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PROMISE FTTX4650 PCI Express SATA / SAS Controller Card

  • RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
  • 4 x SAS Internal Connectors
  • Up to 3Gb/s
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Model

Brand
PROMISE
Model
FTTX4650

Specifications

Type
SATA / SAS
Internal Connectors
4 x SAS
Interface
PCI Express
Transfer Rate
Up to 3Gb/s
RAID
RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • William A.
  • 3/26/2011 11:13:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsJUNK card

Pros: looks good, good price, would work good with smaller drives

Cons: The compatabiltiy list has not been updated for this card since version 1.0, even though there has been several driver and firmware updates. There are no drives over 500gb that are supported!!! I hooked up 4 1.5tb drives and the booted the PC, as long as the array was not configured the PC would boot perfect, but as soon as I configured the array the PC would not boot. I worked with Promise tech support for 3 or 4 days and they could not figure out any solution.... RMA'ed the card and purchased a hardward raid card instead.

Other Thoughts: it looks like newegg is out of stock on this card, good thing dont waste your money on this card!!!

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  • Ryan M.
  • 10/13/2010 12:28:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsStubborn when hot

Pros: Has 4 ports. Can connect SAS to SATA drives. Raid 0, 1, 5, 10, and JBOD. Comes with lots of cables. PCIe x1.

Cons: Will not detect drives when hot. I run this in a machine that needs to be on 24/7. If the power flickers, or the computer needs to be restarted, this card REFUSES to detect any drives until the power is cut off for at least 15 minutes. My case temp is only 45C.

Other Thoughts: The issue with drive detection is the sole reason for my 2/5 rating. If it weren't for that, it would get a 5/5.

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  • Dan M.
  • 8/4/2010 6:45:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent low end card

Pros: Worked fine on Windows 7 64-bit. Easy to create arrays and comes with cables. Nice long cables.

Cons: Power cable is a little short.

Not really a con... but the card could be a tad bit smaller for what it has to offer. If you have a mATX mobo like I do the card may block a larger video cards cooling. I have a sapphire ATI 4830 and part of the fan is covered by the PCB. Does not affect cooling though.

Other Thoughts: I have a 10K rpm SAS array. This is not my boot drive. So take my pros with a grain of salt. It works great as additional storage. I boot with an SSD and use this drive for gaming and photoshop and it works fine. Much faster than the SATA drives I was using.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/20/2010 8:58:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great!

Pros: I was a complete noob to setting up a raid array and was able to install the card, set up the array in the bios, load the drivers in Windows 7 after starting the setup and fully installing Windows 7 on a 4 drive raid 0 striped array.

Note I downloaded the drivers for windows 7 from the Promise site and had them on my external drive ready to go if I needed them which I did as windows setup did not recognize the array without loading the drivers. Also I was able to do this with 4 drives, 3 different models 2 80 gig seagate sata I, 1 WD 80 gig sata I and 1 Samsung 80 gig sata II.

Only took me about an hour start to finish.

Cons: Sata ports on the card don't latch with a latching Sata cable, but seem to be secure enough.

Sata ports would have been better oriented to the top rather than rear of the card.

Other Thoughts: Luckily I had 4 pcie slots to choose from 2 were located where my memory sticks where right behind the board and would have been tough to connect the sata cables if possible at all. 1 was right next to the Video card suffocating its heat sink and causing it to overheat. I had one slot that avoided these types of problems, just mentioned this as it is something to think about ahead of time, I just got lucky.

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  • Robert L.
  • 9/21/2008 6:14:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for the price, and what it is meant to do.

Pros: Been using SCSI for YEARS, I'm only 66 yrs. young. It is NOT that fast, it's not MEANT to be a scorcher, it breathes some, but not too much, again, it SHOULD, it's software, NO IOP, no CACHE. THAT is what I paid for, and I KNEW it. BUT, worked GREAT. I did NOT update firmware, or drivers, used what I had, BEFORE playing games.

Cons: AS LONG AS YOU LOOK BEFORE YOU BUY, AND KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GETTING BEFORE YOU GET IT, You WILL GET YOUR MONEY's WORTH!

Other Thoughts: I had ZERO issues formatting two Seagate 73 Gig SAS 15K.V drives, they work GREAT. AND, just to check, I tried TWO WD. Raptors WD740ADFD's. Also work great. I got it to try it, and see if it wouild do as it says, and possibly fill a niche, (SAS in XP and Vista) CHEAPLY. Both O/S's were tried, 32 bit and 64 bit. In difference to the man below, "Possibly the Motherboards, and / or drives were not on QVL"? Or, possibly, it was just plain BROKE, it happens. And, Lord KNOWS what kind of weird things they will do when certain Malfunctions occur.
Better luck to you. Your right about they're Tech. dept. though, To them, LVD is a little DVD ;-)

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  • Chris A.
  • 8/25/2008 10:10:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWhat a waste of time!

Pros: Newwegg let me exchange it!!!

Cons: This card is JUNK!!!!!! It will read drives and create arrays, but as soon as you try to format your array it is all over. Windows had so any issues with this card. Tried it on 3 diff pcs and none would boot it with an array created.

Other Thoughts: Promise tech support is ignorant. They were no help at all. I have a very high understanding of these products and they were baffled by my questions

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