[Official] Recommended LSI HBA (internal/external SAS2)

Notes

  • I do not recommend Dell/HP/IBM/Intel/Fujitsu or other LSI OEM cards.
    These “real” LSI models are readily available and are much easier to flash.
  • All models support SAS & SATA drives
    • Most SATA SSDs will not support TRIM on SAS HBA, use SATA3 instead.
  • All models are SAS2 6Gbps compatible
  • Type = Internal/External
  • Num. Drives = 4 drives per port, with no expander.
  • All low profile cards can be used with high profile bracket, allowing support for either.
  • Notes = Firmware options, 4Kn sector support

Brand (link) Model (link) Type Controller Host Bus Ports Num. Drives Profile Nom. Power Notes Price
LSI 9201-16i INT LSI2116 PCIe 2.0 x8 4x8087 16 High 16W IT $188.00
LSI 9210-8i INT LSI2008 PCIe 2.0 x8 2x8087 8 Low 7W IT/IR $28.00
LSI 9211-4i INT LSI2004 PCIe 2.0 x4 1x8087 4 Low 7W IT/IR $30.00
LSI 9211-8i INT LSI2008 PCIe 2.0 x8 2x8087 8 Low 7W IT/IR $35.00
LSI 9240-4i INT LSI2008 PCIe 2.0 x8 1x8087 4 Low 14W IT/IR $29.00
LSI 9240-8i INT LSI2008 PCIe 2.0 x8 2x8087 8 Low 14W IT/IR $30.00
LSI 9207-8i INT LSI2308 PCIe 3.0 x8 2x8087 8 Low 10W IT 4Kn $40.00
LSI 9200-8e EXT LSI2008 PCIe 2.0 x8 2x8088 8 Low 8W IT $25.00
LSI 9200-16e EXT LSI2008 PCIe 2.0 x8 4x8088 16 High 14W IT $18.00
LSI 9201-16e EXT LSI2008 PCIe 2.0 x8 4x8088 16 High 17W IT $28.00
LSI 9202-16e EXT 2xLSI2008 PCIe 2.0 x16 4x8644 16 Low 17W IT $35.00
LSI 9205-8e EXT LSI2308 PCIe 2.0 x8 2x8088 8 Low 9W IT $34.00
LSI 9206-16e EXT 2xLSI2308 PCIe 3.0 x8 4x8644 16 Low 26W IT 4Kn $53.00
LSI 9207-8e EXT LSI2308 PCIe 3.0 x8 2x8088 8 Low 10W IT 4Kn $30.00
LSI 9207-4i4e BOTH LSI2308 PCIe 3.0 x8 1x8087 1x8088 8 Low 10W IT 4Kn $39.00
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When I started researching these for NK 4, I read that the cards with brown caps were more likely to be counterfeit or have issues with flashing (due to counterfeit). Does anyone here use cards with these brown caps, any other thoughts?

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