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SYBA SI-PEX40071 8 Internal SATA III Ports PCI-Express Card, PCI-e x2 Slot, Specification V2.0 Plus Low Profile Bracket

  • Non-RAID controller
  • 8 x SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Connectors
  • Up to 6Gb/s
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Learn more about the Syba SI-PEX40071

Model

Brand
SYBA
Model
SI-PEX40071
Form Factor
Low Profile Ready

Specifications

Type
SATA III (6.0Gb/s)
Internal Connectors
8 x SATA 6.0Gb/s
Interface
PCI-Express 2.0 x2
Transfer Rate
Up to 6Gb/s
RAID
Non-RAID controller
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 8/ Windows 7/ Vista/ Windows XP
Server 2003/ Server 2008 R2
Linux 2.6x and above
Mac OS 10.x

Features

Features
Compliant with PCI-E Specification v2.0 and backward compatible with PCI-E v1.x

Compliant with SATA Specification 3.0

PCI Express x2 Interface, and 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

Packaging

Package Contents
1 x SATA III (6Gbps) 8-port PCI-Express Controller Card
1 x User Manual
4 x SATA Cables (16")
1 x Driver CD
1 x Low Profile Bracket

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Anonymous
  • 1/31/2015 8:02:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsinaccessible Marvell BIOS

Pros: none.

Cons: The manual states one must enter "Marvell BIOS Setup" in order to create a RAID array. It states the boot screen will display similar to "Press <CTRL>+<M> to enter BIOS Setup or <Space> to continue"

My boot screen simply displays "Press <Space to continue". Attempting to press CTRL M at that time does not open the Marvell BIOS and even if it did the boot screen only shows 4 out of the 5 connected drives. All jumps are set to "1-2" but that hardly matters as I can't enter the Marvell BIOS screen anyway.

Though I don't believe it makes a difference at this point, I've installed the latest Marvell drivers and nothing changed. I'd attach an image of the boot screen but this interface doesn't appear to be capable of that.

If I can't enter the Marvell BIOS, I can't create a RAID array. If I can't create a RAID array, this product is essentially a paperweight. Though it's not even a good paperweight because it's too light.

Manufacturer Response:

We apologize for your dissatisfaction with the this controller.

Please note that this device is not a RAID controller nor is it advertised with RAID capabilities.

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

Our tech support team may also assist you with installing and configuring this device for your system.

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

-Regards SYBA CST 02272015

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  • Igor S.
  • 8/8/2014 10:20:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAlmost works

Pros: good price; number of ports

Cons: reproducibly produces kernel panic under load

Other Thoughts: 1. Arrived promptly as always from newegg
2. Look good, package nice
3. Installed, attached 5 disk drices, recognized by OS (Ubuntu 14,04.1LTS 3.13.0-32-generic kernel), see all of them in OS (do not see some on BIOS post, but that iss ok).
4. Hot swap works as advertized.
5. Created zpool succesfully, 5x2T WD Green
6. Attempt to rsync ~1/2T of data; kernel panic after ~20G; reset; repeated this 5 times, reliably produces kernel panic under load in few min.
7. Removed card; replaced with old SATA I controller, same disks attached,
8. Now it works, did same rsync twice, no problem (but slow as expected).

Conclusion - good card but not for me.

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  • Patrick P.
  • 7/19/2014 12:24:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWindows 7 help

Pros: 8 sata III channels
Tiny type of DVD with the drivers under the white carton in the box. Driver can be found on the internet.
Work with PCIE_16x

Cons: My -1 egg:
Lack of information in case of little trouble with the installation.
I wish it had a Wizard Setup installation like Asmedian or the JBMicron. Not sure the average buyer knows enough for a manual installation.

I don't know if the product is new or unpopular ,but when I Google I couldn't find any review or problem with solution post for the installation of the driver. Many Newegg review says 4 out of 8 channels don't work and Newegg link is the first in the Google list.
I had the same problem.

Not really a con but it got me confused when installing:
In the tiny DVD there is a lot of driver , but only 1 driver is needed in the Marvell folder. The others are problably for other type of controller cards like PCIE to USB.

