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StarTech.com 4 Port PCI Express 2.0 SATA III 6Gbps RAID Controller Card with HyperDuo SSD Tiering - PCIe SATA 3 Controller Adapter

  • PCI Express to SATA Card
  • PCI-Express 2.0 x2
  • SATA III 6Gbps
  • Supports HyperDuo SSD auto-tiering
  • Simple HyperDuo configuration via card-BIOS level or intuitive GUI console (Windows only)

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Learn more about the STARTECH PEXSAT34RH

Model

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Brand
StarTech
Model
PEXSAT34RH

Details

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Type
PCI Express to SATA Card
Internal Ports
4 x SATA
Standard
PCI-Express 2.0 x2
SATA III 6Gbps
Data Transfer Rate
6.0 Gbps
Operating Systems Supported
Windows XP (32/64-bit)/ Vista (32/64-bit)/ 7 (32/64-bit)/ 8 (32/64-bit)
Mac OS 10.6 /10.7 /10.8
Linux
Specifications
Chipset ID: Marvell 88SE9230

Supported RAID Modes: 0/1/10, JBOD

Features

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Features
Add 4 Internal SATA III (6Gbps) ports to a computer through a PCI Express x2 slot. The PEXSAT34RH 4-Port PCI Express 2.0 SATA Controller Card with HyperDuo adds 4 AHCI SATA III ports to a computer through a PCIe slot (x2), delivering multiple internal 6Gbps connections for high-performance hard drives and Solid State Drives (SSDs).

Featuring HyperDuo technology, the SATA card offers SSD auto-tiering which lets you balance the performance advantages of SSD storage with the cost-effectiveness and large capacity of standard hard drives. By combining SSD and HDD drives into a single volume (up to 3 SSD + 1 HDD), HyperDuo discreetly works in the background to identify and move frequently accessed files to the faster SSD drive(s) for improved data throughput – up to 80% of SSD performance! (Note: The HyperDuo automatic storage tiering feature is compatible with Windows® XP, Vista, 7 and 8 only)

The PCIe SATA controller card supports Port Multiplier (PM), enabling multiple SATA drives to be connected to one port over a single cable, for a total of 7 drives (Up to 4 drives through PM on one port, and a single drive to the remaining 3 ports). Plus, the SATA controller card offers an effective hardware RAID solution, with native RAID (0, 1, 1+0) support.

Throughput Benchmark

Drive configuration
Throughput
Drive size

1 x HDD
112.81 MB/s
2 TB

1 x SSD
490.28 MB/S
120 GB

1 x HDD + 1 x SSD HyperDuo (Safe Mode)
489.28 MB/s
2 TB

1 x HDD + 2 x SSD HyperDuo (Safe Mode)
715.13 MB/s
2 TB

Drives Used:
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 Series 2.5” 120 GB (VTX3-25SAT3-120G)
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green 3.5” 2 TB (WD20EARS)

Software Used:
IO Meter, 256KB Sequential Read, queue depth = 10

Dimensions & Weight

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Weight
0.32

Packaging

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Package Contents
1 - PCIe SATA Controller Card
1 - Low Profile Bracket
1 - Driver CD
1 - Instruction Manual
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Gary E.
  • 11/6/2015 4:49:14 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Card!

This review is from: StarTech.com 4 Port PCI Express 2.0 SATA III 6Gbps RAID Controller Card with HyperDuo SSD Tiering - PCIe SATA 3 Controller Adapter

Pros: I installed this card in a new Server running MS 2012 R2 before it was even certified for the OS and it work great right out of the box. Running RAID 1 with WD 500GB hard drives. Running great over 1 year. Not 1 issue. Great RAID controller for the $$.

Cons: None

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  • Stephanie C.
  • 8/6/2015 2:54:06 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood for Server 2012 R2 Essentials

This review is from: StarTech.com 4 Port PCI Express 2.0 SATA III 6Gbps RAID Controller Card with HyperDuo SSD Tiering - PCIe SATA 3 Controller Adapter

Pros: I have used these cards in a couple of 2012 Essentials servers handling storage spaces. No problems.
Has headers for hard drive activity LED's.

