The LSI MegaRAID 9361-8i SAS3 RAID controller, a controller that supports 12Gb/s SAS3 speeds with its PCI-E gen 3.0 host interface. The 9361-81 is part of the larger LSI 12Gb/s SAS RAID card family. The 9361 also comes in a four port internal configuration, 9361-4i. LSI also offers the 9341-4i and 9341-8i which are 4 and 8 port internal cards that support fewer drives and does not have onboard cache.


The 9361-8i can connect up to 128 SATA or SAS drives with its eight internal 12Gb/s SATA and SAS ports and can fit into rack-mounted servers with low-profile HHHL form factor and side-mounted SAS connectors. The two SFF-8643 mini-SAS HD-4i internal connectors connects the controller by cable to SAS drives or SATA drives. The 9361-series does not support external connectors, so for JBOD solutions you would need to step back to SAS2 cards such as the LSI 9286-8e for now.

LSI MegaRAID 9361-8i SAS3 RAID Specifications:

  • Order Part Number: LSI00416
  • RAID Levels: 0,1,5,6,10, 50, and 60
  • Form Factor: Low Profile 2.535”H  x 6.6”L (64mm  x 167mm)
  • Ports: 8 Internal
  • Connectors: 2 x mini-SAS SFF8643 internal connectors (horizontal mount)
  • Bus Interface: x8 lane PCI Express 3.0 compliant
  • Processor: LSISAS3108 dual core RAID on Chip (ROC)
  • Cache: 1GB 1866MHz DDRIII SDRAM
  • Cache Protection: Optional CacheVault Flash Module (LSICVM02)
  • Operating Temperature: Maximum ambient: Controller Card: 55°C, with optional CacheVault accessory (LSICVM02): 55°C
  • Operating Voltage: +3.3V, +12V
  • Regulatory Certifications: EN55022, EN55024, EN60950, EN 61000-3-2, EN 61000-3-3; FCC Class A, Class B; UL1950; UL; CSA C22.2; VCCI; RRL for MIC; BSMI; C-tick
  • OS Support: Microsoft Windows Server 2012/8 & 7/2008/Vista/2003/XP, Linux, SolarisTM (x86), Netware, FreeBSD, and VMware
  • Warranty: 3 years


Ultimately the whole point of this LSI MegaRAID 9361-8i adapter is so you can start utilizing the latest generation SAS3 SSD's, so you can focus on saturating the PCI-E Gen 3.0 bus without having to worry about the RAID controller holding you back.

The 9361-8i brings a complete SAS3 RAID solution to market for servers that want the most out of their high-end storage, but require the reliability, compatibility and data protection that is the heritage of LSI. With expanders, the 9361-8i can support up to 128 SATA or SAS drives. While the card is designed for SAS3 drives, it is of course backward compatible. LSI supports RAID levels 0,1,5,6,10, 50, and 60 with the 9361-8i, and enterprise data protection though CacheVault which adds another layer of protection should a drive look as if it has failed. 

The bottom line is, LSI has sculpted the 9361-8i to deliver the force to power through parity RAID set ups and to achieve superior scaling in a wide range of workloads. The hallmarks of this redefined storage solution are its consistent latency and numerous advanced software options.

Price: around £420.00 exVAT

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