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SYBA SD-PEX40054 PCI-Express 2.0 x4 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) HyperDuo 4-port RAID Controller Card

  • RAID 0/1/10 JBOD
  • 4 x SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Connectors
  • Up to 6Gb/s
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Learn more about the Syba SD-PEX40054

Model

Brand
SYBA
Model
SD-PEX40054

Specifications

Type
SATA III (6.0Gb/s)
Internal Connectors
4 x SATA 6.0Gb/s
Interface
PCI-Express 2.0 x4
Transfer Rate
Up to 6Gb/s
RAID
RAID 0/1/10 JBOD
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 7 (32/64 bit)
Vista (32/64 bit)
Windows XP (32/64 bit)
Server 2008
Server 2008 R2
Server 2003 (32/64 bit)

Features

Features
*SY-PEX40054 has a total of 6 SATA 10Gbps ports, BUT the two external ports are shared. So only 4 ports can be used simultaneously at one time.

Based on Marvell 88SE9230 Chipset

2-lane PCI-Express 2.0 Interface Supports Communication Bandwidth up to 10.0Gbps

Compliant with PCI-Express 2.0 Base Specification

Unique Hard Drive Activity LED Indicator Circuit Design: The LED Blinks for Read/Write Activity

Serial-ATA Interface:
Bootable
Changeable SATA 6.0Gbps Ports (Internally, Externally or Their Combination)
Up to 4 SATA Devices with Point-to-point Connectivity
Compliant with Serial-ATA Specification 3.0
Supports Hardware RAID 0, 1, 10 and JBOD
HyperDuo Mode Supports Safe Mode (Mirrored Protection) and Capacity Mode (Cost-Optimized) to Build a System with SSD and HDD Hybrid
Supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
FIS Based Port Multiplier
Supports SATA Port Hot-plug
Supports AHCI

Marvell HyperDuo technology combines solid state drive (SSD) speed and SATA HD capacity in a way it forms an ultimate high performance, cost effective and large storage system.

Packaging

Package Contents
PCI-e SATA RAID Controller Card
Driver CD
User Manual
LED Cable (12")

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Paul H.
  • 7/8/2014 9:08:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsso far so good

Pros: so far so good - it works as port multiplier to upgrade older hardware from SATA 2 to SATA 3 on a P55 main board. I used EaseUS PM to upgrade/migrate my system disk to a SSD. Attached the SSD to the PEX40054, set the BIOS to boot to the SSD and voila - I'm up and running - no BSOD so far. In the Marvell BIOS utility, it shows the SSD as SATA 6.0Gbps, AHCI, 48 LBA, TRIM which I can only assume means the Marvell chip will pass OS trim commands to the SSD. The newest version of Samsung Magician (4.4) recognizes SSDs on Marvell chips so I have optimized the SSD using SM. For now I'm happy with my current setup and will use the extra ports in ESATA mode. Oh BTW, the drivers on the CD are old - download the latest from the SYBA site.

Cons: Couldn't get the Marvell software utility to work in Windows. As soon as it launched - BSOD, so there are some major conflict/bugs with that software. That could be a minor problem for someone wanting to use RAID on this chip, although one can still configure it in the BIOS. BTW the Intel RST software works beautifully.

Other Thoughts: RAID? I have no idea whether the Hyper-Duo feature or RAID works. The SSDs are fast enough without setting them up in a RAID. So far the Intel RAIDs are the only consumer level chips that pass TRIM commands. Samsung Magician does not recognize its SSDs in RAID so you miss out on the optimizations provided by SM.I've I've seen the video of the blindingly fast 24 SSD RAID 0, but they used high end RAID chips for that experiment. BTW, the EaseUS PM software works great to migrate system disks to new HDD/SSD! Will write an update after using this setup for a few months - unless something negative happens first.

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  • Dean M.
  • 4/7/2014 7:41:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks with One Portmultiplier Too!

Pros: Great add-on for HyperDuo enhancement of Hard Drive speed by pairing with SSD card. PLUS, I can use ONE port multiplier device connected too, which I am doing with an external port multiplier enabled 4 hard drive case ... just use one external eSata cable for 4 hard drives. Can use this external storage to move from computer to computer that has a multiport connection.

