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Item#: N82E16816132013

Rosewill RC-209-EX PCI 2.3, 32bit, 33/66Mhz SATA Controller Card

  • RAID 0/1/0+1/5
  • 4 x SATA Internal Connectors
  • 2 x eSATA External Connectors
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Learn more about the Rosewill RC-209-EX

Model

Brand
Rosewill
Model
RC-209-EX

Specifications

Type
SATA
External Connectors
2 x eSATA
Internal Connectors
4 x SATA
Interface
PCI 2.3, 32bit, 33/66Mhz
Transfer Rate
Up to 1.5Gb/s
RAID
RAID 0/1/0+1/5
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 2000, Windows XP/2003/Vista 32/64 bit, Windows 7 32/64 bit (supported via Vista Drivers), Vista 32/64bit

Features

Features
Chipset: Silicon Image SiI3114 SATA controller chip

Enterprise-class Throughput - With Ultra/150 Command Queuing technology that optimizes the sequence of data transfers to the hard drive from the host, resulting in higher performance in enterprise applications.

Rugged - Enterprise-class mechanical platform with high-end bearings and actuator.

It can work as a RAID 0/1/0+1/5 HDD controller card or an un-RAID extension card for SATA device (HDD or SATA optical drive).If you don't active the RAID function, you can attach 4 SATA HDD as a normal extension card.

Rosewill special design, 'Magic Switch', allows two modes operation.
Mode one: You can active 4 internal SATA ports and two external e-SATA is off-line.
Mode two: You can active 2 internal + 2 external SATA ports for connecting your e-SATA enclosures and SATA devices. In this mode, two internal SATA channel will be off-line.

Attention: Need a floppy driver on PC if you want to install a new OS into a fresh.HD attaching to this card (fresh installation).

*Note: HDD Controllers are capable to support all HDD sizes, but different OS may limited the HDD sizes that can be supported. For example, XP 32-bit supports only up to 2TB.

RC-209-EX is an upgrade version of RC-209. The only different between RC-209-EX and RC-209 is the external eSATA port. RC-209-EX is an external eSATA version which can allow you hook up more eSATA enclosures. All other parts of RC-209-EX are the same as RC-209.

Packaging

Package Contents
1x Serial ATA 4-Channel RAID adapter
1 x Driver CD
2 x SATA Data Cables
2 x SATA Power Cables
1 x Manual
1 x Low profile bracket

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Anonymous
  • 12/19/2013 12:17:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for unRAID or Xpenology

Pros: I purchased this card after finding out that it works with unRAID and Xpenology DSM 4.2 and 4.3 (no configuration needed)

Simple plug and play design with both NAS solutions. Drivers were auto-found in Linux and was able to add the hard drives to my NAS with no trouble.

Able to use 2x cards (for 4 ports total) with no IRQ or hardware conflicts

Works as intended with proper 3.0 gb/s speeds recorded

Cons: Cons: non what so ever.

Other Thoughts: Other Thoughts: If you are needing to expand your SATA ports this is a great product, and it didn't cost an arm and a leg. Perfect solution for unRAID and Xpenology.

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  • DAVID H.
  • 11/15/2013 1:30:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsADDS LIFE FOR IDE DEVICES

Pros: Some of the newer motherboards do not come with IDE connections. This provides this so I can use some of my IDE devices that still work.
With the IDE cable attached, the cable rubs up against the card next to it.

Cons: With the IDE cable attached, the cable rubs up against the card next to it.
I did not see a similar card that had external USB 3.0 ports rather than eSATA ports when I bought it..

Other Thoughts: If they had mounted the IDE connection facing towards the top of the card, there would be more space between the cards & you could remove or attach the IDE cable without removing the card if there is another card on the connector side of this card.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/15/2013 8:35:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood for JBOD.

Pros: Price/performance/versatility. One card that can run 4 internal or 2 internal and 2 external with the throw of a jumper at this price point? SOLD.

Comes WITH 2 SATA cable (no latches and they are rated for what the card can push)

Also comes with 2 x Molex to SATA power adapters (not splitters - you will need 2 open MOLEX power plugs to NET 2 SATA.

If you intend to hook up all 4 ports you will need some additional power adapter/splitters and 2 more SATA Data cables.

if you don't have at least 2 open SATA power plugs right now + 2 Molex to use with the included converters.

If you need more power plugs, see below for a converter that will net you 4 SATA from 1 Molex.

Easy install. (JBOD NONBOOT Win7/64bit) very uneventful.

