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Rosewill RC-226 PCI-Express 2.0 Low Profile SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card

  • 2 x eSATA III External Connectors
  • Up to 6Gb/s
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Learn more about the Rosewill RC-226

Model

Brand
Rosewill
Model
RC-226
Form Factor
Low Profile

Specifications

Type
SATA III (6.0Gb/s)
External Connectors
2 x eSATA III
Interface
PCI-Express 2.0
Transfer Rate
Up to 6Gb/s
Operating Systems Supported
Drivers for Windows 2000 ,XP ,2003 Server, 2008 Server, and Win7

Features

Features
Compliant with 5Gbps PCI Express 2.0

Fully compliant with Serial ATA specifications 2.6

Supports SATA III transfer rate of 6.0Gbps, 3.0Gbps 1.5Gbps

Supports ATA and ATAPI commands

Supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ)

Support AES-256

48 bits LBA can Break Capacity-Limit to Support HDD larger than 137GB

Support Port Multiplier Function Both Command-Based Switching and Frame Information Structure (FIS) switching

Hot-plug capability

Two Pin headers on board for LED connection

Completely with drivers for 64bit / 32bit Windows 7, Vista, XP and Server 2003 64bit / 32bit Windows 7 Built-in Driver support

Fully RoHS compliant

* 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.

Packaging

Package Contents
RC-226
Driver CD
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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  • BENJAMIN B.
  • 2/3/2014 5:42:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks on Windows Server 2012 R2

Pros: I must say that after doing a lot of configuration changes, I got this product to work AS IS. I had to do two things:

1) Update the firmware on my RC-211 to Sil3132 Unraid
2) Upgrade my server to Windows Server 2012 R2
3) Turn off and pretty much discard one of my new Fantom backup drives. (It's eSATA port was causing hardware errors.)

So .. to say that any of these issues were due to the RC-226 is premature. Therefore I would like to give this card a high rating.

I have two of these in one machine and they now work fine.

Cons: None really, now that I got it working.

I'm only a little concerned that I did a clean install of my OS to get it working. Also my other controllers' hard drives became problematic. (But I'm guessing my OS hiccups did that.) Only time will tell ...

Other Thoughts: I'm guessing here that people buy these cards in preparation to attach new hardware, like me. Before passing judgement against the card for failures, consider your other hardware or software the culprit.

For me, it was one of my three new Fantom external drives that was problematic. And possibly my OS

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  • BENJAMIN B.
  • 1/23/2014 8:15:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs3 years later, still doesn't work

Pros: none

Cons: Correction from previous review. RC-220 is my other card that works fine. The RC-211 (which also works fine) is my SATA card.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you very much for purchasing this unit.
We strive to provide the most reliable and highest quality products to our customers.

Thank you for the updated review.

Phone: 1- 800-575-9885
Email: rma@rosewill.com
Email2: techsupport@rosewill.com

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks,
Rosewill Customer Care

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  • Sam M.
  • 10/30/2013 3:21:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsNot good

Pros: It arrived

Cons: Bought this card after the card that came with the Rosewill RSV-S8 (also bought from newegg) was totally dead. This one was not. However, the card only recognizes 4 of the 8 drives. Switching the cables shows that it is always the same eSata slot on the card, and it will recognize whichever of the two port-multipliers (with 4 HDD attached) is plugged into that eSata port.

Other Thoughts: Can anyone recommend a reliable PCIe 2x eSata card that will work for simple RAID 1 mirroring of the 8 drives (4 x mirrored data storage)? I am leaning as far from rosewill as possible. They haven't even replied to my emails for assistance (3 weeks now).

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you very much for purchasing this unit.
We strive to provide the most reliable and highest quality products to our customers.

This is a suitable alternative product we recommend.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816115076

If you are not fully satisfied with our product please contact us to better assist you in resolving your problem.

Phone: 1- 800-575-9885
Email: rma@rosewill.com

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks,
Rosewill Customer Care

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  • Shaun M.
  • 5/5/2013 10:19:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot for port multiplier

Pros: It's a decent card, if you don't want port multiplier support. Or if you only need one e-sata with port multiplier.

Cons: Basically, port multiplier only seems to work on one of the ports at a time.

Other Thoughts: The card itself does seem to work well, it's unfortunate that port multiplier support isn't entirely there.

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  • PETER S.
  • 6/13/2012 4:03:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLimitation was disatisfying

Pros: Worked exactly for what I purchased for: connecting my two 8-drive eSATA III/USB 3.0 enclosures to my NAS.

However...

Cons: Both BIOS and the operating system only see the first six drives out of eight on both enclosures (devices ad0-ad5... ad6 and ad7 were missing from both).

If I connected both enclosures to the same card (since there's two ports), I only got six devices out of sixteen total. Seems pretty obvious that this is a hard limitation with the card and there's little I can do about it.

Other Thoughts: Wish I had known about the limitation prior to ordering. I took a chance, and if I had only 6 or fewer drives, I would have never known. This will, however, not work for my system and I'll be ordering a competing product instead.

