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SIIG SC-PE4B12 32-bit PCI IDE High-Speed Dual Channel Host Controller

  • 2 x ATA 133 Internal Connectors
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  • Works with various brands of Ultra ATA 133/100/66/33 hard disk drives and ATAPI devices including CD/ROM and CD-R/RW drives, DVD-ROM and zip drives
  • Auto-detects drive types and fine tunes to the best performance for each Ultra ATA drives

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    Model

    Brand
    SIIG
    Model
    SC-PE4B12

    Specifications

    Type
    IDE
    Internal Connectors
    2 x ATA 133
    Interface
    32-bit PCI
    Operating Systems Supported
    MicrosoftWindows 98SE/ME/NT4.0/2000/XP

    Features

    Features
    Works with various brands of Ultra ATA 133/100/66/33 hard disk drives and ATAPI devices including CD/ROM and CD-R/RW drives, DVD-ROM and zip drives.
    Auto-detects drive types and fine tunes to the best performance for each Ultra ATA drives

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    • Albert H.
    • 6/13/2014 10:42:33 AM
    • Tech Level: Somewhat High
    • Ownership: more than 1 year

    4 out of 5 eggsSIIG SC-PE4B12 32bit PCI IDE Controller Card

    Pros: No functional issues on XP Pro, good solid card, reliable, no crashes; ran on XP Pro for about 10 years, supported and continues to support multiple PATA and ATAPI drives as the machine grew and evolved to meet needs. I recently updated to 8.1 Pro, and had intended to keep right on going with this card, supporting all those extra PATA drives, but, . . .(see below)

    Cons: When I recently upgraded to 8.1 Pro because of XP Pro support ending; I find there's no 64 bit drivers for this card from the manufacturer. I then initially loaded a generic IDE/ATAPI dual channel driver bundled with 8.1 Pro, and one channel (2 drives) would work, but never both channels and all four drives. Uninstalled that driver. I've ran an Email thread back and forth with SIIG support for several days, and they just want to sell you an updated version (2, 3, or) 4 of this same PE4B12 card with a different newer chip. The support person didn't even know this v1 card has an Acard chip. He sent me instructions and drivers for the newer chip (which would not have worked). I'm sure the updated v4 card would work fine, and there's 64 bit drivers available, but I see no need to discard this hardware, it's been flawless. Acard has apparently made 64 bit drivers available for the chip, but SIIG hasn't implemented and made them available.

    Other Thoughts: Another post on this Newegg site for this card, referenced those 64 bit drivers at Acard's website. I found those; also some BIOS updates; and have downloaded both (drivers and BIOS updates); but have not installed yet. I'm ready to try Acard's 64 bit Vista drivers, but am contemplating if the PE4B12 card's BIOS should be updated, and still researching necessary and correct procedures for BIOS and driver updates. I don't want to mess up the card.

    Good card, reliable and functional, BIOS doesn't slow the boot severely, about 10 years on it now; but the card gets four eggs, could have been five eggs; but is only four; because SIIG won't put out just a little bit of effort to help support this card on 8.1 Pro, when all the pieces to make it work are apparently available.

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    • Jim B.
    • 3/3/2013 1:25:41 AM
    • Tech Level: Average
    • Ownership: more than 1 year

    5 out of 5 eggsSIIG SC-PE-4B12v1:This card has been working flawlessly for many years

    Pros: SIIG SC-PE-4B12v1: This card has worked well for me ever since the days of Win98Se. I typically would have a DVD R/W in one port, and 2 ATA-133's in the other port.
    The bios for the card on PC boot is informative and easy to understand.
    Installation is quick, easy, painless.

    Cons: SIIG SC-PE-4B12v1: SIIG doesn't provide 64bit drivers; knocked an egg.
    Otherwise the device has worked near flawlessly for me all of these long years.

    Other Thoughts: SIIG SC-PE-4B12v1: I wanted to share that there are verified working 64bit drivers available for this card at the ACARD home site. You will not find a 64bit driver at the SIIG home site for version 1 of this card. They do have drivers for the newer OS's, but they are for the new versions of these cards that have the newer/ different chip. To get 64 bit drivers, go to the ACARD site and download the driver for their AEC-6280 v1112. I used the 64bit driver for Vista 64bit in my Win8 Pro 64bit and it installs and functions just fine. If you read SIIG's XP driver .inf they reveal that its actually an Acard AEC-6280.

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    • Richard L.
    • 11/12/2006 2:36:04 PM
    • Tech Level: High
    • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
    • Verified Owner

    2 out of 5 eggsWorks.. sometimes.

    Pros: When the card's BIOS works correctly during boot, the card is great with no problems at all. Purchased this card, based on all the good reviews here, to replace a Promise ATA 100, which was slower, but much better card IMO.

