LSI RAID Controller and HBA Complete Listing Plus OEM Models

Rand__

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Is there any particular reason why the IBM ServeRAID M1215 is not listed?
Its cheap to begin with and as such likely to be a good replacement one day for the M1015... unless there is a problem with it;) [($189 below, a bunch of them are on ebay)]
(Lenovo / IBM ServeRAID M1215 (LSI SAS9340-8i) 12Gb/s SAS and 6Gb/s SATA Storage SCSI4ME: SCSI, RAID, SAS, SATA II, and Direct Attached Storage products at affordable prices!)

And another question for the initiated - whats the deal with the N2215 being 'optimized' for ssd's? Is that marketing or are the real optimizations that make it worth getting (for ssds) over say the M1215;)
 

pricklypunter

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One day the M1215/ 9340-8i will become the new M1015, when the cost of 12Gbps capable SAS disks drop in price and the cards themselves drop below about $75-$90 used. I would say it's a marketing ploy. The N2215 is a slick card to be sure, but it's the disk controller that's optimised for the disk, not the card driving it, unless it does something fancy I don't know about with the SAS interface that only SSD's respond to or has lightning fast cache that would assist a SAS3 capable SSD. The card can do 8 lanes of PCI-e 3.0 and provide 8 SAS ports at 12Gbps and claims over 1M iops, not too shabby and should definitely keep up with a modern SSD.

All that aside, it will only benefit you if the rest of the hardware and infrastructure is also capable, which costs serious money :)
 

ScootingCat

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The MegaRAID SAS 9361-16i is up on LSI/Avago/Broadcom website:
MegaRAID SAS 9361-16i

Next-Generation High Port Count SAS RAID
The Avago MegaRAID® SAS 9361-16i, with sixteen internal ports in a lowprofile form factor, delivers two 1.2GHz PowerPC processor cores and a 72-bit DDR3 interface that drives 2GB cache memory. Powered by the SAS3316 dual-core ROC, with 16 native SAS/SATA ports, the 9361-16i controller can take full advantage of the latest PCI Express 3.0 interface to provide higher performance and increased throughput. The 12Gb/s MegaRAID SAS 9361-16i is designed for confi guring high-density storage servers with up to 16 drives via direct connection inside the box or up to 240 drives by leveraging SAS expander technology.
 

ZeDestructor

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Headsup: Broadcom (formerly Avago) have a couple of new SAS bits out:

Controllers:

HBA/cacheless RAID: SAS2116 (nothing on the official site, but it's listed on Supermicro's), SAS3216, SAS3224

RAID controllers (with cache support): SAS3316, SAS3324

Cards:

SAS 9302-16e, Dual SAS3008, FHHL PCIe x16, 4x mini -SAS HD SFF-8644 ports
SAS 9311-4i4e, Single SAS3008, HHHL PCIe x8, 1x mini -SAS HD SFF-8643 port, 1x mini -SAS HD SFF-8644 port

SAS 9305-24i, Single SAS3224, HHHL PCIe x8, 6x mini -SAS HD SFF-8643 ports
SAS 9305-16i, Single SAS3224, HHHL PCIe x8, 4x mini -SAS HD SFF-8643 ports
SAS 9305-16e, Single SAS3216, HHHL PCIe x8, 4x mini -SAS HD SFF-8644 ports

SAS 9362-8i, Single SAS3108, HHHL PCIe x8, 2x mini-SAS HD SFF8643 ports, supports CacheVault module (LSICVM02)

Other thoughts/commentary:

I suspect the SAS3x16 controllers are just SAS3x24 controllers with 8 of the PHYs disabled (and probably laser-cut off), Likely done entirely to raise usable wafer yields.
I also suspect the 9305-16i of being convertible to a 9305-24i by adding the two missing SFF-8643 connectors and force-flashing to a 9305-24i. Reason being the identical-looking PCB. Likely Broadcom is using the same line for the assembly, and the -16i cards get culled before the final addition of the top-mounted 8 ports. Looks like it's cheaper to "waste" 8ports than it is to run two assembly lines for the 2 different chipsets these days... I wonder if we'll see -16i8e, -8i16e or -24e cards later down the line...
Lastly, it looks like the SAS9362 cards are a modified smaller-PCB version of the 9361. By the looks of it for Fujitsu initially, based on the ebay listings.