Cons: Not really a con, but the chipset only supports ONE port multiplier device in total per card that is connected to any ONE of the 4 ports on the card. So, you would need 2 cards to do 2 port multiplier devices... not many motherboads support that but some with dual video, extra pcie2 x2 slots, or server boards do that.

Other Thoughts: For what it does this is a good upgrade for older computers to increase the speed of your Hard Drive w/SSD Duo Mode. It's plenty fast enough unless you need some high-end gaming "latest" system. A plus to add FAST SATA3 external storage too!

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  • Paul T.
  • 4/2/2014 8:01:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood but...

Pros: Easy to use interface, works fine in raid 10, cheap.

Cons: Takes forever to rebuild a failed disk, doesn't like rebuilding encrypted disks.

Other Thoughts: Using a raid 10 with four 4tb Seagate drives. Recently started to encrypt the array. One of the drives failed or lost its partition data and as such the array became degraded. Tried to rebuild and it kept failing, past rebuilds have taken forever which is typical. I'm probably going to get a card that does raid 6 since my array is limping right now. I may use this card in my main desktop to raid 4 SSDs together. Otherwise I wouldn't use it for a serious application.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

We are sorry to hear about the problems you have been having with this RAID card.

Please note that when using drives larger than 1TB degraded arrays may not rebuild properly.

We advise users to build a new array if the previous array has begun to degrade.

For any other help please contact Syba support.

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

Please feel free to contact us @ sybausa.com if you require further assistance.

-Regards SYBA CST 04082014

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  • R M.
  • 3/12/2014 4:52:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLost "Ownership" of Ripped Music

Pros: If you lose access, sharing, or ownership of your ripped CDs after installing an add-on controller card such as this one, see the solution below in "Other Thoughts".

Offers hardware RAID at bargain basement price plus SATA III speed.

Cons: SATA ports/sockets are a bit delicate so be careful when plugging or unplugging SATA cables.

Other Thoughts: Originally our boot drive and secondary data drives were all connected to motherboard SATA II ports. Our CD collection was ripped to one of the secondary drives. We added this SATA III controller card and connected our boot drive to it. All was well except we had problems accessing some of the music; an error message said we didn't have ownership of the music files/folders. Trying to "take ownership" also was hit and miss for some reason. If you have experienced similar problems make you connect both drives to the same controller. In other words, connect both drives to the motherboard or connect bot to the add-on card. That way they will belong to each other, so to speak.

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  • Daniel M.
  • 2/21/2014 8:56:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks fine with the correct driver

Pros: Cheep

Cons: Hard to install in Windows 7. Needed to go to http://sybausa.com/resource/SD-PEX40054/92XX.zip to get the right driver.

Other Thoughts: Navigating to the exact inf file (mv91xx.inf) in the "have disk" method of updating the diver, seemed to have done the trick. Movie play back is good and copy times are in the 150MB/sec range.

You can not let Windows "find the driver" even if you tell it to look in the 92xx folder. Here are the instructions that worked:

Navigate to Device Manager.

In the IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers sections, find "Standard SATA AHCI Controller"

Right-click and Update Driver Software.

Select: Browse my computer for driver software.
Select: Let me pick from list of device drivers on my computer.
Check in: Show compatible hardware.

Click Standard SATA AHCI Controller
Click Have Disk button
Click Browse, navigate to Driver Windows files:
88SE9230 > Windows > miniport > (Select BIt version; AMD64 = Windows 64bit and i386 = Windows 32bit) > mv91xx.inf ; click next

Window will prompt that the driver has no digital signature, Select: 'Install these drivers anyway'

Drivers should be installed.

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  • Daniel M.
  • 2/17/2014 9:56:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsdoes not work well as a striped RAID controller

Pros: cheep

Cons: I just bought this card from new egg and installed it in my Win 7 media PC. I took care to make sure the marvel drivers were installed but the performance is poor. I have a 3 ghz i3 processor, 8 GB ram and the card installed in a 4x ePCI slot. With 2 7200 rpm 1tb Barracuda drives striped. Read write times are slower than to an external USB drive. 10 mb/sec vs 60.

