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SYBA SY-PEX40008 PCI Express Low Profile Ready SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Software RAID Controller Card

  • RAID 0/1/5/10
  • 4 x SATA II Internal Connectors
  • Up to 3Gb/s
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Learn more about the Syba SY-PEX40008

Model

Brand
SYBA
Model
SY-PEX40008
Form Factor
Low Profile Ready

Specifications

Type
SATA II (3.0Gb/s)
Internal Connectors
4 x SATA II
Interface
PCI Express
Transfer Rate
Up to 3Gb/s
RAID
RAID 0/1/5/10
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 8
Windows 7
Vista
Windows XP
Windows 2000
Mac OS 10.4x
Red Hat Linux 8.0.9.0
SuSE Linux 8.1, 8.2
United Linux 1.0

Features

Features
SIL3124 Chipset

Supports Serial ATA II: Port Multiplier 1.0 Specifications.

Compliant with PCI Express Specification Revision 1.0a.

1-Lane (x1) PCI Express Connector.

Fully Plug & Play Compatible.

Integrated Serial ATA Link and PHY Logic.

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

Backward Compatible to SATA 1.0 Specification.

Supports Four Independent Serial ATA Channels.

Independent Link, Transport, and Data 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
4 channels PCI-Express Serial ATA II Host Controller Card
2 x SATA Cables
Driver CD
User Manual
Low Profile Bracket

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Todd O.
  • 2/13/2014 2:59:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat with Solaris ZFS

Pros: I've been running two of these non-stop for over two years in JBOD mode with no issues. (8) 1 TB drives in a RAIDZ2 Vdev on OpenSolaris and Oracle Solaris.

Cons: Not x8 PCIe, but not a big deal

Other Thoughts: I've tested the port multiplier features, and they work fine.

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  • Daniel Q.
  • 11/17/2013 1:59:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsFailed after 1.5 yrs

Pros: Worked great for first year and a half. I have had this card running in a desktop system that I used in a lab. Although it was nothing fancy it worked for what I needed.

Cons: The short life span. The card is not a high performer and seem to lose connection to the drive on occasion where I needed to reboot the system in order to get the drives to come back on-line. I think this thing that annoyed me the most was the intermittent drive drops and reboots of the system. At first it happened once or twice a month but as time past the reboots became more frequent. Now, the drive appears in Windows and all looks good but as soon I try to copy anything to it, the system locks and I have reboot to release it.

Other Thoughts: Now, maybe I just a bad card so remember that my review is base on my experience. I have used other SYBA products that I have my lab they seem to be working fine. However, this is my second RAID controller that has died on me so just maybe there is an issue with this line of RAID cards that they make.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

The controller you received may have a hardware issue. It is not normal for the card to drop hard drives during file transfers.

Note that our controllers have a 3 year manufacturer's warranty for a new replacement.

As you know we are more than happy to provide our customers with a hassle free exchange when a product is defective.

SYBA offers an online 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)

Thank you for purchasing one of our products, and for leaving us your valuable feedback.

Regards, SYBA CST 11212013

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  • Daniel Q.
  • 11/3/2013 11:25:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot good for longevity

Pros: This is a great card while it works. I had no problems getting it setup and working on a Windows Server 2008 R2 system. Performance was not great but it worked as a small file server.

Cons: One year and three months later this card as now just stopped working. It was not sudden as it started to drop drives randomly and through put dropped to an unacceptable level (below 2mb per second). I thought it was the network but after change the system and putting the card and drives in another system the problem persisted. Checked this drive and replaced two of them as a precaution but it seems the issue was with controller.

Other Thoughts: As I mentioned, the card worked fine while it worked but would not have expected it fail after 1.5 years of rather light use.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Note that all our controllers have a 3 year manufacturer warranty for a new replacement.

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

SYBA offers an online 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)

Contact our support team at support@sybausa.com for more information.

Thank you for purchasing one of our products, and for leaving us your valuable feedback.

Regards, SYBA CST 11122013

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  • Pierre M.
  • 10/30/2013 4:15:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsRAID 1 in production server

Pros: Worked perfectly from day one

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Needed to add some storage to an existing Windows 2003 R2 server so I got this card and a couple Hitachi 1 TB enterprise drives. Other similar cards did not work but this one did. I mirrored the drives RAID 1 and all works well. Going on two years now.

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  • Juana W.
  • 3/29/2013 1:05:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks - With Help

Pros: 4 Ports.
Compatible with my Biostar TPower I55 PEX4-1 slot.
Supports Win7 x64.
Can feed an eSATA drive (or more, presumably) with the appropriate case bracket (not included).

Cons: Manual in error.

Other Thoughts: Manual says to go to D:/Silicon_Image/SIL3124 (etc.).
Tech support says that's wrong. In Device Manager right click and choose Update Driver, then manually tell Windows where to look.

With the driver disc in your optical drive, show the location as D: (or whatever) only and let Windows decide what to pick and in what subfolders.

Btw, running in JBOD, so can't comment on any RAID behavior. But, the card sees my drives just fine, and so does Winders, so I'm happy. :-)

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  • Rodney T.
  • 2/11/2013 7:48:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect!