Cons: The obvious - you are running on the PCI bus which means you are limited to something like 100-150 MB/sec best case scenario on short(ish) file transfers.

Moving a few hundred gigs at once? Be prepared for something around 45-50 MB/sec after about 5 minutes.

Figure USB 2.0 speeds after the first few minutes which is fine for mass storage, HTPC, DVR etc.

Other Thoughts: My comments are regarding JBOD usage on win7 64 bit.

I did not attempt to RAID or BOOT from this card. IMHO it's best bang for your buck is as a mass storage device controller.

If you need to add 4 SATA and do not have or want to degrade your future PCIe usage and have an open PCI, these are a great fit.

NOTE: I was worried if there would be a conflict running 2 of these simultaneously. No problems at all. I have 8 drives attached and all is well

If you are going to run all 4 SATA and only have ONE Molex power plug - try this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812400127

Hope this helps! If it did,please click below and say so.

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  • John H.
  • 8/14/2013 1:20:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGet's the Job Done....

Pros: - No issues or problems

Cons: - Don't recommend using this card in RAID configurations with other devices; granted I used software RAID with this card, but if you plan to use software RAID and pair up drives on this card with multiple cards or motherboard, performance can be spotty.
- 1.5Gb/s limit, but you should know that. I didn't even get that kinda speed out of them.

Other Thoughts: Adds the ports you need. I did not use the hardware RAID so I can't speak much to the overall function. Dropped three in my FreeNas server and ended up yanking the drives from one and plugging directly into the MOBO because file streaming was spotty.

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  • travis m.
  • 4/27/2013 9:13:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsworks

Pros: cheap. 4 sata OR 2 sata @ 2 esata Or 3&1 etc.

Cons: no freenas8 support

Other Thoughts: Bought for freenas8 rig. was unsupported. If i needed it for a regular build I'm sure it would have met my needs as I'm still working on SATA II speeds. It showed up in the boot sequence and saw all my disks. The card bios seemed intuative and ok for my needs. It's a shame It didn't work in freenas I really like Rosewill products. Their USB WIFI dongles are the best I've ever found and have native support in linux.

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  • Robert E.
  • 1/20/2013 10:04:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDoes the job

Pros: -works
-cheap

Cons: -not fast

Other Thoughts: I'm using this as an eSATA connector to a SANS Digital TowerRAID TR4UTBPN with 4 WDEARS20 drives configured as RAID5 in XenServer 6.1 and it works fine. I wouldn't call it fast but it gets about 70Mbps throughput to my Windows VMs which is about what I would expect from low end hardware.

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  • Weston M.
  • 1/14/2013 3:44:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat upgrade for an older Linux system

Pros: Four SATA ports. Supported by Xubuntu Linux 12.10 out-of-the-box. Configured for internal use out-of-the-box. Included several cables.

Cons: Could have included 4 SATA cables and power cables.

Other Thoughts: Worked great in my older Linux system that only had PCI slots available. Connected a new ASUS dvd burner and two older SATA drives. All worked out-of-the-box. Appears to be a well-supported device under Linux. Running the two drives using LVM for backing up other drives as needed. Works great.

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  • Will H.
  • 1/12/2013 2:48:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsOkay but pointless

Pros: Cheap, 4 ports, uses up one of those old PCI slots I don't use much. Was able to boot from devices connected to it and set up a separate raid from my motherboard raid.

Cons: Too slow for even the cheapest budget drives - Reads and Writes are both capped at 80 MB/sec , when my slowest drive does 160. Even slower in RAID mode. Not having a setting to set drives in AHCI or IDE mode means you're going to have some trouble when booting though - it seems as if it is determined automatically.

Other Thoughts: Okay if you're just going to attach a DVD burner to it, but you don't need 4 SATA ports for 1 DVD burner.

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  • Peter S.
  • 1/1/2013 7:43:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs4 more SATA ports

Pros: Plug and Play in Linux

Cons: None noticed so far

Other Thoughts: I seem to never have enough hard drive space and extra SATA drives laying around. I expander my file server by another 1.5 TB on a legacy MB for less than $20. I haven't messed with RAID so I can't comment on that issue

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  • Peter S.
  • 12/29/2012 8:01:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPlug and play in Linux

Pros: Put the card in an open PCI slot, reboot and had 4 SATA ports.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I needed extra storage space and had some SATA drives laying around. The motherboard was fairly old and had no SATA ports. I put in the card and Ubuntu installed it with no issues. I will probably get a couple more,

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