't get it, don't complain, buy the card with 512MB of cache if you want high perf. This card is a great on board raid replacement. On board raids are not reliable majority of the time and are not true RAID but Virtual RAID. If you looking for something to take it's place and plan on running RAID 5 for Data storage, this card is great. I have it hooked up to 5 Samsung 2TB 7200 RPM drives and it has been rock solid for nearly 2 years. Write speeds average around 110/mbps going from my SSD to the RAID, this is what I would expect for a Raid card at this price range running RAID 5. I can't comment on SSD perf with this card as I have never done it, but I imagine with Average write speeds of 110/mbps with 7200RPM platter drives you can expect at least double that. Really happy I bought this card as it has never done me wrong in the 2 years I have owned it. The web driven UI is awesome and easy to manage. Setup was a breeze and I had no driver issues with Win 7 x64 or Win 8/8.1. I actually bought another one of these for my Hyper-v Host, Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition, no issues there either, driver install was a breeze and raid setup/config was just as easy. If you looking for a Raid replacement for your poor virtual on board raid, this is the answer, buy it and be happy!

Cons: No Cache, but really this is not a con. This card was made for someone who wants true hardware RAID but does not need stellar performance.

Other Thoughts: Not sure what all the bad reviews are about regarding perf, if you wanted killer perf in RAID 5 you should have bought a far better card. On top of that the bad reviews about compatibility, common people, there is a reason LSI has a compatibility list they keep updated and they tell you to look at before buying the card, it's not their fault if you ignored it.

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  • N/A
  • 5/8/2013 8:59:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsBe prepared to flash

Pros: Good performance for the price.

Cons: Doesnt come ready to go out of the box for certain windows server versions.

Other Thoughts: Had hours of head ache with this card. I first accidentally installed windows server 2008, and not 2088 r2. The card showed up and worked fine with 2008, but when i remembered i needed r2 and upgraded, the card came up in windows and couldnt start. I did several fresh installs with the same problem. I then tried to flash the latest firmware with the same problem. Then i remembered i had this same card in a server running 2008 r2 and it was working fine. Checked its firmware, and it was running a firmware that was in between what cam on the card and the newest. Flashed it and everything was fine. How stupid is that. Needed ver 10M09P35. Hope this helps someone.

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  • omgoozles
  • 1/9/2013 4:00:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible raid support with SSDs

Pros: None

Cons: The supermicro board I got had SATA 3Gbps raid that was faster than the 6Gbps on this board. I got 20MB write speeds on 4x256 Kingston hyperX SSDs in raid 10. Terrible.

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  • compdoc
  • 10/16/2012 3:33:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot for noobs

Pros: Somewhat low-cost and supports PCI-e 2.0. Having tested, I find it does support RAID 1 & 5. And it does work with a Gigabyte motherboard if you get the UEFI bios settings right. (See below)

Using the Gnome Disk Utility benchmark shows:
(Raid 5 with four SAS drives)
Max Read: 434.3 Mb/s
Average Read: 289.7 Mb/s

My virtual machine (qemu-kvm) and samba server:

CPU: AMD A8-5500 APU (awesome cpu!)
Board: GIGABYTE GA-F2A85X-UP4 FM2
OS: Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS (no extra drivers need to be installed)
Drives: 4x Seagate Constellation ES.2 2TB SAS (ST32000645SS) I will add more later.
Crucial Ballistix 8GB DDR3 1866
Rosewill 750w PSU

Cons: The 9240-8i came with a firmware so old that its version is no longer listed in the current README. So, I updated to the latest as soon as I got it. Version: 20.10.1-0107

The current firmware from LSI has not been updated for almost a year.

During testing, I created a RAID 0 using two sata hard drives and whenever I ran the Disk Utility benchmark, the entire system would lock up. This did not happen when the two drives were configured as RAID 1, or when the four SAS drives were set as Raid 5.

To enter the card's 'WebBios' to manually configure an array, you have to hit Control-H at boot when asked, and then hit the F11 or F12 key to bring up your motherboard's boot menu. Once the boot menu pops up, you have to select "PCI raid adapter" to boot from, which then enters the setup. Stupid, I know. You must do this even if you do not have a UEFI bios - at least on the systems I've tried it on.

If you do have a UEFI bios: (comes on newer motherboards)

1) To even see the raid card detecting the drives, you must configure your motherboard's UEFI bios Storage Boot Option to 'Legacy'. Not 'UEFI only'. Mine has the options 'Legacy First' or 'Legacy Only' as well as the UEFI options.
2) Disable 'Full Screen Logo'.
3) On my system, I also have to select the Display Boot Option (video) to 'Legacy Only' or 'Legacy First' to prevent a blank screen. Ubuntu doesn't seem to like UEFI display settings.
4) My Gigabyte has CSM Support set it to 'Always', and Boot Mode Selection set to 'UEFI and Legacy'.
5) Once you’ve created the array, you can set your bios back to boot using 'UEFI first' or 'UEFI only' if required.

Other Thoughts: Once you install your OS using 'Legacy' or 'UEFI' the OS might have problems booting afterwards if you switch the option in the bios, so set the option you need before installing.

In Ubuntu, I tried to install the LSI gui program named 'MegaRAID Storage Manager', but while installing it wiped out my manual raid configuration on the card and I could never get the program to run.

The 9240-8i has no memory cache and probably isn't the fastest card, but it works and after copying several hundred gigs worth of files to the array, I believe its stable.

