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Old March 30, 2010, 03:09 PM
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yes both the 9690SA and 9650SE series are great cards. The latter being the newer product. Both provide excellent performance. Both are low profile single port SAS Raid cards. The only major difference is the pci express bus width not that it matters since there is a dumptruck of bandwidth on even pcie x1.
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yes both the 9690SA and 9650SE series are great cards. The latter being the newer product. Both provide excellent performance. Both are low profile single port SAS Raid cards. The only major difference is the pci express bus width not that it matters since there is a dumptruck of bandwidth on even pcie x1.
Both are older cards though. You would want either the LSI 9261-8i or the 3ware 9750-8i now, both the the same card. Much better performers and a lot more cost effective than older RAID cards.
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Old March 30, 2010, 06:52 PM
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Both are older cards though. You would want either the LSI 9261-8i or the 3ware 9750-8i now, both the the same card. Much better performers and a lot more cost effective than older RAID cards.
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Both are older cards though. You would want either the LSI 9261-8i or the 3ware 9750-8i now, both the the same card. Much better performers and a lot more cost effective than older RAID cards.
I've done my research and you all have made some compelling arguments.

The 3ware 9750-8i costs $600+ though. Why is this one twice the price of the other ~$300 priced RAID cards? Is it the new factor? Can you suggest a similar card supporting minimum 6 sata drives?
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mostly because the 8i means it has 8 ports or 2 SAS ports. This means you can either connect 8 sata/sas drives by breakout cables or 2 SAS expander zones for a maximum of 256 dives (128 per sas channel) if there's a 4i version look at that.
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Managed to get a hold of an Adaptec aar-2610sa 64mb 6x sata ports.

I'll play with this for a while and then move to something more expensive after benchmarking.
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Anyone have an opinion on this card?
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as far as a raid card goes it's pretty decent. however this is a pci-x not a pci-e card. So unless you have a motherboard with a 64bit pci slot you won't be able to fully utilize the performance of that card. Probably the best bang for your buck card series in the used market is either the dell Perc 5/i or 6/i.
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