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Supermicro LSI SAS3008 HBA Review Discussion

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The Supermicro LSI SAS3008 HBAs (which share the same controller as the LSI 9300-8i HBAs) are engineered to deliver maximum performance. Delivering over a million IOPS and 6000+MB/s, the cards are designed to meet the growing demands of enterprises that require even more robust throughput in a range of applications that includes transactional databases, Web 2.0, data mining, and video streaming and editing. The AOC-S3008L-L8i (internal) and AOC-S3008L-L8e (external) include mini-SAS HD connectors in accordance with the SAS 3.0 standard, and ship in low-profile form factors. Further, each HBA delivers 8 lanes of PCIe 3.0 in order to achieve maximum throughput. The LSI SAS 3008 controller supports 8 lanes of PCIe 3.0 and provides SATA/SAS links at rates between 3 and 12Gb/s and supports RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 10 in the IR version.

Supermicro LSI SAS3008 HBA Review

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Finally, someone reviews this new Supermicro add-on card!

Really nice read too

Minor typo, "LAOC-S3008L-L8x Specifications:" (should remove the "L" before "AOC"?)

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Made that quick edit, thanks!

Glad you enjoyed this review. This particular card will be the upcoming cornerstone of our SAS3 performance testing. So far I've not seen any major differences (besides color) between it and the LSI 9300-8i. I actually updated the firmware/bios on it a couple of weeks ago for optimal CentOS 6.3 performance.

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Is there going to be a comparo of the stock LSI controller and the SuperMicro 12G SAS one in a near future?

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Its not officially supported that way, although it looks like some Supermicro resellers do list it as a separate component.

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Oh wow... oops, the one I got is the next newer model for $201. Then another $30 for the pair of mini SAS to mini SAS HD cables I'll need for my Lenovo RD430... Since it has a PCIe 3.0 slot, I figure this will future proof me a little. I plan on throwing 6x 300GB Seagates at it in RAID 10. (I already have some of the Seagates hence my choice) My current home-grown raid solution with an old HPT RocketRaid will move to back-up duty.

Thanks!

Chris

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I've got my server working. It's running debian (LMDE, actually) and I have a zfs set up on the controller. I re-flashed the raid card to IT mode & talk about it here. Started moving files over from the old server and after one final backup, will switch to new raid for production.

My old raid is a highpoint rocketraid 3510 and I'm not too impressed with LSI's bios operation (plain UI, takes way too long to "boot") but given how rarely one is supposed to see that, I consider it anecdotal at best.

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Personally I'll take long boot times over a failed sub-tier RAID card taking all my data with it any day of the week ;)

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Hi everyone,

This is one awsome controller card I bought this card last year on ebay. I got mine for abotu 350 with shipping from russia. These go on ebay not for about $500 bucks. still a steal in relation to areca card or promise brand.

WHen i got the card I had to flash it from IT to IR mode in uefi mode. That was totaly nerve wrecking.

I called customer support , and some dude from texas answered. coutd tell by the access. Total asshole on the phone very impatient . so i have to say customer support is there and can be reached but emplyee was not that great. Anyhow , better than highpoint or promise.

Gonig back to my topic.

I was able to find firmware for intel card. and flashed it. SO it now detected as an intel HBA not supermicro.

I have 8 agility 3 60gb ssd connected to it. I had it on a pci 2.0 bus and the ssd raid 0 topped out at 2200 mb/s

Now i have upgraded the computer to socket 1150 with pcie 3.0 . The setup now increased to 4000 mb/s WOOW

;)

Iam really happy with this card. I did notice the heat sink gets rather hot. so i put a fan next to it to cool it down. I had it overheat once b4 sopost-103177-0-42405600-1442748422_thumb. the system froze up. Other than that this card is awsome.

I have included a benchmart photo from ATTO i did this morning .

I hope this review help you a bit in making a decision on raid card.

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