LSI 9300-8i Overview:
LSI 9300-8i PCI-Express 3.0 SATA / SAS 8-Port SAS3 12Gb/s HBA Add Internal 12Gbps SAS and 6Gbps SATA Connectivity to Rack-mount Servers and Workstations The LSI 9300-8i 12Gbps SAS Host Bus Adapter provides increased connectivity and maximum performance for high-end servers and appliances within internal storage, or connecting to large scale storage enclosures. The low-profile form factor, along with the included full-height bracket, allows for easy installation. KEY FEATURES Improved Connectivity The LSI 9300-8i is based on the SAS 3008 IO controller, integrating the latest enhancements in SAS and PCI Express technology.
It supports eight PCI Express lanes that comply with the latest PCI Express 3.0 specifications. The support for both SAS and SATA drives gives flexibility in designing storage architectures and helps protect existing infrastructure investments. Now, you can easily connect to up to 1024 SAS and SATA devices with its built-in eight internal 12Gbps SAS and SATA ports. High Performance The LSI 9300-8i provides up to 12Gbps SAS and up to 6Gbps SATA performance across eight lanes of PCIe 3.0 connectivity. In addition, it’s also backwards compatible with previous SAS and PCIe generations through automatic negotiation, and provides SAS data transfer rates of 6Gbps and 3Gbps per lane, and SATA data transfer rates of 3Gbps per lane.
Easy Installation The LSI 9300-8i fits into 1U/2U rack-mounted servers and workstations with a low-profile form factor (full-height bracket included. )
LSI SAS 9300-8I HBA Specifications:
|LSI SAS 9300-8i HBA|
|I/O Controller||SAS 3008 Fusion MPT 2.5|
|Port Count||8 port, internal|
|Connectors||Mini SAS HD
SFF8643 Two (x4)
|Storage Connectivity Data Transfer Rates||12Gb/s SAS 3.0 Compliant|
|SAS Bandwidth||Half Duplex (x8 wide bus)
|Port Configurations||8 ea, x1 ports (individual drives)
2 ea, x4 wide port
|Host Bus||x8 lane, PCIe 3.0|
|PCI Data Burst Transfer Rates||Half Duplex
x8, PCIe 3.0, 8000 MB/s
|Form Factor||Low Profile|
|Physical Dimensions||2.6” x 6.0”|
|Brackets||Full Height and low profile vented|
|Cable Support||Passive Copper|
|LED Management||Reference SFF-8485 (SGPIO) compliant|
|Operating Voltage||+12V +/-8%; 3.3V +/-9%|
|PCI Power (Nominal)||13W|
|Device Support||1024 Non-RAID devices|
|Environmental||Operating: 0°C to 55°C
Storage: -45°C to 105°C
5 to 90% Non-condensing
Airflow: 200 LFM
|Regulatory Certifications||EMC: Class B-US (CFR 47, P15B); Canada (ICES-003); Japan (V-3/02.04); Europe (EN55022/EN55024);
Australia/New Zealand (AS/NZS 3548); Korea (N-B 2-0001-404); Safety: EN60950; RoHS; WEEE
|OS Support||Microsoft Windows, Linux (SuSE , Red Hat), Solaris, VMware, FreeBSD See http://www.lsi.com/support/pages/download-search.aspx for details on versions * The HBA supports Solaris 10 and Oracle® provides a built in driver; installation of an LSI driver is not required. For more information on the Oracle Solaris 10 driver and installation, sign in at the following Oracle link: https://support.oracle.com/ Contact Oracle support for Oracle driver or software support.|
Pros: I added this to an X299-based system and connected it up to my SATA drives using N82E16812400865. Performance feels really good and I’m looking forward to benchmarking SATA I/O compared to the chipset.
Cons: It adds a couple minutes to the power-on-self-test. It appears to stall with their copyright banner but if you wait it out, you’ll see it finally continue on it’s way. I’m not sure offhand how to flash the firmware from my linux system, it wasn’t obvious from their web site how to do that.
Overall Review: I am curious to someday match this to a 9SIAA0T6N15523 Intel SAS port expander.
Running under Debian Stable since ’16. Since 9, no drivers needed. mdadm has worked well through this card for 8 x 8TB SAS drives.
I’m using this on my whitebox hypervisor. Since ESX doesn’t let you do anything with storage system i decided to use hyper-v and windows storage spaces. My storage space is a combo of ssd and hhd which is called a “tiered pool”. With a TP windows puts the “hot” files on SSD and “cold” on HHD. I’ve also configured each volume with its own SSD write cache (storage space parameter).
Result: Super fast VMs. No disk contention, no exhausted disk caches, no more lengthy disk queues.
This is a great freaken product.