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SYBA SY-PCX40009 PCI-X SATA II (3.0Gb/s) RAID Controller Card

  • RAID 0/1/5/10
  • 4 x SATA II Internal Connectors
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Learn more about the Syba SY-PCX40009

Model

Brand
SYBA
Model
SY-PCX40009

Specifications

Type
SATA II (3.0Gb/s)
Internal Connectors
4 x SATA II
Interface
PCI-X
Transfer Rate
Up to 3Gb/s
RAID
RAID 0/1/5/10
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7, Linux, Mac OS 10.4x

Features

Features
Silicon Image SiL3124 chipset

Compliant with PCI-X Specifications Revision 1.0a

Fully Plug & Play compatible

Intergraded Serial ATA Link and PHY logic

Compliant with Serial ATA 1.0 and Serial ATA II Extensions to Serial ATA 1.0 Specifications

Supports Serial ATA Generation 2 transfer rate of 3.0Gb/s

Supports Serial ATA II: Port Multiplier 1.0 Specifications

Backward compatible to SATA 1.0 Specification

Supports four independent Serial ATA channels

Independent Link, Transport, and date FIFO

Independent command fetch, scatter/gather, and command execution

Supports Legacy Command Queuing (LCQ)

Supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ)

Supports Non-zero offsets NCQ

Supports Out of order data delivery NCQ

Supports FIS-based switching with port Multipliers.

Packaging

Package Contents
PCI-X 4 channels SATA II Card
Driver CD
2 x SATA Cables
User Manual

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • George M.
  • 4/13/2013 11:17:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card for what its worth ...

Pros: This card "just worked" on a system running Mageia 3 (3.8 Kernel) Linux system. I plugged in the card and turned on the power and booted the system and presto, there were all four of the drives I had attached ready for service. I am using BtrFS check summing filesystem and so far no errors at all. I am satisfied with ease of setup, performance and overall design of the card. This card runs a full 64 bits and 133Mhz which gives it pretty good overall bandwidth. How long it holds up, of course, remains to be seen, but at this point I am very happy with my purchase. I find it well worth the money at this point.

Cons: No cons whatsoever for me. But some will buy this expecting a hardware RAID card. This is NOT a hardware RAID card. This is a BIOS'd SATAII controller card. The BIOS allows this card to be bootable and makes it capable of doing some RAID housekeeping. But actual online RAID functions are ALL done by your motherboard CPU otherwise known as HOST RAID. If you want REAL HARDWARE RAID you need to be looking at Areca, LSI, 3ware, Adaptec or Promise. You won't get one from Syba.

Con number two (also not a problem for me) is that this is a PCI-X card. PCI-X is NOT PCI Express! PCI-X is simply an extension of the old PCI bus. On many if not most motherboards ALL PCI-X cards on the system must be compatible - they all must run at the same frequency. Initially I installed this card alongside an old 3ware RAID card. The 3ware RAID card was running 64bits at 66Mhz. This card was attempting 64bits at 133Mhz and would not switch down to 66Mhz even though it is capable of that speed. It didn't work. The card appeared for all the world DOA. But then knowing the issue, I removed the 3ware card, rebooted, and everything "just worked". So beware of this issue before you buy this card. If you already have a PCI-X card in another slot that you plan to keep, make sure it is running 64bits at 133Mhz. Nothing else will do!

Con number 3 for some people will be documentation. Syba's documentation is abysmal and IOCREST, the original manufacturer does not provide any downloadable documentation. If you need access to the BIOS on this card you may need to remove the motherboard SPLASH screen via motherboard options as it may conceal this board's setup screen. It certainly seems to on my system. If you are running Linux and you want software RAID, do it on the system side, not by trying to run a software RAID driver associated with this card. That way you will save yourself a lot of headaches and end up with a much more robust RAID system. But to make the card bootable you will need access to its BIOS. Also, if you are using this card with Linux, you will probably need to flash the BIOS with IT firmware in order to get fine control of the boot features. Syba seems to be ready and willing to walk you through this process if necessary. I have no need of it in my case.

Other Thoughts: With its Silicon Image 3124 chipset supported by sata_sil24 kernel module, this card is a no brainer for Linux users. You will get four additional SATA II ports with plenty of throughput. SATA III is really not necessary for conventional hard drives anyway. If you have an SSD or hybrid drive then you will need SATA III functionality for full performance. But at this point, unfortunately, I know of no chip options for SATA III for Linux users. SI is not yet in the SATA III market. The open driver for Marvell chipsets is buggy. The closed driver is high maintenance. The other option is Asmedia and I would be very careful about using that on Linux. I have an Asmedia SATA III card that I have never used and am going to be getting rid of. I got nothing but errors out of it. So for SATA support on Linux look for SI3124. Its the bomb!