Other Thoughts: The CD with drivers was bad and I had to download them from http://www.sybausa.com/productInfo.php?iid=1304. The documentation and box did not have any Syba branding so it was a bit of a hunt to find the drivers on line. Of cource Windows tried to use its own driver that needs to be updated in the device manager.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Perhaps the drivers need to be installed manually.

Also check to see if the motherboard/BIOS is up-to-date and that any system updates have been applied.

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

Please feel free to contact us @ sybausa.com if you require further assistance.

Regards SYBA CST 02242014

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  • Sing L.
  • 2/15/2014 7:19:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsRaid 0 does not normally decrease write speed

Pros: Other thoughts.

Cons: Other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: Regarding the manufacturer response for Lloyd L. on 12/4/2013, "Raid 0" does not normally decrease write speed. A quick search on Google or Wikipedia states:

RAID 0
RAID 0 comprises striping (but no parity or mirroring). This level provides no data redundancy nor fault tolerance, but improves performance through parallelism of read and write operations across multiple drives. RAID 0 has no error detection mechanism, so the failure of one disk causes the loss of all data on the array.


Please get your facts straight before defending your possibly faulty product

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

When using a RAID 0 the write speed for the raid is done in parallel with all the drives

connected. A single drive that normally gets 500k write speed will be reduced to 250k write speed

in a RAID 0 with one additional drive. This increases performance since the data is written

simultaneously to each drive but does not increase the write speed for each drive.

RAID 0 does not decrease the overall write speed for the drives it only divides it for each

evenly connected drive. So a RAID 0 will decrease write speeds for each individual drive.

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

Please feel free to contact us @ sybausa.com if you require further assistance.

Regards SYBA CST 02242014

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  • Lloyd L.
  • 12/4/2013 3:21:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot sure what's wrong with Raid 0

Pros: Great speed for a single drive when plugged because of PCIe2.0. I was getting around 400MB/s. External ports are a plus.

Cons: Very poor performance in Raid 0. It was worse than a single drive.

Also the tiny heatsink on the Marvell chip gets very hot, even in idle. I tore it off and put on a larger heatsink that I had left over from a VGA cooler. (if you do this, make sure it doesn't touch any of the capacitors adjacent to the chip as they stick up higher)

Other Thoughts: I connected two Samsung 830's and set up Raid 0 expecting to get about 800MB/s, or double the speed of a single drive I was getting on the same controller. However the speed in Raid 0 was only around 200-300MB/s. Single drive was around 400MB/s. The same SSD's on my motherboard intel raid will get over 1000 MB/s (z77 chipset)

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Using RAID normally decreases write speeds because you are combining a group of hard drives into 1 partition making writing data be distributed to all the drives in the array which takes longer than working with one hard drive.

You also want to make sure you are using the latest Marvell driver. It can be downloaded from our website.

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

Regards, SYBA CST 12182013

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  • R M.
  • 12/4/2013 12:50:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBeware of Locking SATA Cables!

Pros: SATA III SSD can reach Sequential Read speeds of over 500MB/sec. when connected to this card.

Excellent features for the price: Selectable to use 4 internal ports or 2 internal + 2 external ports.

SSD-caching allows use of small or large capacity SSD plus any HDD to form a fast Hybrid Drive (called Hyper-Duo) if desired.

Cons: SATA connectors on card are not industrial strength so be careful when unplugging a SATA cable.

Other Thoughts: Older SATA cables plug in without snapping or locking into place. Newer SATA cables have locking connectors. Be sure to squeeze the release catch before unplugging the cable. If you forget and just tug on the cable you may break the SATA port on the card. C'mon guys, it's a small inexpensive card so treat it with care. The performance is very good!

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  • Jeffrey S.
  • 11/2/2013 8:48:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsInternal RAID 0 - awesome

Pros: I have this card installed in my Windows 7 x64 box with 2x 7200 rpm Seagate 2tb drives connected in a RAID 0 array. Performance and stability have been excellent. I am getting 350 MB/sec throughput on the array. Works great for 1080p/60fps video editing and 3d animation!

Cons: none

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