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  • N/A
  • 3/23/2012 9:27:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCheck Motherboard Compatability Before Buying

Pros: Good Phone Support. Spoke with a knowledgeable American on the first try. LSI does have good technical support. Requires a new BIOS that supports EUFI for the GUI to work. This GUI was a bit clunky but worked on my new configuration which is an Asus Sabertooth 990FX mother board with an 8 core Bulldozer and 16GB of RAM.

Cons: This LSI 9420-8i did not work with my motherboard. LSI only supports two motherboards that are not Xeon/Opteron based. Do not expect this card to work unless it is in the Compatibility list of motherboards on the LSI website. If this card was plugged into the motherboard my system would slow to a crawl when booted to CentOS 6.2 from a SATA disk plugged into the motherboard. There were constant PCI error reported to the console and syslog.

Other Thoughts: Found an discarded LSI SAS card in the basement and this old card worked in any open PCIe 16x or 8x slot on the mother board. I did have to replace the MegaRAID card and boot to the LSI UEFI BIOS to remove the MegaRAID labels on the disks before I could configure them using Linux mdadm software RAID. So I am now happily running with an 8 disk array and software RAID and getting 48MB/s on these 7.2K rpm SAS disks. But my thirty day RMA period with Newegg expired before I got the problem sorted.

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  • N/A
  • 2/11/2012 8:05:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot for RAID 5

Pros: Does what it says, comes with the standard LSI MegaRaid utilities (which are awesome btw) and runs decently fast in a RAID 0 configuration. If you just want a RAID 0 across 8 drives in an inexpensive way, this card is for you.

Cons: In our tests, the system actually ran slightly slower in RAID 0 than the Intel Rapid Storage Technology which was built onto the motherboard. This card does not support on card XOR calculations which is pretty much all RAID5 does. Therefore in our RAID 5 tests we were getting absolutely horrible speeds since those calculations were offloaded to the CPU (just like Intel Rapid Storage Technology). The difference here was, the Intel RST ran 5 times faster on a RAID 5 than the LSI card did with the same equipment. If a motherboard with Intel RST costs under $100, than this card should cost no more than $50 IMO.

Other Thoughts: I love LSI, but this card is obviously the bottom of the barrel and is actually worse than Intel RST RAID. The biggest thing this card has going for it is that it comes with the LSI MegaRaid utilities. Personally though, I would just buy a motherboard that supports Intel RST instead.

We ended up going with the LSI 9260-8i with BBU instead. Great card, fast, has 512MB cache and massively improved RAID 5 speed (also, $300 more in the end).

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  • efether
  • 1/6/2012 6:53:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMotherboard Compatibility Issues

Pros: Web based configuration at time of post; Multiple LUNs (aka Virtual Disk) per Array; Drivers for ESX(i) 4.1, and native to 5.0; Great support and reputable company!

Cons: Motherboard compatibility issues!!

One other reviewer had issues with a Gigabyte board, I had issues with two(2) boards -- EVGA 680i and ASUS P8P67 Pro. VMware ESXi hangs at the very end of boot (both 4.1U2 and 5.0), and Windows (on the EVGA 680i) gives an error "No physical memory is available at the location required for the Windows Boot Manager. The system can not continue." On the P8P67Pro, Windows simply would not initialize the board and showed it as OFFLINE.

Other Thoughts: I've worked with LSI for a LONG time at work, and I'm very disappointed at this situation. There's no way to update the firmware of the board unless you can boot the OS, so any fix from LSI has to be done at time of manufacture, or you have to have multiple machines that can take the card, and hope one boots it enough to patch the firmware (this isn't to say that a firmware update is out that fixes this problem).

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  • Bigbillyt
  • 7/11/2011 6:22:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat inexpensive RAID solution

Pros: Okay, I know this is a somewhat dangerous experiment but I have this card running a RAID 5 array comprised of 7 WD RE4-GP recertified drives. That's 6 drives in RAID 5 with a hot spare for 9TBs of usable space. I have only had this running for a few weeks but so far I have no problems. LSI utilty for Windows server is great. Performance seems to be quite good as well with write speeds around 80-100mb/s and reads at around 120-130mb/s. So, for a low power controller with no onboard memory, it is doing a respectable job.

Cons: None so far, great deal as an open box item too.

Other Thoughts: Fantastic value for a good RAID card capable of running 8 drives.

Took about 3 days to initialize the 9tb array.

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  • Bryan B
  • 5/12/2011 4:19:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Controller, however...

Pros: Fast. Inexpensive compared to similar offerings from the competition. Feature rich. Great graphical and command line interface. 24/7 technical support from LSI. Works flawlessly with ESXi 4.1 with a single-digit modification to the driver's accompanying XML file.

Cons: Does not work with some X58-based boards due to on-board controller conflict; Google is your friend. Intel's X58SO board will not post properly if the Megaraid BIOS is setup for anything other than JBOD.

VMWare's in-box driver for this controller does not work for ESXi 4.1 - you must use LSI's driver with a mild modification to an XML file.

Other Thoughts: Trying to install LSI's VMWare driver will result in an error if you are using ESXi 4.1. The vmware.xml file in the offline-bundle shows version 4.0.0, so this file must be edited to read 4.1.0 for ESXi to allow the install.

Once this driver is installed, you can utilize this controller flawlessly. I've contacted LSI so they can make this correction on their side.

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  • iman
  • 9/22/2010 9:51:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Seems to be a great card. I am using it with VMware 4.1 ESXi. I am using the Western Digital 1TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache drives with this card.

Cons: NO CABLES!!! If you need cables to attach to your hard drives; order the kit not this card. Cheaper than ordering cables after the fact like I had to do. This is the only reason I didn't give it 5 eggs.

Other Thoughts: Newegg should post that this DOES NOT come with cables.

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