Pros: -Downloaded drivers and had them waiting
-Got card promptly from Newegg
-Installed card, added 2 separate RAID paired drives
-Booted up and pointed card to drivers, installed RAID software, rebooted
-logged on, created 2 sets of striped arrays with the software
-NEVER LOOKED BACK!!!

Been "Perfect!" ever since...

Cons: someone stupid idiot will try this card and will have some 'nightmare from hell' install experience and will bash the card, the manufacturer, and Newegg because they couldn't take a moment and ReadTheFManual!!!

Other Thoughts: 'nuff said

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  • Robert S.
  • 12/26/2012 5:21:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks well for JBOD

Pros: I purchased this card only in order to add 4 SATA ports to my system, not for RAID functionality. For that purpose, it's working well. Its Silicon Image controller causes much less delay in boot-up time than the Marvell controller used by an add-on card that I have in a similar system.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: It would be nice if Syba offered this 4-port card in an SATA III PCIE-x4 version with 3.0Gb/s speed.

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  • Jeremy H.
  • 10/31/2012 2:26:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDisappointed all around

Pros: None

Cons: Bought this after reading that it would work with Home Server 2011 with the lasted drivers, hoping to RIAD my new HDs. Updated the drivers system recognized the card and then my problems began. I rebooted and entered the RAID setup and setting up RAID it proceeded to freeze my system. Rebooted and made it to the windows logo screen and it froze there every time. Attempted to run a Windows system repair and the system froze, finally frustrated I removed the card and was able to boot with no problems. So I decide to let my friend try the card with his Windows 7 system and he experienced the same issues. Now I sitting with a useless card and if I return it I will only get about half of my money returned.

Other Thoughts: Requested an RMA from Newegg and for the first time ever I was disappointed by Newegg. They are going to charge me a fee and I had to pay return postage. Maybe I didn't selcet the right reason for RMA.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

We do apologize, but this card does not support Home Server 2011 as it is not listed as one of the supported OS in the user manual.

If you read somewhere else saying this card supports Home Server 2011, please contact us and share the information with us. We would love to verify the new (listed driver) for you, and correct false information if any.

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

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)

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

Regards, SYBA CST 11132012

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  • Daryl W.
  • 10/23/2012 3:13:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsSATA Expanded

Pros: Bought this card open box from newegg for $21. Came with all the stuff.

Got this card to expand my SATA ports and it did just that. Plugged into pci-e x1 slot. Installed drivers in Windows 7 64 and did not even have to reboot - though I did anyway.

I do not have any hard drives plugged up to this thing. I bought it to offload my 3 blu-ray drives from taking up my precious on-board 6gb/s ports so they could be used for hdds and ssds. However, I do have one hot swap bay plugged into it. All my blu-ray drives are working great. If you are wondering why I have three blu-ray burners, I am an editor so I make many dvds and blu-ray discs for clients and this gives me the ability to burn up to three discs at once.

Optical Drives are and always will be slow so to me there was no point in them using 6gb/s ports when the most they could ever use is 1.5gb/s.

The bios has a nice interface. The card itself looks nice.
Chip has a heatsink.

Cons: No achi support with current bios. No clear options to flash bios. This means that I cannot use the cd drives on this card to load windows. I would have to go into my computer and manually plug the drive into on-board sata and switch them to ide or achi to install windows. This sounds bad, but how often do I install windows? Once every three years? To me, this is a small price to pay for having 3 on-board sata ports open now.

I do not like the layout of the ports themselves on the card. I wish the ports were aligned along the rear as it makes cable management neater. Not worth an egg though.

Other Thoughts: In my opinion, it would not be smart to use this card for your boot drive or for a raid configuration. You are asking for pain. If you want to do REAL raid, then start in the $100 and up range. I have a raid 0 configuration with velociraptors using the onboard controller, but in the age of ssd, though my config is still fast by many standards, 175 mb/s sustained read and write, it just cannot compete with even a single low end ssd now in iops and latency. Gonna move into the ssd world soon and this card was my first step.
Keep your configurations simple on this card and I cant see you having any problems, but for all you super raid guys with mega complicated 0+1+5 configs - why are you being soooo cheap? What you are doing requires a $150 card. Go and get that.

asus sabertooth
amd 1090t
western digital blacks 1tb x 2
raptors x 2 in raid 0
3 lg blu ray drives
470 gtx
x-fi sound
8gb ram
corsair h100

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  • Adrian C.
  • 9/25/2012 10:21:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsdied on me after 4 month of use

Pros: Fast, easy to use card.

Cons: died on me after 4 months

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

We are sorry to hear that this card has stopped working. Please try the card in a different PCIe slot on your motherboard. Sometimes PCIe slots can go bad or experience I/O conflicts. If the card still does not work, you can rest assured we will replace it. This card is backed by a hassle free warranty which will ensure a prompt replacement. You can fill out our convenient online RMA form, or you can contact us directly for live customer service. We offer same day shipping on all of our RMA replacements as long as we have available inventory.

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

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