EDIT: add card size info and fix one bad link...
The MegaRAID SAS 9361-16i is up on LSI/Avago/Broadcom website:
MegaRAID SAS 9361-16i

Next-Generation High Port Count SAS RAID
The Avago MegaRAID® SAS 9361-16i, with sixteen internal ports in a lowprofile form factor, delivers two 1.2GHz PowerPC processor cores and a 72-bit DDR3 interface that drives 2GB cache memory. Powered by the SAS3316 dual-core ROC, with 16 native SAS/SATA ports, the 9361-16i controller can take full advantage of the latest PCI Express 3.0 interface to provide higher performance and increased throughput. The 12Gb/s MegaRAID SAS 9361-16i is designed for confi guring high-density storage servers with up to 16 drives via direct connection inside the box or up to 240 drives by leveraging SAS expander technology.
@mobilenvidia : gentle prod to update the start of thread pages.
 

jac

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I am looking for replacement screws, does anyone have the thread and screw dimensions that affix the full height and low profile brackets to the M1015 adapter?
 
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Patrick

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@jac I do not bit it is a standard size. I believe I have actually used LSI brackets on Intel DC P3700 NVMe SSD AICs
 

jac

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I tried some from an Areca card but they are not the same so my search continues to find the exact ones so I can order a few online somewhere.
 

ZeDestructor

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I am looking for replacement screws, does anyone have the thread and screw dimensions that affix the full height and low profile brackets to the M1015 adapter?
It's most likely coarse M3 thread (the more common M3 thread, and the one pretty much all generic and unspecified M3 screws are made with). 5-6mm long pan-head screws should do the job..

EDIT: if in doubt, just buy 100 of each and find out! if it doesn't fit, find the next size smaller/larger and buy those and find out!
 

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Late to the party but page one lists the Dell Perc H310 2x4 internal as not tested. I have 5 of them flashed to IT mode in 2 servers for over a year now so that is tested enough for me.
 

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Has anyone used the IBM Lenovo N2215 / LSI SAS9302-8i PCI-E 12Gb/s SAS Controller?

Just picked one of these up on ebay. It was the only 12GB/s SAS controller I could find with upwards facing ports.
 

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Hi, I have another one for your list of cards I don't know if the company changed names or what the story is but I do know that the firmware on the broadcom site does work for this 9361-8i which was made by a company called AVAGO, it has 1G of 1866Mhz cache according to the ROM which was still the original before I flashed it to the latest version, supports raid 0,1,5,6,10,50,60 from what I have seen as well as JBOD.

Just thought you might like to know about it for completeness, seems like a pretty sweet card which I ended up paying 450NZ for, I've now got the cachevault and BBU on the way and am running 8 2TB drives off the beast with 5 Drives for Data, 2 Parities and a dedicated swap. full tilt it runs at 62c which is not wonderful so I am looking at customizing a lovely massive heatsync for it with a nice quiet fan that still has a good static pressure, ill throw the results of that test up as well, I am hoping to have it CNC'd so that the aluminium base will run above the cachevault but still sit on the ROC, in addition the heatsync is 100mm wide so should cover the ROC almost to the top of the PCIe Slot which is 103.6mm from memory - but hey will post results for everyone to see when its done.
 

nthu9280

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Lsi was bought by avago and avago was bought by broadcom :p
I think they changed the name back to Broadcom.

IIRC, Avago acquired both LSI & Broadcom. Brocade & Emulex are under this umbrella too. Too many M&As to keep up with.

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Would the Intel
RMS25CB080 able to be flashed into it mode?

Just been lazy don't want to change the cable and attach another hba
 

pricklypunter

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Would the Intel
RMS25CB080 able to be flashed into it mode?

Just been lazy don't want to change the cable and attach another hba
It can be turned into an 9207 by crossflashing it as far as I'm aware. I believe it's also picky about which mainboards it works in, but as you're using it already as is, it should be no problem for you, just need the right firmware files etc :)
 

nthu9280

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It can be turned into an 9207 by crossflashing it as far as I'm aware. I believe it's also picky about which mainboards it works in, but as you're using it already as is, it should be no problem for you, just need the right firmware files etc :)
No it's a SAS2208 based module and can't be flashed to IT mode.




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Can you help me ?
I need a very very cheap 6gb sas hba , raid not needed , just to test/use sas hdd .
Thank you
 

ZeDestructor

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Can you help me ?
I need a very very cheap 6gb sas hba , raid not needed , just to test/use sas hdd .
Thank you
This isn't the thread or forum thread for that (the trading forum is what you want).

This thread is here mostly as a big central doc we can refer to when searching for/identifying cards: Look on the first page for model/part numbers, then do 3000 ebay searches looking for the cheapest one with the right chip(s).

For HBA use, you want something based on the SAS2008, SAS2308, SAS3008, SAS3216 or SAS3224 chipsets. I like the actual LSI cards more than the rebrands - no messing around with forceflashing/crossflashing/blocking SMBus pins nonsense ever with the pure LSI cards.