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  • Michael M.
  • 10/17/2012 8:17:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPay now or pay later

Pros: Low Cost and easy of physical install. One of the few PCI-X boards still around for SATA Raid.

Cons: Almost no instructions on how to actually configure RAIDs. Mearly a disk with PDF's explaining what the different RAIDs are. After three days we have still not been able to get it to correctly configure 4 drives in a RAID 5. It wants to split it into to drives even though it shows a single logical array. The second drive it shows to windows is unusable and we can't do anything with it. I have built thirty servers in my current job and never had the number of configuration issues I have had with this card. Note the card manufacturer will not support the device, after you fill out the support page they will send you to a page that says contact the seller.

Other Thoughts: Save your money and buy a hard ware Raid card if you want Raid 5. Can't speak to the other Raids this card is suppos to be able to handle. Drivers from the manufacturer and vendors website have not been updated sence 2006.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

We are here to help you--Please contact us now.

Which website did you fill out the support form? It is our policy to answer all inquiries by e-mail or phone within 24 hours.

Do you still have the e-mail we sent you? Can you forward it to us?

The reason for lacking RAID setup instructions is that this card has integrated many RAID settings into its software driver, and on the chipset itself making RAID setup much easier.

You may also download the user manual online. User manual will show you how to get to the BIOS screen.

For some legacy main boards, there are a few BIOS settings required in order for the card to function properly.

The chipset used for this card is a very old chip, and there hasn't been an updated driver written for years.

Thank you for purchasing one of our products, and for leaving us your valuable feedback. We value all positive and negative feedback.

Our technical support team is available to help 9am-5pm M-F. Feel free to contact us during those business hours at support@sybausa.com

We are more than happy to provide all of our customers with a prompt exchange whenever a product becomes defective.

SYBA offers an on-line RMA form, the user can easily fill out the form and submit it for a quick RMA return and exchange. It is SYBA's policy to answer all customer inquiries within 24 hours (M-F)

Regards, SYBA CST 10232012

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  • Daniel S.
  • 9/26/2011 11:34:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsIncompatible

Pros: Decent price for a soft RAID card

Cons: Must flash card's BIOS to change between IDE and RAID mode. Apparent incompatibilities with other cards.

Dell Poweredge 1300 server with onboard Adaptec aic7xxx SCSI and a HiPoint RocketRaid SATA-2 card: As long as Adaptec controller was active, the Syba card could not use any attached hard drives. After a long wait, it would print out the drive type with a capacity of 0GB and then hang. Sometimes it did this regardless of the Adaptec controller's presence, but usually worked with the Adaptec disabled.

With HiPoint card in the system, there would always be an NMI generated just before bootup.

To make the system work, I ended up using an older SATA I card based on the SiI 3114 chipset instead.

Other Thoughts: The card seemed to work well enough when it was alone in the system.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for purchasing our SYBA products. We are sorry to hear that the product has stopped functioning as it should be. SYBA has a driver update for this Card that should fix your issue. The driver can be download at this link: http://sybausa.com/resource/SY-PCX40009/SY-PCX40009_Windows_2000-XP-2003server-Vista-7-MacOSX-RedHatEnterpriseLinux3.0-4.0-SuSELinuxEnterprise9.0.zip. Otherwise, the problem might be due to a defective unit and is causing the unit not to work properly. I would like to point out that we can also issue RMA returns. We always try to provide the most reliable products to our customers and all products come with at least 1-year warranty. So please don't hesitate to contact us at support@sybausa.com for replacement or question.

Regards, SYBA Customer Service AA 100611

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  • Craig M.
  • 9/18/2011 6:10:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot a true RAID card

Pros: The card is cheep and does provide some raid support for older PCI-X mobos. But it isn't any better then the RAID support you will find on most Mobos themselves.

Cons: RAID 5 is completely unusable the OS would not stop locking up even after the server ran for several days without any load or other programs running.

RAID 1 is barely adequate. This card locks up the OS whenever it needs to verify/update the mirrored drive. If you copy over 1 GB or larger files to the array it will lock up the computer on and off for several minutes to several hours. The larger the files the worse off your system is.

Worse the card suddely marked one of my SATA drives as invalid and killed the entire array ie. no longer shows up to the OS. The card will not accept a single drive under RAID 1 as valid. This defeats the whole purpose of RAID.

Other Thoughts: You are better off spending more money to get a true RAID card.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for purchasing our SYBA products. We are sorry to hear that the product has stopped functioning as it should be. SYBA has a driver update for this card that should fix your issue. The driver can be download at this link: http://sybausa.com/resource/SY-PCX40009/SY-PCX40009_Windows_2000-XP-2003server-Vista-7-MacOSX-RedHatEnterpriseLinux3.0-4.0-SuSELinuxEnterprise9.0.zip. Otherwise, the problem might be due to a defective unit and is causing the unit not to work properly. I would like to point out that we can also issue RMA returns. We always try to provide the most reliable products to our customers and all products come with at least 1-year warranty. So please don't hesitate to contact us at support@sybausa.com for replacement or question.

