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LSI SAS 2008 RAID Controller/ HBA Information

LSI SAS 2008 RAID Controller/ HBA Information

by PieterApril 18, 2012

One of the most popular server RAID controller chip and HBA controller chip out there is the LSI SAS 2008. The LSI SAS 2008 is a 6.0gbs SAS 2 or SATA III based controller that features eight ports and native PCIe connectivity. In the forums we have maintained a LSI Controller Mapping between LSI controllers and their OEM counterparts. This post will be updated with both information on the LSI SAS 2008, including how to flash cards between IT and IR modes for initiator-target and RAID modes, as well as the different OEM models commonly found in the marketplace. Oftentimes LSI SAS 2008 controllers are less expensive when found as OEM parts from Intel, Dell, HP, IBM, Supermicro and others, so it makes sense in many cases to purchase the OEM versions of the LSI SAS 2008 based cards such as the 9211-8i.

Quick Notes on the LSI SAS 2008

  • The RAID controller supports both SAS 2 and SATA III at 6.0gbps
  • Approximately 9w of power consumption for common cards
  • Single PowerPC core at 533MHz
  • No onboard cache
  • PCIe 2.0 x8 interface
  • Supports SAS expanders (with dual linking)
  • Uses sas2flash utility to flash to IT/IR mode (when possible).

Supported HBA Modes

  • RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 1E, RAID 10 and Passthrough (non-RAID)

Supported RAID Modes

  • RAID 0, RAID1, RAID 10, RAID 5, RAID 50 and JBOD

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Cards Based on the LSI SAS 2008

The following listing is for the RAID Controllers and HBAs based on the LSI SAS 2008 SAS 2 and SATA III RAID controller.

LSI SAS 9211-8i

LSI SAS 9211-8i


Naming Convention: i=internal port(s), e=external port(s)
LSI original SAS 2008 based controller, all cards are PCIe 2.0 x8 unless otherwise noted.

LSI Logic Cards

LSI9240 series use iMR mode (integrated MegaRaid) 

  • LSI9240-4i Supports RAIDs 0, 1, 10, 5, 50 and JBOD
  • LSI9240-8i Supports RAIDs 0, 1, 10, 5, 50 and JBOD

LSI920x/921x series are LSI HBA / Fusion MPT 2.0 all  in IR mode support RAIDs 0, 1, 1e, and 10, IT mode = passthrough only


Dell Cards

Cisco Cards

  • Cisco UCSC RAID SAS 2008M-8i

Fujitsu Cards

Oracle (Sun) Cards

Intel RAID Cards

  • Intel RS2WC080 looks identical to the LSI 9240-8i and IBM M1015, but supports RAID 5 and RAID 50 like the 9240-8i.

Intel Proprietary PCIe x4 Cards

  • Intel RMS2AF040 (Proprietary PCIe 4x)
  • Intel RMS2AF080 (Proprietary PCIe 4x) As above but 8 port

Hewlett Packard HBA’s

  • HP H220 Host Bus Adapter
  • HP H221 Host Bus Adapter (2x External SFF-8088 connectors)
  • HP H222 Host Bus Adapter
  • HP H220i Host Bus Adapter
  • HP H210i Host Bus Adapter

Supermicro Proprietary Format UIO Cards

Lenovo RAID Controllers


Feel free to contribute to anything here by posting in the LSI Controller Mapping post. We need community feedback to make this as useful as we can for everyone.

About The Author
Pieter is perhaps best known as the one behind He has been a regular contributor in the STH forums and has been detailing his learning, specifically in the area of LSI controllers on STH. He is quickly becoming the resident LSI controller guru.
  • Tom Wertford
    April 18, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Bookmarked. Great job. Please keep updating.

  • Tommy Bowman
    April 18, 2012 at 7:24 am

    great resource. thanks for this. are you guys doing other LSI chips like the sas 2108 and 2308 also?

  • euroford
    September 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Thanks for this, so many cards based on the LSI 2008 chip, could you show more detail differences of these cards besides the brands? Do they have the same performance or not?


  • Chris
    February 12, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Hi there,
    the HP SC08e is a relabelled LSI 9200-8e.
    The original labels are still visible on the pcb.

  • esteban
    February 22, 2013 at 4:50 am

    I have a Dell PERC H200 LSI 2008 chip and works a corei7 “Lynnfield” (45 nm) now I have a new intel corei7 Ivy Bridge but not working.

    Somebody know if is possible works this card on my intel corei7 Ivy Bridge?

    • William
      September 16, 2014 at 7:48 am

      Any one know how to get SATA drives connnect to this controller (9211-8i in IT mode) to show up as removable in Server 2012 R2?

  • Joseph
    October 23, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Asus also uses the 2008 SAS controller on the following two cards / Motherboard:
    Asus Pike 2008
    Asus Pike 2008 / IMR

    The second seems like a port of the 9240i. These cards are kind of unique though as they only fit in the Pike slot on select Asus server and worksgation motherboards. The actual SAS or SATA connectors the card uses are also built on to the motherboard and are just unusable until you add in the card. I found it to be a good way to leave room for expansion later on if you are looking for something less expensive in a server build.

    Great List by the way. It was exactly what I was looking for.

  • Ravi Mehta
    October 25, 2014 at 4:23 am


    I have an Asrock Extreme 11/AC motherboard. It has an inbuild Lsi sas 2008 controller but i am not sure if it can be flashed to support in IT mode so that I can passthrough it to my windows server 2012 r2 vm on ESXi.

    Thanks for your feedback.


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