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Is this LSI SAS 9207-8i HBA compatible with ThinkStation D30 MT43535F4?

2020-06-25, 23:16 PM

Couple months ago I purchased a used D30 with MT4353 for cheap. And it is great that the board support v2 Xeon CPUs so I decided to slap it with 2x Xeon E5-2667v2 @3.30GHz. The machine has been working great so far and pretty much on par with my current i9 9900K machine in term of performance. I am happy with the computing power it provides from old tech (way cheaper than i9 system) but it really falls short of storage capability. SO I am looking for another upgrade in storage capability. The on board Intel SATA controller doesn't cut it at only 3Gb/s speed. And the ability for me to enable passthrough the controller card for my FreeNAS virtual machine is only at maximum of 4 SATA drives.

 

I research online and I want to install this LSI SAS 9207-8i HBA card supporting 8 SATA drives at 6Gb/s speed SAS2.1 compliant. Would this card work/compatible in term of BIOS recognizing it in the second x16 PCI-E slot reserved for gfx. I currently have only one Quadro 2000 video card installed in the first graphic x16 PCI-E slot and I don't plan to install any other video card at all. The said HBA card is x8 lane PCI-E 3.0 and use LSI SAS2308 chip.

 

Spec for this HBA card here: https://www.broadcom.com/products/storage/host-bus-adapters/sas-9207-8i

 

My current System:

ThinkStation D30 MT4353

BIOS: A3KT7AUS

BIOS Release Date: Sep 19, 2019

RAM: 4x16G DDR3L 12800R  ECC

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Re:Is this LSI SAS 9207-8i HBA compatible with ThinkStation D30 MT43535F4?

2020-06-26, 2:12 AM

Though this card may work in your D30 system, this isn't something that we support nor has been tested in the 30-series (S30-C30-D30) platforms.  We do however support the LSI 9240-8i and LSI 9260-8i adapters in this platform.  

 

The FRU part number for the LSI cards that we do support in this platform are as follows:

 

  • LSI 9240 - FRU 03T6739
  • LSI 9260 - FRU 03T6554/03X3744
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Re:Is this LSI SAS 9207-8i HBA compatible with ThinkStation D30 MT43535F4?

2020-06-27, 0:02 AM

Thank you for answering my question. Suppose the LSI SAS 9207-8i HBA cards would work with the motherboard. Can I still plug it in the second x16 PCI-E 3.0 graphic slot to utilize the the full bandwidth of the said HBA card. Does D30 motherboard have maybe a jumper to control whether the secondary PCIe x16 slot can support other devices other than graphics controllers. Or is there a setting in BIOS to enable support other device instead of graphic controller. I hope the BIOS is  smart enough to recognize it's a not gfx and enable correct ROM for the other device

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2020-06-29, 15:29 PM

Thank you for answering my question. Suppose the LSI SAS 9207-8i HBA cards would work with the motherboard. 

 

Can I still plug it in the second x16 PCI-E 3.0 graphic slot to utilize the the full bandwidth of the said HBA card. 

 

  • Yes, there's nothing stopping you from installing this card into the second x16 PCIe 3.0 graphics slot and run at full bandwidth. 

 

 

Does D30 motherboard have maybe a jumper to control whether the secondary PCIe x16 slot can support other devices other than graphics controllers. Or is there a setting in BIOS to enable support other device instead of graphic controller. I hope the BIOS is  smart enough to recognize it's a not gfx and enable correct ROM for the other device

 

  • There's no jumper nor BIOS setting you'll need to worry about to get other PCIe devices to work in the secondary PCIe x16 slot.  
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