Regards, SYBA Customer Service AA 100711

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  • Luke T.
  • 7/26/2011 9:28:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsStick with BIOS version 6409!

Pros: Low price, brought new life back to some older servers that had 68-pin SCSI drives in them, PCI-X compatible.

Cons: The latest version for the BIOS (6600) caused an error during POST, something about a diskette boot failure. It would just stop there and not continue to try and boot from any other media even though the CDROM was first in the boot order. Both RAID and non-RAID BIOS would do this. As soon as the drives were unplugged from this controller, the error went away and the system would continue to boot from the CD drive. Minus one egg for the latest BIOS functioning worse than the older versions.

Other Thoughts: We had three servers at work that we wanted to reassign but needed larger hard drives. They all had SCSI RAID controllers with internal 68-pin cables. After having difficulty finding compatible drives, we decided to try SATA drives with an add-in PCI-X controller. We decided to give this one a try with flashing the BIOS to a non-RAID version as others have suggested. I grabbed the latest non-RAID BIOS from the Silicon Image web site, flashed the first controller and everything worked fine. A few weeks later it was time to work on the next server, did all the same steps, but kept running into the problems mentioned above. I tried another controller since we had purchased enough for all three servers and got the same results. I finally flashed it back to the shipped version, R6318, and it booted normally. So then I decided to try the non-RAID B6409 version that others had mentioned and it's working great! First server was a Dell PE1600SC, second was a Compaq ProLiant ML310.

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  • Marijan A.
  • 6/18/2011 12:32:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMajor problems with multi card configuration

Pros: Inexpensive, no fan-out cable needed, works in PCI and PCI-X slots

Cons: Horrible problems when used in a four card configuration. Drives were assembled into a software (Linux) raid 6 and after a while I started getting SATA link timeouts, then PCI-X bus errors and finally system crashes under heavy I/O load. I even tried replacing some cards, updating firmware (card and motherboard), no dice.... ended up switching to 2 8-port LSI cards and haven't looked back since

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  • Jordan C.
  • 6/13/2011 2:57:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGet what you pay for.

Pros: Affordable.
PCI and PCI-X compatible controller.
Has 4 sata ports.
Supports raid 0,1,5,10, great for file serving duties.
Linux compatible.

Cons: Not the fastest card you could get, but for the price it is a great deal for the budget minded.

The PCI-X compatibility of this card means it works in a standard PCI slot (PRO) however it might also be too long for some motherboard configurations.

Other Thoughts: Be aware that PCI-X and PCI-Express are different standards and this is not a PCI-Express compatible card.

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  • Kenneth H.
  • 4/12/2011 5:45:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks with PCI

Pros: Works with PCI-X and PCI.
Adds 4 more SATA slots

Cons: A little pricey

Other Thoughts: I got a Asus Sabertooth P67 board with the TUF jacket that did not allow this card to fit in the PCI slot. had to do a little dremel work on the last connector and it fits with no problems what-so-ever

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  • Myron S.
  • 11/24/2010 12:29:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat SATA Card

Pros: Cost: paid 40 bucks, delivered to my doorstep.

Cons: none so far. working as expected....

Other Thoughts: Used this card in a Dell Precision Workstation 650 running Microsoft Windows 7 and media center. I flashed this card to be a standard card (non-raid) and had no problem adding to Windows 7. Windows 7 went online and searched for a driver, found it, and installed it. Card is working great. no chopiness when recording an HD/Analog channel and displaying HD from two extenders at the same time. This card revived my workstation 650.... I am very happy with the performance. The non-RAID flash I used was from "3124_6409.zip" from the siliconimage site and used "UpdFlash_v336.zip to flash it. The zip file contains both raid and non raid bin files.

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  • Adam W.
  • 10/19/2010 5:35:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsDoes Not Support RAID 5

Pros: Will work as a controller, and will set up an array just fine.

Very cheap.

Cons: You can ONLY rebuild RAID 1 arrays. Don't plan on rebuilding a RAID 5 with this card. The software of the card can not do that. In my opinion this is shady advertisement, since the point of RAID 5 is parity and redundancy, which is pointless if you can't replace a bad HDD.

No Linux support.

Slow speeds.

Other Thoughts: Invest in a 3ware or something more expensive. You get what you pay for with this card.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for purchasing our Syba products. We are sorry to hear that the product has stopped functioning as it should be. Please refer to our reviews. We have decent reviews for this product. I would like to point out that we can also issue RMA returns. We always try to provide the most reliable products to our customers and all products come with at least 3-year warranty. So please don't hesitate to contact us at support@sybausa.com for replacement or question.

Regards, Syba Customer Service KN 102510

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