Cons: None.

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  • joe a.
  • 3/27/2015 8:37:17 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWork Just Fine

This review is from: StarTech.com 4 Port PCI Express 2.0 SATA III 6Gbps RAID Controller Card with HyperDuo SSD Tiering - PCIe SATA 3 Controller Adapter

Pros: Works exactly as it should, no problems.

Cons: none

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  • John B.
  • 3/25/2015 12:42:47 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMore about PEXSAT34RH: Answering Terry D.'s question

This review is from: StarTech.com 4 Port PCI Express 2.0 SATA III 6Gbps RAID Controller Card with HyperDuo SSD Tiering - PCIe SATA 3 Controller Adapter

Pros: You can see my earlier reviews on this. Egg sent me an e-mail suggesting someone found those reviews useful, and I find a recent reviewer asking about a "hybrid-drive" setup for this controller.

There are a few solution options to simply buying a "hybrid" drive which are much better: Intel ISRT SSD-caching; Marvell Hyper-Duo SSD-caching; and general caching software like Romex Primo-Cache (which has proven that the proprietary limitation(s) of options like ISRT or Samsung RAPID are not a limitation to achieving the same result by other means).

All you need for either HyperDuo (a feature of the PEXSAT34RH) or the Romex software is a 40 to 60GB SSD, but you could use a larger one, contrary to the 64GB limit in Intel's ISRT. If you want to use the inherent features of the Startech card, you can read their instructions and do it that way. If you want to use Primo-Cache, follow that approach.

You don't need an SATA-III HDD and certainly you don't need a "hybrid" HDD. One or more reliable, high-capacity SATA-II HDDs would be just as good. You only need to assure that the caching SSD is connected to an SATA-III port -- which would be the case with either Marvell Hyper-Duo or Primo-Cache using the PEXSAT34RH

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I'll think of some, if there's a need or someone asks.

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  • Terry D.
  • 2/25/2015 10:08:12 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsCould I use this for a Home Hybrid SSD/RAID Boot Drive

This review is from: StarTech.com 4 Port PCI Express 2.0 SATA III 6Gbps RAID Controller Card with HyperDuo SSD Tiering - PCIe SATA 3 Controller Adapter

Pros: Homemade Hybrid Drive Setup SSD/RAID Boot drive?

Not sure if this is impossible or practical. I know this isn't really the appropriate venue and would be better suited as a forum question. But while researching this, I saw that this card my hold the answer I'm looking for. So if NewEgg would bear with me, this could answer questionsquestions for those with similar delimas.


I have a question and/or challenge for my fellow geeks out there.

I recently purchased my first SSD drive, got a Crucial MX100 512Gb. Plan to update my current rig so I also got some other unrelated hardware goodies that aren't related to this question.

I'm have currently running 4 X 1Tb Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 64Mb cache, These are standard mechanical hard drives that'll be referred to as HHDs. The 4 HHDs are setup and running in a RAID 10 Array.
While researching and shopping for my SSD I read a bit on Hybrid drives and there are simply a mechanical hard drives with a small integrated SSD

Here is what I want to do:
Install my SSD as a boot drive, install OS ect.., and then add my RAID 10 setup to it but I'd like the SSD to work as a boot/caching drive and operate just like a Hybrid drive works. negative to a Hybrid drive is it is limited to the smaller SSD drive and once that gets full then it is forced to revert back to the mech HHD. With the setup I'm proposing I would have all the SSD size to work with so slowing the write or access bake and forth to the mech HDD would have little to no impact on performance at all.

The hardware card would also elevate my current problem of having 8 drives to connect and only 6+1 ports (have 5 HDDs + 2 optical + 1 ext SATA)

I don't no if this is possible yet but some sort of a hardware card to manage the caching of that much data would likely perform better, similar to a dedicated RAID card, But it would seem that it could be managed by some sort of driver or other software program, and should be cost effective.
One could also consider using this along with some sort of a Ramdisk option in there to elevate any slowdowns, especially if an additional hardware card is needed.

I may be embarrassing myself because I'm not sure if this or a similar solution is already out there. I did read something similar to my idea in an SSD PCI-E X2 setup.

