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September 13, 2013

LSI 9300-4i4e HBA – Next Generation 12gbps SAS 3 Performance

The LSI 9300-4i4e is a next-generation 12gbps SAS3 host bus adapter that effectively can double the potential performance of storage systems with new SSDs
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November 8, 2012

IBM ServeRAID M1000 Advanced Feature Key for M1015 – $70

One deal recently brought to our attention was for the IBM ServeRAID M1000 Advanced feature key. These are listed on ebay for $59.95 with $8.50 shipping in the US or best offer. Generally, the IBM ServeRAID M1000 series advanced feature key sells for $110-$130 so the ebay offering is for about half of the normal price. IBM’s ServeRAID LSI-based controllers usually have a reduced feature set from LSI branded cards. The companies use feature keys, such as the IBM ServeRAID M1000 series advanced feature key to add functionality to existing cards. The IBM ServeRAID M1015 is an extremely popular disk controller as it is inexpensive and based on the LSI SAS2008 chipset. Normally it [...]

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October 24, 2012

LSI SAS 9206-16e Dual SAS 2308 HBA Preview

Today we have a preview of the LSI SAS 9206-16e. The HBA is similar to the LSI SAS 9202-16e in that it has dual controllers. This time, LSI adorns the single slot HBA with a PCIe 3.0 x8 interface and dual SAS 2308 controllers. LSI has released increasingly more information about this HBA. The last 2 articles in the specifications and also in the power use. I’ve just got some more info in on this beast of a card. 

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October 10, 2012

LSI SAS 9207-8e SAS II and SATA III HBA: Benchmarks

Patrick took a first look at the LSI SAS 9207-8e host bus adapter recently. Now it’s time to see if the new card can deliver the performance we expect. In this article, we test throughput and IOPS performance in an attempt to answer the age old question: How much faster is this little guy compared to its predecessors? It’s a very real question. The previous hardware refresh eclipsed the LSI 9200-8e with the 9205-8e, featuring a new and faster chip but delivering essentially the same performance. Both cards deliver very good performance, to be sure, but I hoped for more. Hopefully this update won’t disappoint.

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