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SYBA SI-PEX40062 PCI-Express 2.0 x2 Low Profile Ready SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card

  • 4 x SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Connectors
  • Up to 6Gb/s
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Learn more about the Syba SI-PEX40062

Model

Brand
SYBA
Model
SI-PEX40062
Form Factor
Low Profile Ready

Specifications

Type
SATA III (6.0Gb/s)
Internal Connectors
4 x SATA 6.0Gb/s
Interface
PCI-Express 2.0 x2
Transfer Rate
Up to 6Gb/s
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 8
Windows 7
Vista
Windows XP
Server 2008
Server 2008 R2
Server 2003
Linux 2.6.x and Above (AHCI devices driver is a built-in feature)

Features

Features
Chipset: Marvell 88SE9235

Compliant with PCI-Express Specification v2.0 and Backward Compatible with PCI-Express 1x

Compliant with Serial ATA Specification 3.0

PCI-Express x2 Interface is Compatible with PCI-Express x4, x8, and x16 slots

Supports Communication Speeds of 6.0 Gbps, 3.0 Gbps, and 1.5 Gbps

Hot Plug and Hot Swap

Supports Native Command Queue (NCQ)

Supports Port Multiplier FIS Based Switching or Command Based Switching

Compatible with SATA 6G, 3G and 1.5G Hard Drives.

Packaging

Package Contents
SATA III 4-port PCI-e Version 2, x2 Slot Controller Card
Driver CD
19" SATA Cables (x2)
Low Profile Bracket
User Manual

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Anonymous
  • 7/23/2014 12:47:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat upgrade options for SSDs on a pre-SATA3 M/B

Pros: Onboard (ASUS P6X58D) Intel SATA2 and Marvell 9123 SATA3 PCIe 2.0 x1 (5Gb/s<6Gb/s, duh!) couldn't keep up with my SSD. With this Marvell 9235 card and 2 PCIe lanes (10Gb/s>6Gb/s, good!) my SSD is getting close to what I expected based on online reviews.

Cons: n/a

Other Thoughts: Probably not as fast as native Intel/AMD SATA 3 solutions, but that's not the point anyway.

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  • Scott J.
  • 7/11/2014 9:09:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmendment

Pros: Got it to WORK!!
I left a very negative review about this product simply would not work, no matter what I tried. I even went so far as to change my OS (I was planning on it anyway) in the hopes that it would function. No luck. Then I figured out the problem.
Solution: I have several sATA HDD docking stations (3), each with 2 USB ports for a total of 6. The PC was assigning them drive letters whether I had a USD drive attached or not. After a little researh, I came to the conclusion that all my physical HDD's plus the 6 USB ports had used up all available 26 drive letters, so I was unable to add anymore HDD's to my configuration. The solution was so easy that I'm embarrassed that I didn't think of it before. I simply went to disk manager (control panel>computer management>storage>disk management) and deleted all of the empty USB drives, making quite a few drive letters available for additional HDD's.

Cons: Only 4 sATA ports.

Other Thoughts: I doubt that others would need the additional internal ports unless they have a server or a RAID configuration requiring more than 2 HDD's. I, however, have accumulated ~ 15 sATA HDD's of variable sizes (from 500 GB's to 3 TB's) over the past couple of years and hate seeing them just sit on a shelf, basically wasted. So all of the disks are attached to the PC mainboard, allowing me to setup a RAID configuration.
On a side note, 9 of the HDD's are internal. Most cases/MB's only allow for 5 or 6 internal sATA ports/slots to install drives, making it impossible to install more than 5 to 6 internal drives. I overcame that issue via the Cooler Master HAF Stacker 925 case.It's a modular case design (quite brilliant in fact) which allows for additional HDD storage by stacking a 915F module (had room for 9 physical HDD's. My setup includes two 915F modules, one on top of the 925 and one below. My liquid cooling unit fits beautifully int he the upper 915F module as well as 3 additional fans. The lower 915F gives me up to 9 additional internal HDD mounts, making the need for external docking station obsolete. Now I just need to find a way to attach additional drives to the MB beyond the 4 that this card allows for, otherwise I'll just buy another sATA controller card.

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  • Julian S.
  • 7/4/2014 8:26:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsWorks as advertised

Pros: PCIE 2.0, 2x lanes

Cons: None yet.

Other Thoughts: Using this card in an asus p8z77v deluxe board. This board has additional sata ports powered by an ASmedia chipset and a marvel 9128 controller. Both support raid function but are configured for AHCI.

No conflicts getting the system to post and boot with the above controllers enabled. Perhaps this card (92xx chipset) works just fine with the 91xx chipset but not with other marvel products. Maybe card placement plays a role. This board doesn't have any x4 slots only so it went into the x16 slot (black which runs at x4 mode) .

Driver installation was trouble free - I did not use the included mini disc, instead downloaded drivers directly from syba.

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  • Scott J.
  • 7/1/2014 8:57:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBuyer Beware - Garbage

Pros: None.

Cons: First off, my MB could not recognize the card at all. The driver installation is not straight forward what so ever.
Secondly, it crashed one ASUS Sabertooth 990RX R2.0 MB by disabling/causing on-board sATA ports to fail one by one until the BIOS could not detect and HDD connected to it. RMA'd the MB and got a replacement. So far the MB is working perfectly but still can not see the expansion card. I'm sending it back for a full refund & will never buy another product from Syba (or Iocrest) again. I guess you get what you paid for, as it was the low price that attracted me to this card initially. I would give it no eggs if that were an option.

