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Syba PCI Express SATA II 4 x Ports RAID Controller Card SY-PEX40008
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- Supports Serial ATA generation 2 transfer rate of 3.0 GB/s
- Supports Serial ATA II: port Multiplier 1.0 specifications
- Integrated Serial ATA Link and PHY Logic
- Supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
- Supports legacy Command Queuing (LCQ)
- Driver supported MS Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Linux, Mac OS 10.4x, Red Hat Linux 18.104.22.168, SuSE Linux 8.1, 8.2,United Linux 1.0
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|Item Dimensions||5.2 x 7.4 x 1.12 in||5.5 x 7 x 1.5 in||5.75 x 8 x 1.5 in||5.1 x 6.5 x 1.2 in||4 x 0.8 x 5.6 in||2.75 x 13.38 x 7.67 in|
Designed for speed. Connects up to 4 SATA II hard disk drives. SIL3124 chipset offers software RAID for power users. Supports Windows 8 and server 2012.
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Save $10 and buy the usb 2 version of the 4 drive enclosure and spend $20 on this card you will be much happier
2x External e-SATA Ports
1-Lane (x1) PCI-Express with transfer rate 2.5 Gb/s Full Duplex channel
All external ports are compatible to eSATA Specification
Hot plug of external SATA devices supported
Compliant with PCI Express Specification Revision 1.0a
Compliant with Serial ATA II Specification
Compliant with Gen2i, Gen2m SATA II Electrical Specification Revision 1.0
Fully Plug & Play
Data transfer rate up to 3.0Gb/s
Backward compatible to SATA 1.0 Specificatio
Support Native Command Queue (NCQ), FIS Based Switching with Port Multiplier
Support 2-independent SATA channels
There are two issues with this card so far:
1 - The driver (Version 22.214.171.124 non Raid) does not implement SMART commands so you will not be able to monitor the status of your disks (e.g. temperature, errors etc)
2 - The driver does not implement the "Safely Remove Hardware And Eject Media" functionality that other eSATA interfaces provide. You will have to go to the device manager and manually uninstall the drives that are connected via the eSATA interface when you wish to stop using the enclosure.
Upgrading to driver version 126.96.36.199 non Raid did not solve either issue. Windows 7 installs the 188.8.131.52 when you search for a driver. Driver version 184.108.40.206 is what is provided on the CDROM which is shipped with the card (it is also available on the manufacturers web site). Most folks will need to select the AMD64 option for their processor type when installing the Windows 7 64 bit driver from the CDROM.
I got this card figuring that it might provide a more reliable and better performing interface to a Mediasonic HF2-SU3S2 ProBox 4 Bay Hard Drive Enclosure with USB 3.0 & eSATA. I find it does perform somewhat better than using the USB 3.0 interface on my motherboard (NEC/RENESAS USB3 Controller uPD720200). Neither interface performs well when concurrent I/O is attempted to more than one hard drive in the enclosure.
I'd suggest limiting disk i/o to one device at a time to maximize performance.
It took a little finagling to get it working under Mac OS 10.8, but I did manage it. It worked out of the box with Ubuntu Linux 12 (and I would suspect any brand of Linux as the SIL3132 chipset is pretty widely used). Didn't try it under Windows so can't vouch for it, but would suspect it would work out of the box also..but, again, didn't try it myself.
Again, it's not going to melt the eSATA cables with speed :P, but it isn't sold as a mach3 RAID card either so you can't really complain.
finagling finagling finagling can say it was faster than my Firewire800 connection I used with the drives before.
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