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Item#: N82E16816124062

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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  • Benjamin C.
  • 12/26/2014 6:31:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFollowup to 12/22/14 review

Pros: .

Cons: This is a response to the vendor's comments on my 12/22/14 review.

All BIOS, BMC, Windows, and other software is current and up to date.

The Syba drivers may be "verified as stable with Windows OS" as the vendor offers in its reply, but they still appear to be buggy. I have offered under separate cover to provide a test program which demonstrates the bug. To date, the vendor has not accepted the offer.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

We apologize for the issues you have experienced with this controller card.

Tests completed with this card by our engineers and others users have shown no issues with the drivers distributed for use with this card.

Please check that you do not have any conflicting software with this card.

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)

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

-Regards SYBA CST 01232015

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  • Benjamin C.
  • 12/22/2014 5:19:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWindows Drivers Buggy

Pros: I suppose you get what you pay for. This is a very inexpensive SATA controller.

Cons: This card (and perhaps the rest of the Syba family of PCIe SATA controllers) is to be avoided for Windows.

Based on my experience, the card itself is solid but the Windows drivers from Syba are apparently buggy, rendering it unusable for Windows (if you care about the integrity of your data). I would be interested in contrary experiences.

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Here’s my analysis:

Relevant components: this card; RED NAS 3TB drives; Supermicro Rangeley MB. Note that drives are always spun up before the start of testing, so this isn’t an issue with spun down drives not responding.

While working in Windows 7 I noticed that occasionally one or more drives attached to this controller would disappear and I’d have to reboot or even reset the PC to get them back. Further investigation revealed that I could make this happen almost at will by using a trivial C program that writes 32 gigabytes of data to a drive (or drives in a Windows software RAID0) on this controller.

I tried this with Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 with NTFS and ReFS, with and without Storage Spaces, and with and without integrity streams. Same failure all around.

From the above I conclude this isn’t specific to a variant of Windows, a particular filesystem, or software RAID.

If I try the same thing in FreeBSD 9.3 it is rock solid, even after hours of testing.

From this I conclude my PC is sound, the card is sound, the FreeBSD driver is sound.

I switched out this controller for a HighPoint 2720. Ran all the same Windows tests – no problems at all.

So it would appear the Syba Windows drivers are buggy.

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There is also a physical problem with this card. The full size bracket that comes with this card is about 3 millimeters taller than other cards I’ve worked with so you may need some adjustment to get it s c r e w e d (the censor software didn't like that word) in –I added washers between the bracket and the case to close the gap.

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Needless to say I’ll be returning this item shortly.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

We apologize for your dissatisfaction with the quality of this controller card.

Please note that the drivers for this card have been verified as stable with Windows OS.

Windows is the only supported platform for Marvell chipsets which is why one is used in this controller.

We would suggest that you update your motherboard/BIOS, and ensure that any system updates have been applied.

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

-Regards SYBA CST 12262014

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  • natale c.
  • 12/2/2014 5:20:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggssomething wron

Pros: none

Cons: this is supposed to be a PCIE 2.0 car yet will not fit in my asus TUF z87 PCIE 2.0 slot. the cut outs are too big

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

We apologize for your dissatisfaction with the quality of this controller card.

Please note that this is a PCIe x2 controller card, not a PCIe x1 controller card which you may be referring to.

Our tech support team is more than happy to provide any information you may need when determining the compatibility and specification of a device.

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

-Regards SYBA CST 12032014

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  • Fred R.
  • 11/6/2014 12:58:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWorks, but not for fast drives

Pros: Cheap and low profile.

Cons: 300 MBytes / sec is fastest throughput I could get. SSDs go 510+ MBytes / sec directly connected to the MotherBoard.

Other Thoughts: Great for adding a few old hard drives to your system, or upgrading a very old PC to SATA.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

We apologize for your dissatisfaction with the quality of this controller card.

Please check that your motherboard has the proper specifications to house this card.

Also check that your motherboard/BIOS is up-to-date, and that any system updates have been applied.

Ensure that you have installed the latest drivers which can be downloaded from our website.

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

-Regards SYBA CST11252014

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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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  • Anne 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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  • J 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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  • Anne 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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