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Syba 4 Port SATA II PCI-Express x4 Controller Card Optional 2 Port eSATA

by Syba

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  • 4 Port SATA II with Optional to switch two of the port into two eSATA ports
  • Compliant with PCI Express Base Specification 1.0a
  • Upwards Compatible with PCI-e 8x, 16x
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandSyba
Item Weight181 g
Product Dimensions20.3 x 14 x 3.8 cm
Item model numberSY-PEX40048
  
Additional Information
ASINB005VAOSY8
Best Sellers Rank 122,063 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight181 g
Date First Available29 Feb 2012
  
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4 Port SATA II PCI-Express x4 Software RAID Card that can easily provides optional 2 eSATA ports with the switching of jumpers.

Box Contains

4 Channels SATA II PCI-e Controller Card
SATA Cable (18")
User Manual
Driver CD

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Evans on 13 Mar 2013
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Fitted this to an aging AM3 motherboard / setup that i've recycled into a media server.

Added 4 ports to the existing 5 ports to make a 9 drive server.

Installed the card, recognised in bios straight away, installed drivers in Windows 7 64 via supplied CD (can also be downloaded from Windows Update).

All works fine, speeds are excellent too.

I fitted this in a spare PCI-E x16 slot and it works absolutely fine :)

Update (20-MAR-2013): The card doesn't appear to support the full capacity of 3tb drives, even when set to GPD, Windows wouldn't reveal any more than 2tb with this card.

Plugged the drives into the motherboard and Windows now registers all 2.72tb.

I couldn't find any firmware update on the Symba website so i guess this card is good but only up to 2tb drives.
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I wanted to add some more drives but having run out of SATA ports on my motherboard, a card like this was necessary.

I followed the instructions but Windows (7 x64) didn't see the card until I disconnected the drives. It then found a driver which I replaced with the one on the CD and it sprang into life.

* The price seems a bit excessive but I couldn't find many alternatives as I needed at least 4 ports and only have room for one card. Also I wanted PCIe x4 for the extra bandwidth over x1.

* Speeds are great - I ran some tests and it works at the same speed as the on-board SATA2 ports.

* From what I've seen it isn't capable of running RAID arrays but I don't need that anyway.

* Delivery was super fast! They quoted about 5 days but it arrived the next working day.

I'm happy. :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good Value for Hard Drives - but Hard Drives only - Some Limitations 3 July 2012
By B. Gulko - Published on Amazon.com
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Received item in good condition, installation was a snap. Tested with updated drivers from Marvell. Device worked on external esata hard drives connected both through the esata port, and through internal sata ports brought out to an eSata bracket. However would not work with DVD-RW drives. Overall the card is nicely balanced, many mfg. seem to cram 2 or even 4 esata 1.0 or 2.0 ports (which provide 150MB or 300MB/sec each, respectively from card to hard drive) onto a Pcie1x 1.0 card that can only pass along 250MB/sec back to the computer. This can be fine if you are only using one or maybe two drives at a time, but can really lead to disappointment if you are trying to use more simultaneously

Other manufacturers that use the same chip set seem to have the Optical Disk restriction too. So here are a few warnings.
1) This seems to be a pcie 1.0 - 4x card. Make sure you have a PCIe 4x slot available, and 4 full channels of PCIe IO available. Some motherboards provide "universal" PCIe slots that will physically accommodate this card, but only provide 1x of bandwitdh to them. Each 1x represents 250MB/sec for PCIe 1.0 (500MB/sec for Pcie2.0, but this is a 1.0 card). Current hard drives require about 75-150MB/sec per drive, solid state drives and some RAID arrays 2-5x that. This card should be able to pass along up to 1,000MB/sec to the host CPU though PCIe, so host bandwidth is not a problem.
2) I wouldn't expect to use it with anything expect hard drives (and perhaps solid state disks).
3) I didn't test the RAID features.
4) While the card has 6 sata connectors, it only has 4 independent sata channels. You have to choose which 4 of the 6 connectors to use and set jumpers accordingly. This is actually a nice feature, as long as you aren't expecting a 6 channel card.
5) If you only need 2 sata ports there are nice pcie 1x cards for closer to $20 that will do just fine, and will support optical drives (I'm using one now and it works fine, I just need another fast port). Decent 4 channel cards are rarer and more expensive and can be poorly designed.

If it does what you are looking for, it seems like a bargain, but be aware of the limitations.
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