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AMCC Storage 3ware 9690SA SAS/SATA RAID Controller


Author:  Michael Bosse
Date:  2008.06.10
Topic:  Storage
Provider:  AMCC
Manufacturer:  3Ware






AMCC Storage 3ware 9690SA SAS/SATA RAID Controller

http://www.amcc.com/

Introduction

As the new in-house enterprise hardware reviewer for TechwareLabs.com, I will be focusing my upcoming reviews and editorials on enterprise server hardware. The first piece of hardware that I have had the pleasure to review is the AMCC Storage 3ware 9690SA SAS/SATA RAID Controller. The 9690SA is an 8-Port RAID controller that supports up to 128 SAS and/or SATA2 devices.

3ware 9690SA closeup
    Summary of Supported Operating Systems
  • Windows XP [32-bit x86 & 64-bit x86_64 (x64) AMD Opteron/Intel EM64T]
  • Windows 2003 [32-bit x86 & 64-bit x86_64 (x64) AMD Opteron/Intel EM64T] driver is logo certified
  • Windows 2008 is not currently supported*
  • RedHat EL 5
  • OpenSuSE 10.2,10.3
  • SuSE Enterprise (SLES) 10 , 10 SP1
  • Fedora Core 6,7,8
  • Linux 2.6.23 kernel or greater includes a driver for the 9690SA and 7000/8000/9500S/9550SX(U)/9590SE/9650SE series controllers
  • All 9690SA drivers are backward compatible and can be used with the 9500S/9550SX(U)/9590SE/9650SE/9650SE series controllers
  • For a complete listing, see the compatibility website http://www.3ware.com/support/OS-Support.asp
3ware 9690SA Series Selection Guide
9690SA-8I 9690SA-8E 9690SA-4I4E 9690SA-4I
Form Factor Low Profile Low Profile Low Profile Low Profile
SAS Ports 8 Internal 8 External 4 Internal / 4 External 4 Internal
Drive Interface SAS and SATA SAS and SATA SAS and SATA SAS and SATA
PCI Express x8 x8 x8 x8
RAID Levels 0,1,5,6,10,50,Single Disk 0,1,5,6,10,50,Single Disk 0,1,5,6,10,50,Single Disk 0,1,5,6,10,50,Single Disk
Onboard Memory 512MB DDR2 533 512MB DDR2 533 512MB DDR2 533 512MB DDR2 533
Connector Type SFF-8087 mini-SAS SFF-8088 mini-SAS SFF-8087/SFF-8088 mini-SAS SFF-8087 mini-SAS
BBU with Remote Battery Support Yes Yes Yes Yes

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