View Full Version : LSI 9211-8i HBA + 6 Vertex 3 120GB SSDs

11-01-2012, 09:02 PM
I'm in China for 6 weeks so I grabbed some gear for a nice price:

LSI HBA 9211-8i (PCIe 2.0 4X, SATA6GB/s)
6 x 120GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSDs (550/500MB/s R/W per drive)

Got it all set up in a test system while I'm here and surprisingly I can only get a max of 1500MB/s R/W (tested with Atto)

When I first started playing with it I was only getting 600MB/s, found that the slot I was using was only running at 2x, so after updating the FW on the card and shifting it to a 16x slot I get the above speeds, anyone got any ideas on what else could be holding it back? I expected to max the 4x max of the card (2000MB/s) so coming up a little short...

The only thing I can think of is possibly the CPU but its only using a peak of 18% during the benchmark, its a lowly i3 3.3Ghz on the spanky new Z68 chipset.

Oh its fast, holy crap its fast, I loaded up a trial of Adobe CS5, it can launch the whole suite of apps in mere seconds!