- Feb 15, 2014
How about this:Is there any reason not to buy this LSI 9211-8i flashed to IT mode? http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-IT-Mode-LSI-9211-8i-SAS-SATA-8-port-PCI-E-6Gb-RAID-Controller-Card-/121601853837?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c5009098d
It seems this thread has made the IBM RAID card more expensive on eBay than the 9211!
Well if the LSI is only $35 more... Is there any reason to go with the IBM card over the LSI card?
Cool, I'm going with the LSI SAS9211-8i then. I like the location of the mini-SAS connectors better (and it can be found for around the same price as the IBM controller).I'd like to point out, for future readers, that:
- Flashing IT/IR on an HBA such as an LSI SAS 9211 is supported by LSI and is absolutely straightforward.
- Crossflashing a low-end SAS 2008-based RAID controller to IT mode is not endorsed by LSI but does work.
- Both of the above options work.
- Once in LSI SAS 9211 mode (whether the card came like that or was crossflashed) you will be expected to flash it to the version used by FreeNAS. As of right now, it's P16. It may change to P20 in the near future.