Is the HP P822 RAID controller any good?

Discussion in 'RAID Controllers and Host Bus Adapters' started by Ed., Jul 20, 2019.

  1. Ed.

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    I am starting to upgrade my PC to get a better RAID setup and as these P822 RAID controller cards with 2GB FBWC cache and battery, new (unused) are less than Au$100 delivered (E-Bay) , I am contemplating getting one.

    My system currently is:
    ASUS P9X79E-WS (UEFI BIOS)
    16GB RAM
    4x 320GB Seagate SATA +1 global spare in a RAID5 connected to a LSI 9267-8i 512mb RAM RAID card
    (MegaRAID software)
    WD 1TB SATA
    256GB SSD Samsung 860 EVO (boot disk) with Server 2016 OS
    LTO-4 SCSI External tape + Adaptec 29320LPE SCSI card.
    All the 320GB SATA drives are all SATA2 and very old.

    I have just bought 6x 2TB Ultrastar SAS 6Gbps drives and was thinking of connecting them to the HP P822 card, whilst that card is only 6Gbps as is the other LSI card I have, I am unlikely to get any faster HDD's for a long while, so going to a 12Gbps card, whilst it may be nice, it will not really be of any benefit but at a lot more bucks!

    So my question is, is the P822 a reasonable card or does it have problems in a non HP hardware box and peripherals or is there any other brand/model I should look at. It seems to have a "non standard" RAID chip in it (Sierra SRCv 8x6G SAS RAID-on-chip).

    Prefer not to spend more than AU$100 unless there is a compelling reason to do so.
    These seem to be the best bang for buck cards that I have found for the price with 8i and 16e ports which I assume are expander ports? just not sure of compatibility.

    Looking for opinions/suggestions from those who have them or have tried them.
     
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    Thanks BeToP for the links, the second didn't have much value in regards to the P822 but from the first link it seems that it could be a hit or miss affair with it. So long as it doesn't continually hang on UEFI BIOS boot up it should be OK as I will be setting up the array under the Server 2016 OS after it boots from the SSD. I have ordered one today and in about a month or so (when all the parts arrive) will configure it in my system and see how it goes. I will do an update later on in case anyone else in interested after I get it going....or not!:rolleyes:
     
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    The reason for the second link is that P420 behaves very similar to P822 in regards to being installed in non HP servers.

    Other than that P822 has an outstanding performance for the price. In the past it alone has been enough reason for me to pick a compatible HP server instead of other options.
     
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    You might be interested in the IBM M1215 as it can be found under US$100 and is a SAS3 12Gbps card can be very easily flashed :D
     
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    Thanks for your replies guys, I did consider the IBM1215, but by the time you factor in the US$ conversion, plus delivery and the 10%GST charge on the total, it would have been almost double what the P822 cost but the biggest disadvantage for me with the IBM M1215 cards that I found is that that you had to buy an optional upgrade to get the RAID 5 that I want to use, as it it doesn't come standard on that card.

    This is assuming I can get the P822 to work in my system, and whilst 12Gb may be nice, at this stage I will not be going to get faster drives so probably no point in getting a faster card, and if I can't get it to work then it's back to the drawing board looking at specs again! Realistically I can use my current card (LSI 9267-8I) but I am not overly fond of the 512MB cache that one has so wanted one with a bigger cache but it had to do RAID 5.

    At one stage a while ago, I picked up several HP servers, but I quickly got rid off them, couldn't stand the noise that their fans made:(, not ideal in a small quiet room in a house:eek:.
     
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    Just an update, I installed the card and Server 2016 recognized it as well as the BIOS when the system booted up. I could not get into it from the BIOS though. I ran the HP software and it found the 6 x SAS HGST 2GB Hard drives connected to it but from then it developed problems, it worked up to the point where I setup a new Virtual drive but then it would not initialize the RAID 5 I was trying to setup. Ran the diagnostics and it kept saying the it was in an unrecognized slot so after a few PCI-E slot swaps I was going nowhere.

    I got hold of the latest firmware and when I tried to upgrade it, it failed and the message I received was that there was a hardware item missing so I can only surmise that there is some sort of hardware that is only on the HP motherboards that it needs to complete the processes.

    This is a bit strange as I also installed a HP H241 12gb SAS card to connect my external SAS HP LTO-5 drive that I just bought, and that one works fine. So it could be a dud card but I am thinking it is an incompatibility with my ASUS M/board.

    Any thoughts anyone?
     
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    Success at last, after many attempts I managed to finally get the correct firmware from the HP site for the P822 card and it upgraded, and also now works in my system, it managed to initialize a pair of SATA drives and also a set of 5 x 2GB SAS drives which are now set as a RAID 5 with a spare disk. I can't get to the card via the BIOS bootup but only through Windows. But still it works so I am happy!
     
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