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PROMISE SATA300 TX4 PCI SATA II (3.0Gb/s) 4-Port Adapter

  • 4 x SATA II Internal Connectors
  • Up to 300MB/s
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Model

Brand
PROMISE
Model
SATA300 TX4

Specifications

Type
SATA II (3.0Gb/s)
Internal Connectors
4 x SATA II
Interface
PCI
Transfer Rate
Up to 300MB/s
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP
Red Hat Linux, SuSE Linux, Linux open source code
Dimensions
2" x 4.7"

Features

Features
Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
SATA Tagged Command Queuing (TCQ)
Large LBA support for drives above 137GB
Supports Serial ATAPI devices
Flexible future-proof upgrade for users with motherboards that only have a PCI interface
66 MHz PCI bus supports up to 266MB/sec burst data transfer rate

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  • Jose I.
  • 9/18/2012 9:00:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsquality, never fails

Pros: Works after 5 years as flawlessly as day one.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Quality product. It just works. It has been in at least 5 different machines from XP to Win 7, several versions of Redhat and Ubuntu and in a couple of Hackintoshes.

It works everywhere I tried it, with every drive. Can.t use it foe the boot partition in a Mac, but not many older cards do

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  • Clinton E.
  • 7/31/2012 7:22:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks With Debian Squeeze/Wheezy and 2TB drives

Pros: Plugged it into my ancient athlonmp rig and it ... worked. Detected my 2TB drives fine too. The kernel in Debian squeeze picked it up and I was able to setup a software RAID1 and at least the initial resync was limited by PCI bus saturation.

Cons: For whatever reason, the card because sd{a,b} and displaced the rest of my drives to new devices. Luckily for me, Debian automagically updated my fstab to use partition UUIDs so nothing broke, but you might be in for a surprise if you are still using device names.

Other Thoughts: I was a bit put off by the reviews of the cheaper no-name AHCI cards and decided to drop a bit more for this... breathed a bit of new life into my ancient PATA only AthlonMP 2800 workstation turned file/print/whatever server turned mythtv box.

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  • Douglas K.
  • 5/5/2012 5:36:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood for me!!

Pros: So far they've just worked. Which is most of what you can ask for. I use them for two freenas boxes, and haven't had many issues if any. Running for months at a time. I've paired them with WD Black and RE4 drives. I serve up nfs to my esx hosts, and run several vms off them. Sure things can be a little faster its a work in progress.

Cons: Not much to them, but they get the job done.

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  • Mark M.
  • 4/22/2012 11:42:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTech support non-responsive

Pros: Cheaper than high end cards

Cons: This is a followup to my previous review about the silent data corruption. Promise tech support seems to be non-existent and unresponsive, and it's too late for an rma to newegg.

I've found out that this card has a very limited range of motherboards supported. I do have this card working in one old machine with an amd xp cpu, but cannot get this card to work solidly in any modern machine.

Other Thoughts: When it comes to data storage, going cheap will be expensive for you in the long run.

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  • Mark M.
  • 4/18/2012 9:25:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSilent data corruption

Pros: Cheap for a 4 port card

Cons: I have three of these cards with the same corruption problem. We'll see what promise tech support has to say.

I had one controller in a linux machine using md + lvm with four drives for more than a year. Every so often I would get corrupted files, but I wrote it off to be from a hard shutdown or similar. When I set up ZFS for a bigger array using this same controller it started catching the file corruptions regularly. Different operating system, different file system, different motherboard and it was still problematic. (And this is on all cards too, not just one)

I did some research and apparently this is a very common problem, and there's even a vote in the freebsd community to mark this card as JUNK in the kernel so it warns people trying to use it.

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  • Robert S.
  • 2/4/2012 9:22:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAlways read the reviews first.

Pros: Probably a nice way to expand your SATA ports if you have only a PCI slot available and have fully compatible hardware.

Cons: Tried to set this up under Windows Pro 32bit on a Dell Vostro 220 Mini Tower in one of the two PCI slots, running through a 4 port eSATA bracket to 3 Samsung HD204UI 2TB drives in Vantec Nexstar USB/eSATA enclosures (NST-300SU-BK). No RAID. Just looking to mount eSATA drives under Windows. Drives would mount & remove safely, but all attempts to actually access the drives ended in uncancellable hangups. This happened during both file copies under Windows and during disk tests using WD Data Lifeguard.

Not sure what part of my system displeased this board. I'm guessing it was the 2TB drive size. In a bit of a hurry, I replaced the TX4 with a locally purchased Vantec UGT-ST310R (SIL-3114 based) card and everything worked fine.

If I had noted the manufacturer's response regarding the unsupported nature of 2TB drives on this card, I'd have saved myself some headaches. Lesson learned.

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  • Alan S.
  • 8/27/2011 5:29:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood match for FreeNAS with 2TB drives

Pros: Nicely packaged, printed manual, includes cables etc.

Works well with Freenas and had no problems with using the motherboard IDE to boot from SSD. It also had no problems with 2TB drives.

Cons: None.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/2/2011 3:36:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSomewhat un-PROMISE-ing

Pros: Included 4 SATA 2 cables and detected my 1 and 2 TB HDDs.

Cons: Took over my BIOS and rendered the on-board IDE controllers unusable and I could not boot from IDE hard drive. Thought this may be an IRQ availability issue so I disabled USB, serial, Parallel and audio but still had the same problem.

Other Thoughts: Bought this for an older motherboard to turn it into a FreeNAS server. Even though this card did not work out for me, Iam still giving it 3 eggs, because I was implementing an IDE to CF --SATA to CF drives which is kinda out of the ordinary; but this controller will probably work just fine if you don't care for IDE drives and want to go with all 4 plain SATA hard drives. Just be mindful that if you plan to use onboard IDE in conjunction with this card, you will run into problems.

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  • Gregory P.
  • 5/28/2011 11:01:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOK if you know the limitations

Pros: Adds 4 ports with one PCI card that can be low profile if you need it to be; good for old motherboards. Bought this one cause it is supposed to play nice with FreeNAS software raid. Haven't tried that setup yet but did use it in a Win Server 2008 standard setup. Windows drivers make server think the 2tb sata disks are SCSI and don't pass SMART data. Cables/low-profile bracket included.

Cons: Somewhat high price compared to alternatives. Windows drivers won't pass SMART properly.

Other Thoughts: One of the main buying points is if you are building FreeNAS box from old hardware, FreeNAS forums talk about this being a card that plays nice with FreeNAS.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/16/2011 7:48:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDoesnt work to good Linux

Pros: It does work with newest kernels under the [sata_promise] module
devices / partitions recognized

Cons: It performs very poorly w/ my setup (debian-amd64)
hdparam -t /dev/sd* reveals speeds less than 3 MBps
the time it takes to mount and read files on the drive is abhorant (>10 seconds)
Promise's driver source is outdated and make calls to depricated functions / non existant header files.
Too many issues trying to build the ulsata module.

Other Thoughts: Tried to dig through the source / make file, recompiled the kernel source, updated everything, bla bla bla, didnt feel like patching anything with code posted on web pages. You might get lucky and get this to work well in Windows or even Linux, but its a safer bet to go with a device that has better driver support.

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