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StarTech.com 2 Port SATA 6 Gbps PCI Express SATA Controller Card

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  • Supports SATA Rev 3.0 transfer speeds up to 6.0Gbps and backwards compatible with SATA I/II at 1.5/3.0Gbps
  • Port Multiplier FIS-based and Command-based switching supported
  • Supports RAID 0 and 1 modes
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Technical Details
BrandStarTech
Item Weight68 g
Product Dimensions67.7 x 64.5 x 21.3 cm
Item model numberPEXSAT32
  
Additional Information
ASINB003GS8VA4
Best Sellers Rank 8,094 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight159 g
Date First Available29 April 2010
  
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Product Description

The PEXSAT32 2-Port PCI Express SATA 6 Gbps (SATA 3.0) Controller Card offers simple connectivity between a host computer and SATA 3.0 devices - a cost-effective solution for connecting high-speed storage, such as High RPM Hard Drives and Solid State Drives (SSD), which in turn allows for easier data backups and archiving.

With full support for SATA 3.0 hard drives and data transfer speeds of up to 6 Gbps, the adapter card features a native PCI Express single chipset that provides enhanced compatibility, reliability and performance for external SATA 600 MB/s storage needs.

The controller card is backward compatible with SATA 2.0 devices, providing the versatility to use older storage, and features support for RAID 0 and 1 modes as well as port multiplier capability with command-based and FIS-based switching for connecting multiple external hard drives to a host PC through a single SATA connection.

A dual profile solution, the SATA 3.0 controller card includes a low profile/half-height bracket for installation in slimline or small form factor computer cases.

Box Contains

SATA 6Gbps PCI Express Card
Low Profile Bracket
Driver CD
Instruction Manual

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Customer Reviews

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Graeme on 7 Jan. 2012
Please ignore the negative review. Western Digital and Seagate are manufacturers of mechanical hard disks. These may well come with a Sata 3 6Gbps label, however this is just all marketing nonsense from the drive makers. A mechanical drive cannot saturate a sataII interface, let alone a sataIII interface.

He was receiving a score of 5.9 because without an SSD, Windows will not give you a higher score. It doesn't matter if he connected the drive to a sataIIII slot in the future, it still wont go any faster as he is limited by the drives... not the card!!

The card works great where it is supposed to be used... SSD's! If you have a SataIII SSD and don't have a compatible mobo. It's worth buying this as it does work and works pretty well!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kerblamalot on 27 Oct. 2011
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For those who are limited to a 3Gb/s data transfer motherboard, this is a nice work around until motherboards with 6Bg/s come as a standard. Very easy to install, I inserted the card into a PCI-E 2.0 bus slot. Although the slot is larger then the connector itself, it will still function correctly as long as you make sure the connection is flush against the slot.

Load times are noticeably faster, and as the previous reviewer mentions, you will be limited to a 5Gb/s due to motherboard limitations. Still for the price, it's definitely worth every penny.

I recommend using two SATA3 drives and pair them up in RAID 0.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Marco72 on 14 Mar. 2011
It works which is a good start! Things to note are; the instruction booklet states that Windows 7 will auto find the driver. Not true, when the card installs you will find device manager shows a device with exclamation mark against it. If you try to install the correct driver from the disk supplied, Windows will tell you it cannot find the driver. What you need to do is use the same driver to update the marvel driver found in Network adapters, and then all is ok. Also, the PCI Express bus is limited to 5Gps transfer so you will not be getting the 6Gps that the card is capable of. Whatever though because link a SSD or super fast SATA3 drive to this and you will still have a noticeably faster data transfer rate compared to your old SATA2 drives. It does what it says on the tin.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Charlie-CJ HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 4 Aug. 2013
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I purchased the excellent 'budget' Samsung 840 250GB SATA Solid State Drive for use with my wife's old MESH gaming PC fitted with a 5 year old Asus P5NE-Sli motherboard and a 3Ghz Intel 8400 core2 duo processor, running Windows 7 64-bit. However on installing the SSD I discovered that AHCI (Advance Host Controller Interface) isn't implemented on this motherboards 3Gbps SATA2 interface which will adversely affect SSD speeds, and I found the Samsung 840 drive ran significantly slower than similar ACHI enabled 840 SSDs in our other SATA2 PCs - with my quad Core2 PC's SSD running at 266 Mbps sequential read and 258 Mbps sequential write and my wife's SSD only achieving 133 Mbps and 110 Mbps respectively, as measured by CrystalDiskMark 3 disk benchmark freeware. In comparison our best Western Digital Black 1Tb mechanical SATA-3 HDD hard drive had sequential read/writes of 114 Mbps and 110 Mbps (although our older WD Green and Seagate HDD drives only achieved 20 to 50% of that respectively). However random read/writes of small 512k & 4k files was still 5 to 50 times faster with the SSDs compared to our hi-spec Western Digital 1Tb Black mechanical hard drives. So although the wife's SSD was still zippier than her modern Seagate and Western Digital mechanical hard drives, I felt things could be improved. Plus this StarTech PCIe card gives us two extra internal SATA3 ports in addition the four SATA2 ports already in use on the motherboard, and these could be set to RAID with identical twin hard drives.

Fortunately the Asus P5NE-Sli had a free 16x PCIe Sli (rev 2) slot which offers the theoretical 16x PCIe speed of 8 Gb/s and can take any size PCIe card.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Rance on 26 Oct. 2012
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I ran out of sata ports on my motherboard, and needed to connect a DVD-RW drive (Although I haven't connected any hdds to the card, so I don't know what the actual transfer speeds are like). The pci-e card is very small so fits in the case easily! I thought it was worth spending a little bit more on the card rather than some of the cheaper £10 random brand versions. Definitely cheaper to buy through Amazon, as it's near £50 on the actual Startech website.

Drivers - [...]

Took about 10 minutes to get up and running with this card. Definitely recommended if you want a couple more sata slots!
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By CHarris on 14 April 2015
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It doesn't work for me.

I bought this because I only have 1 SATA 3 Port on my motherboard which is occupied by a Samsung 840 EVO (Running beside a 1TB Hard drive), yet have a spare SSD lying around. I though I could use this as a RAID 0 controller and allow me to really maximize performance from both drives. I was wrong.

As stated, PCI only suppots 5gbp/s, this means read and write times won't exceed round about 600mb/s or so, regardless of the drive, the amount of drives or any software features (like RAPID). This restricted things for me and resulted in me having to return the product as it almost decreased performance for me as with only 1 Evo, I can have RAPID mode enabled and get some decent performance, performance that wouldn't be available if I were to use this controller. Also please note that software doesn't tend to pick the SSD's up if they're connected to this, meaning updating of SSD's or using software features like RAPID or optimization won't be something possible, regardless of whether the drivers are installed or not.

If you're only using mechanical hard drives however 600mb/s isn't going to be a speed easy to reach so I'd fully recommend it if you need more SATA ports or don't have a RAID controller built into the motherboard, just note that no mechanical hard drive can reach speeds high enough to cause SATA 2 to bottleneck so SATA 3 is kinda useless on mehcanical hard drives, regardless of what the companies tell you. It's just marketing. So with that said,

It doesn't work for me.
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