Jump to content
RESET Forums (homeservershow.com)

LSI 9260-4i Ups and Downs


Greg Welch
 Share

Recommended Posts

Thought it was time i stop lurking in the Podcast and post a little in the forums LOL.

 

 

O.K. Guys whats your thoughts.

 

 

First the System then the problem

 

X8DTH-6F,E5620,12GB-ecc reg Ram,LSI MegaRaid 9260-4i raid card.

 

Ok just bought the LSI MegaRaid 9260-4i and not being able to wait for 4-2TB hatachi Drives

 

i put in 3-2TB WD EARS green drives in Raid 5 using LSI mega Raid Storage Manager then tried using ATTO to bench it ,

 

So sad, what happend?

 

slowraid.PNG

 

O.K. after i was done wiping away the tears

 

i thought why not just stick a single drive on the 9260 and give it a bench with ATTO

 

ATTO.PNG

 

what ? thats I i said ! (i did the test multiple times with the same results)

 

so i tried CMD

 

CDM.PNG

 

O.K. little more like Expected.

 

This is what my Raid Manager was set up like, remember this is just 1 drive till i order the 4 Hatachi the other below is the onboard SAS raid working as my WHS 2011 Raid

 

High.PNG

 

 

now when i do a drive to drive transfer.

 

from onboard SAS to the single Drive i get 250 MB to 300 MB Transfer speeds witha 4GB file

 

from single drive back to onboard Raid 100 to 110 MB with same 4GB file

 

 

So i Surmise

 

1)My single drive is working great

2) LSI MegaRaid 9260-4i dosn't like the 2TB WD EARS green drives (or its something i missed

 

 

side note :

 

I cant wait to get the 4 -2TB Hatachi Drives then a pinch of LSI Cachecade to finish it off

 

 

Well thanks for letting me ramble on p.s. still like lurking in the stream of the podcast LOL

 

 

Greg Welch aka WELCHWERKS

Link to comment
Share on other sites

O.k. let me start out by saying it wasnt the 9260 that didnt like the atto bench it was 1 of the 3 ears drives

 

i have sinse just raided the 2 good drives in raid 0 and look at these scores holy crap.

 

Raid 0 2 ears drives.PNG

 

im starting to like this MB and Raid Card wonder what cachecade will do to bench scores :)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

o.k. this is for 2 ears drives in raid 0 512 sector and 512 format

 

so this tells a differnt story that above maybe i need a third test :)

 

CDM1.PNG

Link to comment
Share on other sites

You're CDM shows a fairly linear growth - exactly what you'd want to see when you add an additional drive. Obviously there will be a point of diminishing return. The smaller file transfers will of course show less speed increase with additional hard drives because the RAID overhead is closer to the size ofthe file itself.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

O.k. let me start out by saying it wasnt the 9260 that didnt like the atto bench it was 1 of the 3 ears drives

 

i have sinse just raided the 2 good drives in raid 0 and look at these scores holy crap.

 

Raid%200%202%20ears%20drives.PNG

 

im starting to like this MB and Raid Card wonder what cachecade will do to bench scores :)

On the face of it this has the look of cache reading/writing, rather than actual drive performance.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

O.K. this is what im getting my raid 10 to the raid 0 above

 

now a couple of things i know will help.

 

1. the ears drives arent 6.0 Drives

 

2. the raid 10 is 4x2TB 6.0 but they are connected to the onboard SAS with no cache (but there own 64Mb each)

 

from onboard raid 10 to Raid 0 above a 4GB Folder (tangled movie if you must ask)

 

from raid 10 to Raid 0.PNG

 

from Raid 0 to onboard Raid 10

 

from raid 0 to raid 10.PNG

 

these speeds are about the average for these file transfers

Link to comment
Share on other sites

O.K. this is what im getting my raid 10 to the raid 0 above

 

now a couple of things i know will help.

