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Addonics ADS3GX4R5-E PCI-X SATAI / SATA II Controller Card

  • RAID 0/1/0+1/5 JBOD
  • 4 x eSATA External Connectors
  • Up to 300 Mbytes/sec (3 Gbits/sec) per port

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The new Addonics eSATA II RAID5/JBOD controller ensures maximum data throughput of 3 Gbits/sec per port when installed into the PCI-X bus. The controller features the latest eSATA connector to provide EMI protection, improved durability, and a complete cabling solution to ensure SATA signal integrity in external applications up to seven feet.

Throughput of up to 200 Mbytes/sec sustained data transfer can be achieved using standard 7,000 RPM SATA hard drives by setting up four drives in a RAID 0 configuration. The controller can also be combined with several optional Addonics Drive Enclosure solutions including the Disk Array 4SA system, Saturn Hard Drive kit or the external SATA drive enclosure. These solutions would allow users to build an external storage system that achieves similar performance of traditional SCSI storage, perfect for NAS, SAN, RAID and non-RAID storage arrays at less than half the cost.

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  • Brian S.
  • 11/16/2010 10:58:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNo go on VMWare ESX

Pros: Well packaged. Silicon Image stuff I've bought before usually works as advertised.

Cons: Needed PCI/PCI-x board to work with VMWare ESX hypervisor. Thought there'd be broad support for all SATA. Boy, was I wrong. There's NO VMWare host support for anything from Silicon Image. The gory details are at hXXp://

Other Thoughts: You live, you learn. Must ask for RMA.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/7/2010 5:26:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great as an eSATA port multiplier

Pros: Bought this to use in my Shuttle SG33G5M to act as an eSATA port multiplier so I could attach a Sans Digital TRM4 multi-bay enclosure. The Shuttle only had a PCI slot free so I had to resort to PCI/PCI-x cards. This Addonics card works great with my system and Windows 7 x32/x86.

Cons: The card is a little on the pricey side compared to PCI-express cards, but the fact that it just works and the bonus of four eSATA ports mitigates the sting on my wallet.

Other Thoughts: Does anyone know why Intel has absolutely no software support for eSATA port multiplication even though the hardware explicitly supports it? I would really love to know the answer to this question.

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  • Alex H.
  • 2/9/2010 9:19:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsWorks nicely for certain setups

Pros: Works really well. I have it set up with an AMS DS-3141SSBK that I'm currently running outside of a case (it's supposed to be an internal enclosure). It actually doesn't look bad, and was a very cheap way of setting up some hot swappable external storage on my home server. I don't use RAID at the moment, so I can't say anything about its abilities on that front. Works wonderfully in Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP.

Cons: I tried for a long time to get this card to work in Windows Server 2008 Enterprise. At best, drivers installed, all drives were recognized, but suffered horrible read/write errors. Completely unusable. They really need to get on the ball with drivers for this card.

Other Thoughts: I only subtracted 1 egg for the lack of drivers on new operating systems. I had to revert to Win2k8 from Win2k8 in order to use this card, which was a complete pain. Assuming you don't use a newer operating system, you can't beat this card for the price though.

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  • Joseph R.
  • 1/13/2010 9:06:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDon't Buy

Pros: Would be a nice card if it worked

Cons: Has compatibly problems with certain bios. Could not get card to recognize drives it would see the card but no drives. Opened up a ticket with there tech support and finally received a response 3 days later saying that the card is incompatible with certain bios and to return it to the retailer. On the bright side Newegg was great about the return

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  • Anne A.
  • 1/2/2010 4:05:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDidn't work with my Dell server

Pros: 4 ESATA ports, supports hot plug, might be the only PCI-X card still available with these features.

Cons: Didn't work in my Dell PowerEdge 1600SC... tried all the PCI and PCI-X slots, BIOS/Windows 2008 Server did not detect the card. Addonics drivers site needs a serious update... doesn't have any driver listings for 2008, 2008 R2, or Windows 7... though tech support was responsive and did point me to a supposedly compatible driver set when I asked.

Other Thoughts: I also tried a 3Ware 9550SX in this Dell and it had compatibility issues, too. Ended up using an Adaptec 2420SA card that the Dell was happy with.

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  • Arthur S.
  • 11/14/2009 8:39:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsStill working great after a year and a half and an upgrade to 7

Pros: Works great for me in windows XP. Does RAID 0,1,1+0,5 or JBOD, Fits in a regular PCI slot as well as PCI-X. Minimal printed instructions, and the pdf isn't really that great either. I'm using it with an ICY Dock MB561 4 bay external enclosure and I'm quite happy with the whole setup. Seems to work fine under windows 7 as well, even though the drivers only list support up to vista. Solid card working well a year on.

Cons: No complaints, fairly priced

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  • Hirenkumar P.
  • 8/19/2009 10:10:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Well

Pros: Fast, hot swap external drives easily, used with WD500 Mybook and Seagate 500GB Triple interface drives no problems.

Cons: None that I can see

Other Thoughts: Installed on 6 HP DL 380 G3 with no problems easy to install and get working, install to uptime was within 15minutes.

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  • G P.
  • 4/7/2009 4:46:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDisappointed

Pros: Good Price.

Cons: Does not work with AMS Venus T5 DS-2350S external enclosure. It is based on the Silicon Image SiL3124 chipset, which is supposed to be compatible. However, with every reboot of the system, it would not recognize the enclosure. Also, you must use the Addonics drivers, the drivers from the Silicon Image website don't work with this card.

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  • Daniel P.
  • 2/12/2009 4:15:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGets the Job Done

Pros: Easy to install. Got it working on a Vista Ultimate 64bit environment within 5min. Just pop in the cd when asked by the hardware install wizard. Using this for raw storage so I cannot speak towards the RAID side of it, but it is doing great with 3 1.5 TB ESATA hard drives plugged in.

Cons: None so far, hasn't caused any write failure errors or anything else negative.

Other Thoughts: Would recommend this to anyone that wants a cheap, easy way to add 4 ESATA ports to any desktop. If you want a true hardware based RAID, better prepare to shell out a lot more.

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  • Adam C.
  • 1/12/2009 10:11:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great

Pros: Been using it with 2, 5x1 sata port multipliers in a raid 5 config with 10 500 GB hard drives with total of 5TB of space. Had for almost a year now with no issues and no lag.

Cons: None

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