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LSI 9300-4i4e SAS PCIe 12Gb/s HBA Card Review

By Olin Coles

Manufacturer: LSI Corporation
Product Name: PCI-Express 12Gbps HBA Card
Model Number: 9300-4i4e (SKU LSI00349)
UPC: 830343007134
Price As Tested: $395 (Amazon | Newegg)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by LSI.

The LSI 9300-4i4e is a PCI-Express to Serial Attached SCSI (PCIe-to-SAS) host bus adapter (HBA) card fits server and high-performance workstation computers to deliver internal and external storage connectivity. Also called the LSI 12GB/s SAS HBA card, the 9300-4i4e model provides eight lanes of 12Gb/s SAS connectivity and is matched with eight lanes of PCIe 3.0 8Gb/s performance. LSI’s 9300-4i4e 12GB/s SAS HBA is based on the proprietary Fusion-MPT architected LSI SAS3008 / Fusion MPT 2.5 controller that fuses 8Gb/s PCIe 3.0 technology to 12Gb/s SAS technology. In this article, Benchmark Reviews inspects the features and functionality for the LSI SAS 9300-4i4e PCIe 12Gbps HBA Card.

Few motherboards offer a faster peripheral interface than the PCI Express bus. With support for eight-lane full-duplex performance, the PCIe bus is capable of performance reaching 64Gb/s in single direction or 128Gb/s with dual-direction. The LSI SAS 3008 controller chip enables the LSI 9300-4i4e to deliver 12Gb/s from the SAS HBA.

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Features

  • Four internal and four external 12Gb/s SAS +SATA ports
  • 8 lanes, PCI Express 3.0
  • Low-profile form-factor design
  • One (x4) internal mini-SAS (SFF8643) HD connector, One (x4) external mini-SAS (SFF8644) HD connector
  • LSI SAS3008 12Gb/s SAS+SATA Controller
  • Support for up to 1024 SAS or SATA end devices
  • Fusion-MPT 2.5 architecture
  • Supports major operating systems
  • RoHS compliant
  • Three-year standard warranty

Benefits

  • Designed to provide state of the art connectivity for servers and appliances with internal storage and the ability to add external storage
  • 8 lanes of PCI Express 3.0 provides faster signaling for high-bandwidth applications
  • High performance with 12Gb/s data transfer rates


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3 comments

  1. Mack

    Please add benchmarks.
    Giving a product a “free pass” just because it has numerous options for expandability is not a reasonable option.
    Its far better to simply state the limitations of the benchmark you opt for at the time of benchmarking.
    For example, if the default card setup is for 8 drives, then that would be a very reasonable starting point.
    And simply state, “This card is capable of X, but we can only do Y”

    There is no shame in that.

    But, bypassing the whole benchmark process is not fair to the product or your readers.

    1. Olin Coles

      The problem becomes logistics: which eight drives do we use for testing, and will those drive match what consumers with this HBA would be using?

  2. Mack

    Well, it would be best if they all matched, and probably best if they were all enterprise, but failing that, you could do groups of 4. Chances are you have 4 matching drives. (Would be surprised if not).

    The choice to actually “review” an item certainly depends on the ability to provide reasonable benchmarking.
    (Or come close with stated limitations).

    Professionalism aside, I would just love to see 4 drives running on that bad boy! You can always update a benchmark. Its certainly been done in the past when new data or equipment arrives that fills a needed gap.

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