 

1. the ears drives arent 6.0 Drives

 

2. the raid 10 is 4x2TB 6.0 but they are connected to the onboard SAS with no cache (but there own 64Mb each)

 

from onboard raid 10 to Raid 0 above a 4GB Folder (tangled movie if you must ask)

 

from%20raid%2010%20to%20Raid%200.PNG

 

from Raid 0 to onboard Raid 10

 

from%20raid%200%20to%20raid%2010.PNG

 

these speeds are about the average for these file transfers

silly me. I completely forgot about the existence of SATA III drives. I don't have any such drives so I have never run ATTO on one. I still find the discrepancy between read/write speeds a bit odd.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

i know not ideal drives for testing, hoping to add 4-2tb hatachi 6.0 to the card in the next month once i get wife/cfo approval

Edited by welchwerks
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I have this card also, I was using the Intel on Board SATA RAID Controller for a RAID Ø, (2 Intel X-25 SSD's) but really wanted to get way from the quasi-software RAID. I was looking for a card that had on-board RAM and processor and was also more then PCIe 1x. So the LSI 9260-4i was basically the best price point for those specs without using the HighPoint (which I am not convinced are not using the processor of the workstation itself).

 

I am not going to make to many comments about how good the card is as I really don't have a lot of bases to make those kind of comments as I have only used a few cards.

 

I can show you the stats for the outcome of how the installation before and after.

 

This is CrystalDiskMark with the (2) Intel X-25 SSD's on the Intel Chipset RAID Controller RAID Ø configuration. This configuration yields a 7.9 on the Windows Experience Index.

 

Intel%20raid%200%20wpi%20Crystal.JPG

 

Here is the CDM run on the LSI 9260-4i with the newest drivers and flash installed on the card:

 

LSI9260-4i_RAID_0_.JPG

 

The LSI was faster in everything except the 4k Read/Write QueDepth 32 I am not sure why. I am going to look at some of the option available for the LSI card, they have a battery which I see no need for as I have a Battery Back on the workstation. FastPath which is some sort of accelerator and CacheCade which looks like its used to put a SSD and a conventional Hard Drive in a strip to make it faster. Personally I think its a little crappy that they nickel and dime you for the extras, but I guess that is there business model.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

So the LSI 9260-4i was basically the best price point for those specs without using the HighPoint (which I am not convinced are not using the processor of the workstation itself).

I'm with you re: the HighPoint. Nothing against them, but they're what I call Host Bus Adapters rather than full RAID cards. For me, a true RAID card has to do all the processing on board, and have it's own memory for all data transactions. LSI is, AFAIK, still a good brand of these.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Similar Content

    • Giuseppolino87
      By Giuseppolino87
      Hi everyone, today I wanted to install esxi 6.7 to try out the various functions, my question is the following, I have a server where I have installed esxi in an SSD and I have two other 4 tb disks so 8 tb total.  I would like to make sure that when I create a virtual machine in this case I will install the various virtual machines in the SSD and use the two disks for data.  So how can I do this?  Thank you very much for those who can help me.
    • E3000
      By E3000
      Looking for a quick answer here from someone in the know...
       
      I upgraded some of the internals of my Gen8 server and at the same time I did a BIOS reset as I had forgotten the password that I had set years ago. When booting back up the upgraded hardware was detected and fine but I received Error 1784 - Drive Array - Logical Drive Failure. I believe this is due to a setting change in the BIOS and not anything hardware related. I have gone into IP/SSA and see the array needs to be rebuilt. I had all drives configured as single RAID0. It says all data will be lost if I reconfigure this but I remember reading somewhere on here that the data will be fine if I reconfigure as RAID0.
       
      I do have a backup of course, but it’s not a high availability mirror and will take some time to get back the way I had it, so just want to know if it’s safe to reconfigure the RAID0 without erasing the drives. I have tried pulling the drives out and connecting them to another PC and they are fine. Can anyone tell me which options to choose to get these back to normal and remove the flashing red light?
       
      Thanks 😶
    • Mark Belanger
      By Mark Belanger
      Greetings,
       
      I'm new to the HPMSG8 world and so far I'm loving it. I have a stock Xeon with 16G of aftermarket memory with iLO patched to 2.70. Next up is adding a RAID card, so I can put my boot SSD on the onboard RAID. I picked up a LSI SAS9211-8i on Amazon, but am struggling to flash it to IT mode on the MicroServer. Is this even possible? Unfortunately, the only other system I have with PCI slots is 32-bit.
       
      Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.
       
       
      -MB
    • TakiBot
      By TakiBot
      I've got my hands on a HP N40L.
      Can i use raid 1+0 on my 4 2TB WD RED or only 1 and 0.
      Thanks for the help.
    • arefiev.dm
      By arefiev.dm
      Hello! I put P222 on my Gen8 server, but I can not use RAID6. Can someone share the key?
×
×
  • Create New...