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  • Joshua R.
  • 5/15/2012 12:17:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsFor Your Info

Pros: This is a good card, if you know how to use it...

Manual: http://www.rosewill.com/Mgnt/Uploads2/AttachmentForProduct/RC211.pdf

For SERVER 08 X64 DRIVER USE WIN 7 X64 bit driver from here LIKE I DID:
http://www.rosewill.com/products/462/ProductDetail_Download.htm

TO MONITOR REBUILD PROGRESS DOWNLOAD THE RAID 5 MANAGER AND VIEW THE HERE: http://www.siliconimage.com/support/searchresults.aspx?pid=32&cat=11

NEXT TIME DO THE LEG WORK!!!!!!

Cons: none so far

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  • Ionel P.
  • 11/26/2011 8:21:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsJust dont.

Pros: SATA III...

Cons: ...It will only detect the drives from one port on my Rosewill RSV-S8 regardless of what cable is connected to what port. The BIOS only shows one HBA though ports technically work. It's back to the RC-219.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Will the same thing happen with any other drives or will it only happen with this drive? Are you hot swapping the drives or are you shutting off the system, plugging in the drive, and then starting up the system? Please contact the Rosewill support team either via phone at 800-575-9885 or via email at techsupport@rosewill.com so that we can assist you with your issue.
Thanks,
Rosewill Customer Care

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  • Theodore F.
  • 11/18/2011 8:49:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsReturning

Pros: Inexpensive. Driver installation painless on Windows 7.

Cons: Attached drive must be off during boot, or the OS doesn't load. Does not function as a port multiplier, at least not with my Blackx Duet.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this because it is low profile and the description says it supports port multiplier. According to Marvell's 88SE912x product brief, the 9120 and 9125 support port multiplier. For the 9128, instead of saying "Yes" as supporting this feature, the brief says, "RAID support through Marvell RAID utility (MRU) and drive".

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Go into the BIOS of your motherboard and make sure that the hard drive with the OS on it is the first boot device. It sounds like you have a drive off this unit taking priority during the boot up process. Once the drive with the OS on it is the primary boot device, then the motherboard will boot from that drive first and not anything else. If you are still having issues after that, please contact the Rosewill support team either via phone at 800-575-9885 or via email at techsupport@rosewill.com.
Thanks,
Rosewill Customer Care

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/27/2011 7:55:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRosewill RC-226

Pros: Very Good and Stable SATA III Controller. Marvell 88SE9128 chipset based. AHCI capable. Can be used with Silicon Image 3726 Port Multiplier Enclosures such as Rosewill and Sans Digital and others that make use of the 3726 Port Multiplier in Non-RAID, Standard SATA or AHCI mode.

Cons: The only con is that you Must allow whatever Drives are connected to this Controller to FULLY SPIN UP before BOOTING. This means BEFORE POST. This Controller likes to poll and test the drives attached as soon as you power up the PC. The Marvell 88SE9128 chipset can be picky about what drives are connected to it. It does not play well with some Green drives.

Other Thoughts: The Problems people are experiencing with this Controller is with what's called 'Upper Memory' or 'Reserved Memory'. This is the memory space that is reserved on your motherboard for the Devices, Bridges, System Devices, and other add-in cards you put in the motherboard. You may see the message during POST that 'No resources available for BIOS' for the system. Or a similar message. This means your Upper Memory is FULL with Device Resource allocations. This is one reason you do not see the Controller's BIOS during BOOT. As far as this Controller 'Taking Over the System', that's Hog-Wash. Just know 'How to change your BIOS settings' and everything is fine.

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  • C T.
  • 10/18/2011 2:14:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTotally Unusable

Pros: Looks nice.

Cons: My purpose for this card is simple additional external storage ... not as an ancillary RAID system boot drive.
It blocks my PC from booting by inserting itself before the system BIOS without a hdd connected and with a hdd connected.
The Ctl-M access to this card offers no options or solutions.

Other Thoughts: Hopefully Rosewill has a solution after reading this review ...
On a previous card I was provided a utility that erased the offending software on the card so it did not block normal booting.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
I spoke with several people about this and we all ended up with the same conclusion. The boot priority is determined by your motherboard and nothing else. If this card is being placed before the hard drive with the OS on it, then it sounds like you need to change the boot priority of your motherboard. Go into the BIOS of your motherboard and make sure that the drive with the OS on it is the first boot drive and that should take care of that. As for the Ctrl-M feature, it sounds like you have a wireless keyboard or your motherboard isn't activating the keyboard in time for it to recognize that Ctrl-M was pressed. Usually, wireless keyboards will do this since the motherboard needs to initialize the necessary devices for it to recognize the signal from a wireless device. By the time it does, it is already too late to get into the BIOS or any other menu. If you do indeed have a wireless keyboard, try using a USB keyboard and see if the same thing happens. If you are still having issues after that, please contact the Rosewill support team either via phone at 800-575-9885 or via email at techsupport@rosewill.com.
Thanks,
Rosewill Customer Care

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