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Item#: N82E16816124038

SYBA SD-PEX40031 PCI-Express 2.0 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) / 2 Power-over-eSATA II Controller Card

  • RAID 0/1/5/10
  • 2 x SATA II Internal Connectors
  • 2 x eSATA External Connectors
  • Up to 3Gb/s
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Learn more about the Syba SD-PEX40031

Model

Brand
SYBA
Model
SD-PEX40031

Specifications

Type
SATA II (3.0Gb/s)
External Connectors
2 x eSATA
Internal Connectors
2 x SATA II
Interface
PCI-Express 2.0
Transfer Rate
Up to 3Gb/s
RAID
RAID 0/1/5/10
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 7 32-bit/64-bit
Vista 32-bit/64-bit
Windows XP 32-bit/64-bit
Windows 2000
Windows ME
Windows 98SE
Server 2003
Server 2008
Mac OSX

Features

Features
Chipset: Pericom PI7C9X111 + Silicone Image Sil3124.

Power-over-eSATA (eSATA/USB) Interface.

Combination of eSATA and USB in Each Port.

Fully Compatible with Regular eSATA Cable, USB A-Type Cable and Power-over-eSATA Cable.

USB 2.0 Host Port Functionality Extended from the Motherboard USB Pin Header.

Supplies DC +5V Power to the Power-over-eSATA or USB Device.

Floppy-style 4-pin Power Connector to Obtain Extra DC +5V Power from the Desktop PC Internal Power Supply Unit. Can Drive High Power Power-over-eSATA/USB Devices.

SATA Interface:
Complies with Serial-ATA (SATA) 1.0a Specification.
Supports SATA-II with Transfer Rate up to 3.0Gbps.
Supports SATA AHCI Specification Rev. 1.0.
Supports Hard Disks with NCQ Feature.
Supports SATA Port Multiplier.

USB Interface:
Directly Connects to the Motherboard USB Pin Header
Complies with USB Revision 2.0

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
Lifetime limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Josh B.
  • 4/14/2012 2:27:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsNice card

Pros: 4 channel sata card via pcie

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: I didn't get mine from newegg so I was missing the USB header cable and low profile bracket. Anybody out there want to part with one or both?

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  • Dan O.
  • 9/5/2011 9:11:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsCan be useful or junk depending on your system setup...

Pros: If you aren't using the raid features built into your motherboard, then this card works fine and will give you extra SATA and eSATA ports. If that's your only goal, then go for it I suppose. Although you can probably find something cheaper that will handle those requirements as well.

Cons: If you ARE using the raid feature built into your motherboard... throw this away because nothing you attach to it will be recognized by the system anyway.

You will however get this awesome engrish error message on every boot:"Warning: Have Option ROM can not be invoke..."

Other Thoughts: On my initial Windows Home Server (v1) build, I didn't require RAID because WHS took care of that automatically via Drive Extender. I did however need extra SATA ports... I had 5 HDDs and 2 optical drives in the system but only 6 SATA ports on the MB. I bought this PCI-E SATA card to get the additional port required, and it worked as expected for that period of time.

Then came my upgrade to WHS 2011. Using the exact same hardware setup as before, but now enabling hardware RAID 5 on the motherboard (WHS 2011 does not include Drive Extender to offset the RAID requirements)... *ANY* component plugged into this SATA card will give the error message mentioned in CONS and will not be recognized by the system. I tried both of the optical drives and the primary boot drive (non-raided 5th hdd) in various combinations with the same results.

End result - this card is sitting on a table instead of in my machine, and I have ordered an external enclosure for my 2nd optical drive. Meh.

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  • Warren B.
  • 4/13/2011 10:06:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsProblems with port multiplier

Pros: Powered eSATA connectors (but I did not try them).
Works well with single eSATA drive enclosure or single drive in multiple drive enclosure.
Extra drive activity light useful - if you have a spare light on your case.