Other Thoughts: Basically a piece of junk. I've read all the reviews posted here on NewEgg and only a few of them were positive (they actually got the card to work out of the box w/o any problems. However, the majority of reviews were negative, leading me to the conclusion that the manufacture of these cards is not very consistent (quality-wise) and the cards are not subject to any sort of "Quality Control" process. Well here's one more negative review by a very unsatisfied customer!
As I stated above, the installation/manual that comes w/the card is virtually as useless as the driver CD itself. No setup.exe file at all, just a list of about 10 different sub-manufacturers of different cards. Had to download the online manual just to figure out which folder to go into.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

We are sorry to hear about the issues you have been experiencing with this card.

Perhaps there was a compatibility issue between the onboard controller of your motherboard and the card.

Update the motherboard/BIOS and, ensure that any system updates have been applied.

You could also contact our support team for additional help if you do not understand how to

install the device or its drivers.

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 07082014

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  • Sheri H.
  • 5/7/2014 6:06:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent

Pros: The card is inexpensive. The low profile portion helps when you want to build your own form factor NAS. Was able to install pretty easily on Windows.

Performance was fine for what I was expecting.

Cons: Had issues installing this with FreeNAS.

Other Thoughts: It's an okay card especially for the price point.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

We are sorry for the inconvenience that this RAID card has caused you.

Please note that there are no specific drivers for this device within a FreeNAS environment.

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 05092014

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/17/2014 7:36:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsCompatibility Concerns

Pros: PCIe x2 connector. 4x SATA3 connectors. Both normal and low profile mounting brackets. Nothing to configure on the card.

Cons: Completely incompatible with a Supermicro motherboard that contains an embedded Marvell SATA BIOS. I tried numerous settings in the system BIOS and had success ranging from full system lockup during BIOS loading, to card being visible in the system...and that is before attaching any HDD to the controller. Once I attached any, even just 1 HDD to this controller in that system I could not boot at all.

Why should attaching a HDD make a system previously booting into a system that locks up? I haven't figured it out yet, but I have tested all drives and all removable parts of the system, and they all test fine. I think the issue rests with Marvell, not Syba (who is probably building this card from a Marvell "reference" design).

Other Thoughts: I did test this card in another system that did not contain any Marvell SATA BIOS. Just as I expected, no problems booting that system with or without HDD attached to this controller. The motherboard in this alternate case is also from Supermicro.

One more thought: it's not worth the hassle for me to RMA this card.
I would buy this card again, but only for systems that do not have an embedded Marvell SATA BIOS and do not have any other add-in SATA controllers containing Marvell SATA BIOS.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

We are sorry to hear that you had trouble using this card in your system.

While there have been some minor incompatibility issues between Marvell devices before this is

new for us.

If possible please contact Syba support so that we may help test and, determine how this issue

may be resolved.

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.

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  • Olivier S.
  • 2/13/2014 12:00:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad chipset: won't work with IOMMU

Pros: - 4 ports SATA III
- 2 lanes PCIe 2.0
- low cost

Cons: - defective chipset: unable to work with IOMMU

Other Thoughts: This card looks good on paper, good price and good features. Unfortunately it just doesn't work for me as the chipset is incompatible with IOMMU.

My advice is just not to buy until the problem is solved.

PS: I am running Ubuntu 13.04, the drivers are present, but it will timeout trying to detect the HDD because of the IOMMU blocking the malformed requests from the chipset.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Please note that this is a chipset limitation and that there is not much support for Ubuntu.

While the IOCREST chipset is reliable for many other OS it may be some time before the chipset drivers are made compatible with Linux systems.

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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  • Chad R.
  • 1/15/2014 7:52:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Seems to work as advertised. Can't speak as to Raid functionality since I don't use it for that.

Cons: None so far

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  • R M.
  • 9/30/2013 8:59:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Add-on SATA III Card

Pros: Over 500MB/sec. Sequential Read/Write speeds for SSD.

2 x Lanes of bandwidth for 1000MB/sec. max. bandwidth.

Works in PCI-e 2.0 x4 slot.

This 92xx generation of Marvell chipsets fully support stable, reliable SATA III performance.

Cons: Works with some versions of Linux but not with others, so check first!

Other Thoughts: If you want full SATA III speed for your SSD this is a simple, inexpensive option.

Install card plus any needed drivers.
Re-boot computer and make sure card is fully recognized in Windows Device Manager.
After that, you can shutdown and then connect your boot drive.
Then power on and go into BIOS. Be sure to select the card as the First Boot device then Save & Exit.
Computer will re-boot and should then boot normally to your boot drive which you attached to the card.

Connect up to 4 drives and get excellent results for the price (since you never use all drives at once).

Works great with SATA II motherboards to upgrade speed to SATA III.

If you want to set up RAID or create a fast Hybrid Drive (SSD + a regular HDD combo) spend a few dollars more and get the model SD-PEX40054. It's SSD caching and basic RAID setups both work well.

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  • Richard H.
  • 8/21/2013 8:08:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDefective chipset

Pros: Low cost.

Cons: The underlying chipset for this family is defective. After a large amount of research, I finally figured out that the 9xxx series of marvell chipset incorrectly handles DMA transfers (bad addressing), which makes it unusable on modern Linux machines (anything with an IOMMU, like 990FX, etc). Basically, the IOMMU hardware correctly denies the invalid transfer request.

Other Thoughts: Manufacturer provides no Linux support, troubleshooting etc, but still claims product support. Support will be a big waste of your time (even asking simple things like a configuration it's known to work under). Beware. Recent work is being done to develop a software workaround, but that is targetting patches for 3.6.11, and still not yet functional. In another month or two, support might be available via a bleeding-edge patched custom kernel, but mainstream kernel support is ways off.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

We apologize the inconvenience our product has caused.

Marvell chipsets currently do not seem to fully support latest versions of Linux distributions.

Our engineers will look into this matter. If there is any update on this issue, we will add it our website.

Thank you for leaving us your valuable feedback.

Regards, SYBA CST 08232013

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