Other Thoughts: The following instruction is made out of my own personnal experience with the hardware SI-PEX40071 and Windows7. Also my first sata controller. Follow at your discretion.

If in the "control panel>devices manager" you dont have the "storage controllers" image (a C with dash in it), you didnt install the driver.
To install the driver on Windows 7 , after installing the hardware. You need to know that Windows will install is own drivers that he possess. And it might be your motherboard controller driver. Put the tiny DVD in the DVD drive for the driver. Else get the driver from the Syba webpage.

Go in device manager of Windows and check the IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers section. You might have some information in double. ATA channel are ok.
Right click the others for the "Update drive software".
Choose the Browse my computer and take the path of the DVD folder with the drivers.
For a 64 bit OS:
Marvell\92XX\Windows Vista_2008_7_8\ amd64
the 32 bit OS:
Marvell\92XX\Windows Vista_2008_7_8\ i386

You cant access the file.Windows will take care of searching in that folder.
If you chose the wrong driver to update.Windows will let you know he will do nothing and keep driver already install.

When you chose the right one. Windows will show you the Marvell driver 92XX to install.
After installing it will make the Storage controllers section and remove some Ata channel from the IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers section.

When you let hardware connected to the not functioning channel on the controller, the auto-play will pop up in the screen.
Possible after restart some hardware disappear in Windows Explorer after fully installing your connections hardware on the controller card. My hard drive and blu-ray
needed drivers again and change of letter paths. After second restart everything was stable for me. For SSD or storage that boot an OS, you might need to check the Bios setup and make some research.

I wish I had some kind of similar instructions when I did my installation. Sorry for the not professional writing and lack of precision since I wrote it after my success and I dont know how to revert. This is the minimum to make the 8 channel work on Windows7. For Raid and similar stuff you will need find other instructions.

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  • Luke F.
  • 5/28/2014 9:35:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsHalf working

Pros: 8 Ports

Cons: Only half the ports worked. I installed the drivers from the cd no problem, but whenever I plugged in a hard drive it would BSOD. I then noticed there was a windows update for the marvel chip set, installed that, BSOD went away but the drives are still not recognized. The documentation is way too limited. Debating whether to try to continue to make it work or return it and get a cheaper 4 port card.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

We are sorry to hear about the problems that you have been having with this device.

Please check that the jumper settings are correct for the device so that the SATA ports are active.

Also check that you have the latest Marvell drivers for this chipset.

If you have already ensured that the card jumper setting are correct and the latest drivers are installed we would advise you to complete our RMA form for a replacement device.
http://www.sybausa.com/formExchange.php?myForm=1

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 05302014

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  • Jack E.
  • 4/10/2014 11:51:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsonly half works

Pros: a fairly quick boot process. It post fairly quickly. Since it does not have to go through a RAID post. it seems to have reasonable speed.

Cons: This is an 8 port device, but I have not been able to get my system (Windows 7 pro) to recognize 4 ports. It seems to be dead, but does not flag any errors on post. I had wanted these 4 ports for expansion later, but for now the first 4 ports fill my need for now. I would have given this 5 stars if all 8 ports worked.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you have been having with this card.

Perhaps the Jumper configuration is not properly set for all eight active ports.

Also check that the drivers were installed by the system properly. You may need to manually

install the drivers for the card.

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 04112014

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  • Dean M.
  • 4/7/2014 7:03:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDoes SI-PEX40071 Support 2 Working Port Multiplier Devices ???

Pros: Can work with my old 2005 Dell Dimension 4700 & now "upgrade" it to have 10 HD ports (including the 2 on the Dell). Can use this old computer as a "storage server" which is plenty fast enough to do that. Playback media files on a home network.

Cons: If this works, READ BELOW, then this is a MAJOR+ "Pro" -not a "con"... 5 Stars IF THIS CAN Work... ??? Anyone???

Well, I see the manufacturer does review these posts, so maybe we can get an answer before I use this card for the purpose of connecting 2 different port multiplier devices...