Cons: Problems with Mediasonic HF2-SU2S2 eSATA enclosure when used with more than one drive (port multiplier).
I don't see others having this problem, so it may be limited to my sample or my setup - see other thoughts below.
I did not try either power setup, but the +5 V 'viper' USB power scheme seems hokey - why use up a USB port when you have a floppy connector free?

Other Thoughts: I bought this to work with a Mediasonic HF2-SU2S2 4-drive encl. and had nothing but problems with it in port multiplier mode.
I used the included SATA RAID software to setup several different RAID configurations - parity, mirror, striped (their terms - I assume these were RAID5, RAID0 and RAID1). The arrays initialized OK but writing/reading caused the system to become unresponsive with CPU use at 100% (all 4 cores on an i7 920!). Writing went in bursts - four seconds lockup, brief access, lockup, access, etc. Had to use Vulcan-nerve-block (alt-ctrl-del) to get control of system. Windows Disk Management tools had similar results.
The unit works fine with a single drive in either the Mediasonic HF2-SU2S2 enclosure or an Antec eSATA enclosure; it's just the port multiplier function that causes the problem.
The Mediasonic HF2-SU2S2 works fine with the onboard eSATA system of my motherboard - which uses the same chip (Sil3124) - so it's not the enclosure, it's the SYBA card.

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  • D. A.
  • 1/20/2011 10:39:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot for use with 3.5" HDDs

Pros: It works with 2.5" HDDs because they only require a 5V power source. It uses a USB jumper from the motherboard to obtain this power.

Cons: It will not work with 3.5" HDDs. It does not support 12V power even though it has a place to connect the 12V floppy drive power cable. I bought this card due to the ratings. Nothing in the listing tells you that it will not work with 12V power. Not even in the pamphlet that comes with the card. I spent a lot of time tring to figure this out. I finally hooked up a 2.5 HDD that I had and it worked fine.

Other Thoughts: I RMA'd this and got the GWC Add-On Card Model PZ2921 Item #N82E16815296002. I am using the eSATAp to SATA HDD+Power 22-pin Female cable item #N82E16816104013 to connect 3.5" HDDs to my computer without having to open the case and disconnect another HDD. It works great. I looks just like the Koutech IO-PESU220 card Item #N82E16816104012 except this one comes with an extra cable that allows you to connect it to an external HDD enclosure without the power source. Just plug it into your PCI Express slot on the motherboard, connect an extra floppy drive power cable for 12V power and connect it to an extra USB jumper from the motherboard for USB connectivity and 5V power. Install the enclosed drivers and it works I have one on a Vista machine and one on a Win7 machine.

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  • Cameron J.
  • 1/3/2011 6:37:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDoes exactly what I need it to.

Pros: Purchased this device as I needed eSATA ports as well as one extra internal port, and it does these functions extremely well. The card also supports eSATA port multiplier and RAID which are both very useful to me as the external enclosure that I was using requires both of these features to work. I also like that you can RAID the internal and external ports.

Cons: Read / Write speeds are about 5 - 10 MBps less then directly attaching the drive to the motherboard, but for the price I am completely ok with that. (Average using WD20EARS was 115MBps read and 105MBps write)

Other Thoughts: After having great success at home with my main desktop I started dropping these in every system I needed some extra space or eSATA in. So far I have tested Windows Server 2003 (32 and 64), 2003 R2 64, 2008 64, 2008 R2 64, and Windows 7 64, and have had no issues with any of these OSes. The card is also recognized by VMware ESXi (4.1 x64 is what I tested with).

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/12/2010 7:40:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEarly days yet.....

Pros: Inexpensive, easy setup ( if you plan). Works in Win7U_x64.
Use drivers from Siliconimage site, even the pamphlet says so.

Cons: The pamphlet that is the manual and the very tiny print for the very tired old eyes. DHL shipping. Not sure about USB power setup I did not use but may be handy for others.

