[CentOS] 3ware 9650SE success

Fri Dec 29 14:25:40 UTC 2006
David Thompson <thomas at cs.wisc.edu>

I had posted a question recently on this list regarding the new series of 
cards from 3ware, and wanted to follow up with some real-world results.

My test motherboard was an Intel D945GTPLKR (a desktop board).  I was able to 
use the motherboard video and plug the 3ware card into the PCIe x16 slot.  The 
card I was testing with (16ML) is a PCIe x8 card.  Hardware-wise, everything 
worked without a hitch.  Kinda cool to be able to get high bus performance out 
of a desktop motherboard.  I guess we all can thank the gamers for that.

The driver in the currently-shipping CentOS kernel (2.6.9-42.0.3.ELsmp) didn't 
know what to do with the card.  However, the driver from the 3ware web site 
( worked fine, and was straightforward to build and load.  As typical, 
older versions of the cli don't work with the newer driver; I had to download 
the new version of the cli also.

Performance-wise, the new card seems ok.  The tests I ran were on a pair of 
striped desktop drives, so I wasn't looking for anything earth-shattering.

Now on to building the real file server...

Dave Thompson