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StarTech PEXESAT322I PCI-Express x1 Low Profile Ready SATA III (6.0Gb/s) 2 Int/2 Ext SATA Controller Card

  • 2 x SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Connectors
  • 2 x eSATA External Connectors
  • Up to 6Gb/s

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Joseph N.
  • 5/8/2016 9:59:47 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood for what I wanted

Pros: I just wanted some more back up storage outside my case. I needed reliability and speed was secondary and this card delivered.

Cons: Jumpers are a little confusing so don't loose the cheat sheet! While not as fast as other SATA III controllers, it is pretty fast. On my MB controllers I can get up to 500 GB/s on a good SSD and up to 400 GB/s on this controller which is not bad since most Hard Drives cannot maintain half of that rate.

Other Thoughts: Using this with Sans Digital 4 Bay eSATA Port Multiplier JBOD Tower Storage Enclosure and four disks. Not using the second port right now and have it set for the internal connection if needed (the default setting is both on external). Despite what has been mentioned you can set the jumpers to use both internal or both external ports or any combination but only two ports total at the same time. It does support two eSATA connections at the same time. Of course if you are using more than one of the drives on an external enclosure concurrently, the total throughput may be lower but considering most HDs are not nearly as fast as this controller it may not be that noticeable in the real world. The drives I put in my enclosure are not the ones that get most of the use and no SSDs so the throughput is fine with me.

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  • Charles C.
  • 4/7/2016 2:41:07 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood price and works as expected

Pros: Using this card with the StarTech 8 bay full of drives (3-6TB) with no issues now for over a year. Much more reliable than USB. I like the setup so much I would like to add another 8 bay.

Cons: Only one port supports multiplier from what I read. Anyone know of a card that supports multiplier on 2 external ports at the same time (8 drives each)?

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  • PAUL S.
  • 3/24/2016 5:00:28 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSmooth Operation

Pros: Easy installation, up and running within minutes after installing drivers (provided with controller) on a Win 10 machine.
Used to connect two eSATA external enclosures with a total of 4 SATA HDD'S (total of 8 TB capacity).

Cons: No Cons

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this product. I used it to replace an old SATA II controller, which worked for about a year, and then became unpredictable.

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  • William E.
  • 2/25/2016 1:46:31 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy to set up, gives new life to old setups

Pros: I got this card to add a little bit of life to my old X58 setup that I use for gaming and Photoshop. It was pretty easy to install: just set the jumpers to use the internal SATA ports, stick it into the case, connect the drives, and power on the PC. I set up two Sandisk Z400s SSDs on this card since they're my boot drives for Windows and Linux.

Before installing Debian onto the second SSD, I tested file copy performance in Windows 10. A 1 GB (= 1,048,576 kB) test file copied in just a few seconds. More precise testing with a 500 MB file in DiskMark revealed performance on par with the SATA 3 controller in my 2013 laptop. Random reads at 159 MB/s and sequential at 406 MB/s are what I call "good enough"; if they weren't, I'd be looking at a PCIe SSD. Ditto for sequential writes at 187 MB/s and random writes at 166 MB/s. The few Steam games I have on my SSD load faster, and my Photoshop seems to be more sprightly as well.

This card works great with older BIOS-based machines like my X58 motherboard (ASUS P6T Deluxe V2). I just thought I'd throw that out there for those of you not yet using a UEFI motherboard.

Cons: I really, really wish the eSATA ports worked alongside the internal ports. I don't have any eSATA enclosures or such, but that would be a good motivation to get some. Alas, I'll be sticking with USB 3.0. I also wish it was a two-lane PCIe card. With just one lane, you're limited to 500 MB/s read/write performance. Now my SSDs can't quite go that fast, but it's still a big letdown if you're writing to both SSDs simultaneously.

The banks of jumpers are kinda lame as far as setup goes, but the manual tells you what you need to know to set them up correctly. (Party like it's 1989!)

Other Thoughts: For the price, it's hard to do better, although all things considered, I'd opt for a 2- or 4-lane card if I had it to do over again. I'd also look for a card with 4 internal SATA ports rather than just two. If you're just looking to add SSD support to your older computer, this card is fantastic. (Not that your SSDs won't run on a SATA 2 bus -- they will -- but they'll saturate the bus and you'll lose half your performance.)