Other Thoughts: Using all 4 ports,
1 ext= Sans Digital with 4xJBOD,
2 ext= Masscool thingy with USB and eSata and
2 int= 300GB Refurb raptors x2 in RAID0 (place noose over head).
So far so good, 600GB stripe is for VM images. Tested VM Image loads while coping DB files from Sans Digital box. HP Tune Pro 4.6 reports temp as(19c) for stripe. Boot drive, bare 75GB raptor sandwiched between Striped drives in 3 drive cage reports as 30c, not sure about this.
HD Tune Pro: SiImage Benchmark

Test capacity: full

Read transfer rate
Transfer Rate Minimum : 100.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum : 139.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average : 125.4 MB/s
Access Time : 7.41 ms
Burst Rate : 128.3 MB/s
CPU Usage : 16.5%

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  • Robert A.
  • 9/19/2010 1:57:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsReally wanted it to work...

Pros: This card has a nice set of features that would have been nice to take advantage of.

Cons: I could not fresh install Win7 64bit in RAID 0 using this card, even with the latest SI driver (and bios) for Win7 64bit. Win7 simply doesn't see the drive, even if I ignore driver certification. The only way it will see the drives under 64bit is if I install the 32bit drivers, in which case Win7 BSOD's on every start up after installing files. Safe mode, command prompt, etc modes will not work either.

However, it does work in 64bit as an add on card, Win7 even takes the new drivers without a problem. Perhaps more of a Win7 problem, but this card persists with other issues...

Under Win7 32bit it will work (as advertised on the box,) but performance is less than with on board RAID under identical conditions, almost 20mb/s slower on avg.

I gave up and decided to go with on board for a fresh install of Win 7 64bit. Ironic how I chose a RAID card for Win7 in hopes of avoiding hassles RAIDing an older chipset in Win7 (SB700), but the install went without a hitch.

Cont...

Other Thoughts: And didn't even require additional drivers. My SB850 install wasn't even this trouble free.

I was also relieved to see that performance is much better with the on board (avg 167mb/s, little slower than in XP32bit though..)

I still give the card 4 stars, because obviously it does work as Syba advertises (Win 7 32bit only) and it CAN work under 64bit, just not as the primary disk.

If it worked for what I needed it, would have been a 5 star easily.

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  • Marius P.
  • 9/3/2010 2:13:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsa welcome change

Pros: I don't actually own the card but I think this is the product we were expecting for a long time. This card has the Pericom chip that translates the PCI-X signals of the Silicon Image 3124 chipset to the pci express port. This configuration is met olso on the OCZ Revo Drive, see the review on anandtech.com. The Silicon Image chipset are not bad, especially the 3124 or the 3132. I have one Syba card with the 3132 on pci express, and had a RAID0 from 2 Seagate 500GB models, 7200.12 and tested with HD Tune 2.55 the max read speed never jumped 140MB/s despite the fact that a single HDD peaks at around 130MB/s and the theoretical output of the pci express 1x port is at 250MB/s. So i think this is the product we are waiting for. Too bad Syba is not showing the card themselves so we can have an ideea of what to expect. As a side note, the same 2 drives jumped a little over 250MB/s when raided in raid0 on a LSI SAS 3041E-R PCI express X4, but this is a different class of a controller.

Cons: .

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  • Marius P.
  • 9/3/2010 2:01:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsa welcome change

Pros: I don't actually own the card but I think this is the product we were expecting for a long time. This card has the Pericom chip that translates the PCI-X signals of the Silicon Image 3124 chipset to the pci express port. This configuration is met olso on the OCZ Revo Drive, see the review on anandtech.com. The Silicon Image chipset are not bad, especially the 3124 or the 3132. I have one Syba card with the 3132 on pci express, and had a RAID0 from 2 Seagate 500GB models, 7200.12 and tested with HD Tune 2.55 the max read speed never jumped 140MB/s despite the fact that a single HDD peaks at around 130MB/s and the theoretical output of the pci express 1x port is at 250MB/s. So i think this is the product we are waiting for. Too bad Syba is not showing the card themselves so we can have an ideea of what to expect. As a side note, the same 2 drives jumped a little over 250MB/s when raided in raid0 on a LSI SAS 3041E-R PCI express X4, but this is a different class of a controller.

Cons: .

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