Cons: Hybrid drives are limited to 8gb or so...whywhy????

Should be able to use the same technology as a hybrid drive on a larger scale.
Could be software based but for best performance seems like a hardwarehardware based solution would be best via controller card.Same as a dedicated RAID card.

Other Thoughts: Any one considered this?

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  • Timothy M.
  • 9/30/2014 8:14:28 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDo buy it if you own an Acer Veriton

This review is from: StarTech.com 4 Port PCI Express 2.0 SATA III 6Gbps RAID Controller Card with HyperDuo SSD Tiering - PCIe SATA 3 Controller Adapter

Pros: Pros? Really? Oh ya, it fit in the slot.....

Cons: I own a brand new Acer Veriton M4630G Desktop and I spent hours on the phone with tech support only to be told I needed to install it into a different computer to "test compatability"! I'm sorry but I don't have a testing lab in my home and I am not going to tear into a functioning 7 year old computer to test an item that should work. Back to Newegg it goes and a different brand card is on the way!

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  • Richard P.
  • 10/14/2013 2:47:47 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBeats MB RAID

This review is from: StarTech.com 4 Port PCI Express 2.0 SATA III 6Gbps RAID Controller Card with HyperDuo SSD Tiering - PCIe SATA 3 Controller Adapter

Pros: Better performance than Intel "fake" MB RAID (5.9 vs. 4.1) in RAID 1 configuration. The heatsink (in RAID 1 mode) barely gets warm. Driver support is at the BIOS level so no OS software drivers are required. Set up the drive configuration using the BIOS (there's a wizard to help with that) and the RAID array appears as a single drive to Windows. Installing a bootable Win7 on the RAID array is then no problem.

Cons: None really, but the documentation could be improved.

Other Thoughts: Plugs into a PCI express x2, x4, or x16 slot. Has header pins for optional activity indicator LEDs (5 total,1 for each drive plus 1 for all drives).

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  • Albert A.
  • 10/5/2013 3:18:31 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: StarTech.com 4 Port PCI Express 2.0 SATA III 6Gbps RAID Controller Card with HyperDuo SSD Tiering - PCIe SATA 3 Controller Adapter

Pros: Provides 4 SATA 3 connections to a P35 motherboard. Although Windows has not been tried, BIOS and Linux Mint fully support this card.

Cons: Will not support a boot drive. Not really a con as it was not expected.

Other Thoughts: Of the 4 drives connected to this card, 4 could be read from and 3 could be written to. The failing drive had to be reformatted before it could be written to.

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  • John T.
  • 5/26/2013 7:03:06 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsRevised review for Linux

This review is from: StarTech.com 4 Port PCI Express 2.0 SATA III 6Gbps RAID Controller Card with HyperDuo SSD Tiering - PCIe SATA 3 Controller Adapter

Pros: It will mount and read devices reliably, but see below

Cons: Apologies to anyone who acted on my review, here's what I found with more time.
It installs fine, mounts drives OK, but any media it mounts under Linux is only reliable for reading. This applies to hard drives and dvd/cd writers.
I tried to install Ubuntu 12.04 onto it and the install consistently stopped about 1/2 way through with a message about possible bad media. I also tried burning a cd and a dvd connected thru this card and in all cases it reported insufficient space on the empty disc. It will however successfully read media.
Connecting the hard drive and dvd writer I mention above to the native SATA ports on my mobo and repeating the tests resulted in perfect behavior.
Too bad, I really wanted to like this product, now I will RMA.

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  • John T.
  • 5/19/2013 11:53:50 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks with Linux

This review is from: StarTech.com 4 Port PCI Express 2.0 SATA III 6Gbps RAID Controller Card with HyperDuo SSD Tiering - PCIe SATA 3 Controller Adapter

Pros: 4x SATA 6 for $100, and I got a 20% discount taking it to $80.
Plugged it in and it worked, no messing with drivers.
Works with Linux.

Cons: None after 2 days and some testing

Other Thoughts: I called Startech about this card and they confirmed it works with Linux, and sure enough it actually does.

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