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/20/2016 1:40:13 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

Pros: Works as advertised.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Purchased this along w/ an ICY DOCK MB561U3S-4S since my old Intel DX79si didn't have an eSATA port. Together, they have been one of my best add-ons.

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4 out of 5 eggsNot perfect, but it works

Pros: As long as you read and follow the manual, StarTech's card provides additional SATA ports on Windows 7, 8.1, 10, and Server 2012 R2 systems. It is far from a perfect solution, but if your system is port-limited, adding a pair of internal or external ports is made simple.

If you are connecting traditional hard drives (i.e. not SSD drives), the port multiplier option may be useful. Transfer speed is limited by the x1 slot bandwidth, so connecting to a SSD or fast RAID 0 will not give the speed you expect. Than said, we haven't seen issues with drives mysteriously dropping or becoming corrupted.

Cons: The SATA III 6.0Gb/s is somewhat misleading. The card itself is SATA III capable. Unfortunately even a single SATA III SSD easily saturates the PCIe x1 connection. Attaching two SSDs is a waste of money. If, however, you have an extra hard drive and external enclosure or two around, this StarTech card gives more consistent throughput than a standard USB 3 connection along with lower CPU usage. If you use a UASP capable USB 3 enclosure along with Win 8.1 or 10, that blows this card away.

Other Thoughts: As other reviewers mention, read the manual. It's short, concise, and necessary. There are a few potential gotchas that you may face depending on your system and intended usage.

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  • frederick h.
  • 1/13/2015 5:12:55 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsok - so i got a bad one :-(

Pros: Low cost , Esata + Sata connections. Good tech support with reasonably knowledgeable staff that speak fluent English.

Cons: I got this unit DOA.
I am trying to rebuild a 12 drive server and needed extra SATA connectors with External SATA and this card fit the need perfectly. However after plugging it in to the PCI-E slot, installing the software from the included cd disk and then connecting it to my hard drives, it does not show the drives at all.

So thought to recheck everything and rebooted the pc and watched it as it went though the POST sequence - the SATA card did not even show up during POST! I changed the slot it was seated in and did another reboot - it still didnt show up.
As a final test I disconnected the data cable from the motherboard for a drive that was already showing up and then rebooted again - the drive which used to show up when connected to the motherboard does not show up while connecting to this controller.

Other Thoughts: so this unit failed for me but I now have my sights on a better RAID controller instead.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Frederick,

Thanks for sharing your feedback on our PEXESAT322I, and we apologize for the inconvenience you experienced.

It appears you have already spoken to one of our technical advisors (case# 367-176978) and the unit was deemed defective. If you have not already returned the unit to Newegg, we would like to assist you with getting a replacement. Please contact us via the link below and we will be glad to assist you.

Thank you for your time, and once again, we apologize for what has occurred.

Customer Support

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  • Tam N.
  • 1/11/2015 7:53:17 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Both ESATA port works as port multiplier. I tested on two AD5SARM6G and working well under Windows 7 Ult so I got another just incase.

Cons: Not yet.

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  • R D.
  • 9/26/2014 3:52:09 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggslow on ports solution

Pros: I was running low on SATA ports. this card helped solve the problem. easy set up. has worked reliably for past several months. I did not get this card for RAID - I just wanted more ports - which is what I got.

tolerates presence of other SATA cards of similar ilk.

Cons: none that I can see

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  • Daniel S.
  • 6/25/2014 6:10:25 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsQuestionable Windows XP Support

Pros: Nice piece of hardware -- well built

Cons: Too bad I couldn't get it to work

Other Thoughts: First, I converted an existing IDE installation of Windows to AHCI via numbers web tutorials. I tested the system and it was stable.

Then I installed the StarTech PEXESAT322I card, and the BIOS and Windows XP detected it. I downloaded and installed an updated driver from StarTech's website and another, more recent one for the specific Asmedia ASM 106x chipset.

Testing with both drivers revealed the following:

1) Windows XP could detect, read and write to drives attached to the card.
2) BUT, Windows XP often would become unstable and the drives would go offline.

In summary, for me, this card did NOT work in Windows XP. Others may have better luck, but I RMAd the card.

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