I'm looking for an add-on card that can support 2 separate port multiplier channels (one each) for 2 separate port multiplier devices to connect to its own port multiplier. I understand this SI-PEX40071 uses a dual chipset to get to 8 ports, so it ALSO MIGHT Support & Have 2 Separate Working Port Multipliers too???

Can I run this card with 2 separate port multiplier devices -one on each 2x4-port chipset that also might have its own port multiplier of 2 in total???

I have the 4 port HyperDuo, but it only supports ONE port multiplier on the card through ONE of the 4 ports at a time -one device supporting port multipliers can be attached to this HyperDuo. I would need 2 HyperDuo cards to work, but MAYBE the SI-PEX40071 Supports & Has 2 Working Port Multipliers ???

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

This device does not support more than one(1) port multiplier. This is due to a limitation from

the Marvell chipset.

Even though this card uses dual Marvell chipsets it will only be recognized by the system as using

one which will still only allow one port multiplier.

Currently the SiliconImage chipset is what you are looking for as it will support multiple port

multipliers on one card.

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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  • Rudy A.
  • 3/23/2014 3:31:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsYey 8 more ports

Pros: Very High Speed, Average of 150 MB/s to 200 MB/s on SATA III hard drives.

Cons: Will not work with other third party SATA controllers like ASMedia or another Marvell Controllers.

Other Thoughts: I found the installation of this card confusing as my BIOS only shows 3 out the 8 hard drives, that really got me concerned, wish they would have listed that on the manual. But upon loading its dedicated driver in Windows 7 64 bit all 8 hard drives were seen in Windows by not while posting in BIOS. I guess thats normal. I did try to get it working with a second PCIe card with an ASMedia controller but they would just fight and it would not post. Tried with my motherboards onboard Marvell controller and the same thing, they would fight for domination. So Im out 2 Sata ports on my ASMedia Card and 2 more SATA ports on my motherboard, this card picks them all up, when you buy please take this into account. All my Intel based SATA ports work just fine. Im very happy with this card as it works with no issues, transfer speeds are fast and its been solid for the last month.
I would definitely recommend it, just do some research first.

I have 8 3TB hard drives on this card in case you were wondering.

Since I applied this to A PCIe X16 slot now my graphics runs a PCIe 3.0 x8 . This is a limitation of the Intel Chipset, if your motherboards has the tools to correct this then good otherwise if you game this might concern you, go with Intel Enthusiast platform.

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  • Ed T.
  • 2/4/2014 6:14:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat buy

Pros: For those of you who want to be able to add up to 8 additional hard drives to your PC this is a GREAT buy!

Cons: None, I'm happy as can be with this.

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  • Christopher S.
  • 1/3/2014 1:11:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsResearch the chipset beforehand

Pros: Good price for an 8 port card

Cons: Do not order if you plan to use it in a Hypervisor (Virtualization) with IOMMU enabled.

the Marvell 88SE9705 chipset used has issues regarding DMA. Only 4 of the 8 drives showed up, when IOMMU is enabled half the card (the second chipset on the card), seized up and wouldn't offer itself to the kernel as a usable device.

It's my understanding that outside of having IOMMU enabled, older Linux Kernels will also have issues with this card, but this is purely a research based opinion.

Other Thoughts: The kernel I'm using is 3.12.0

Really do your research before getting a SATA/SAS card or you may get burned, I intend to follow my own advice from now on :)

I really can't blame SYBA for this one much, they're just a chipset integrator (They make the car chassis, Marvell makes the engine). Marvell really needs to pull things together, they have one of the worst records for being standards compliant, in protocol mostly.

If you do plan to get this, my recommendation would be to use it for a very simple storage array, nothing else.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Our recommendation would be to return the device to the reseller for a refund.

The Marvell chipset is known to cause compatibility problems for certain systems.

Do check the chipset of future cards to determine if any problems may arise.

Thank you for purchasing on 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 01242014

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  • william t.
  • 12/19/2013 5:17:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworks

Pros: does what it's supposed to

Cons: windows server 2003 (whs) didn't have drivers natively, have to use the disk or down load them

Other Thoughts: if you put it in a slot that is switched to 1 channel only half the ports work...kind of expected that

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