    Cons: Amazingly inconsistent boot results. Most of the time, but not always, the card will fail to recognize the primary boot drive and only the secondary (both new, identical drives). A simple hard reset usually corrects this, and then both drives are recognized.. but not always. Installation was an incredible pain compared to my previous ATA card. Although SIIG's website states that it is possible to install the card and drivers without reinstalling the OS, I spent weeks trying to without success. A fresh OS install worked fine, though. Also, having both the SIIG and Promise cards installed at the same time would cause the system to hang during boot.

    Other Thoughts: SIIG's technical support personnel were extremely unhelpful, and both the included product documentation and online support could have been more thorough. Even though I had a few driver issues with my older Promise card, I would still recommend Promise over the inconsistent behavior of SIIG's controller cards.

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    • Bart W.
    • 7/10/2006 10:07:23 AM
    • Tech Level: High
    • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggsWOW - real nice unit

    Pros: Super nice product - easy to install and setup. Sytem recognized drives immediatly (MD 3 yrs old) Now supports Ultra drives - standard MD primary IDEs are disconnected. Fast data transfer rates and throughput. For the money, dollars are well spent - must use the ultra cables to obtain transfer rates for Ultra, otherwise this becomes just another add-on controller.

    Cons: nothing!

    Other Thoughts: NewEgg - unbelievable shipping - ordered on Monday afternoon, received product on doorstep Tuesday morning (less than 24 hours & used standard shipping) - SUPER fast shipping

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    • Anonymous
    • 6/7/2006 6:00:17 PM
    • Tech Level: High
    • Ownership: more than 1 year

    4 out of 5 eggsGood card.

    Pros: I actually got one of these cards with a hard drive years ago. Works great, had 4 250gb drive connected to it for quite some time with no issues.

    Cons: I recently purchased a set of 750gb drives and while this card recognises them, it will not allow windows to. Although connecting directly to the onboard IDE chanell works. New hardware revisions of this card may not have this issue, but be sure to check with SIIG first.

    Other Thoughts: Great card for the price. Very solid after 3 or 4 years. If you need drives larger than 250gb it may be worth looking at another card, as it may not work. Online customer support from SIIG is fast and at the very least moderatly helpful, which is rare these days.

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    • Anonymous
    • 4/15/2006 7:52:42 PM
    • Tech Level: High
    • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs

    Pros: super sofar so good, work good with my sony dru-720a, and lite-on sohw-812s.

    Cons: nay, not that i can think of.

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    • Ms. V.
    • 3/12/2006 7:16:46 PM
    • Tech Level: Somewhat High
    • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggsShorter bootups, faster loading.

    Pros: I have bought and built systems that have ATA 100 interfaces on the motherboard. I have, since then, added this SIIG card and ATA 133 hard drives. I installed the card, loaded the drivers when instructed by my operating system, and loaded a fresh, clean, installation of the operating system. As a result, my startup times, which were from between 2-4 minutes, went down to 45-70 seconds. This spans the time from powering up the system to when the log-on screen appears.

    Cons: 1. The systems I reworked invariably saw the card as a SCSI adapter, and the attached hard drives as SCSI drives. This is confusing at first, but works fine.
    2. I found that you are better off if you have at least one hard drive, the boot drive, attached to this card. Using this just for CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drives may result in a slower boot process, as this card seems to me to pre-empt the BIOS on the motherboard, and a "family feud" occurs over which drives are really the boot drives.
    3. The only hard drive in one system, which is attached to this card, has been assigned the letter "F", while my CD-ROM drive on the motherboard is a"D" drive. Plugging in USB devices results in these being assigned "C" and "E". This could, however, be an issue with the operating system, not the card. Go figure.

    Other Thoughts: I tried a few different ways to improve performance on 7 similar but separate systems. The best way I found so far is to complete a fresh OS installation on a brand new drive attached to this SIIG card, and don't change or move the drive after you're done. You will need to see the POST messages, at least the first couple of times when you start your machine and load the OS. It appears to me that the card easily interrupts your existing boot sequence so as to ensure that all the drives attached to it are the drives the computer recognizes first. This should include your boot drive, and this is why my ATA 133 drives seem to work at a much faster pace than before. My utilities load and function more quickly. My applications and games also load noticeably faster now than when they were connected to the motherboard's ATA 100 bus.

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    • Anonymous
    • 3/10/2006 8:18:47 PM
    • Tech Level: High
    • Ownership: less than 1 day
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggsGreat buy

    Pros: This card works great with Windows XP. It was very easy to install and setup and works great with a IDE Zip drive.

    Cons: I don't have any bad things to say about this card.

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    • Anthony M.
    • 3/8/2006 7:20:41 AM
    • Tech Level: Somewhat High
    • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
    • Verified Owner

    4 out of 5 eggs

    Pros: Does just what I want it to do at a fair price...no problem with large capacity HDs

    Cons: None yet!

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    • Scott T.
    • 3/7/2006 9:03:38 PM
    • Tech Level: High
    • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Hard Drive Controller

    Pros: I installed the card and software, then connected my new 300GB Seagate disk drive to it and it works great. This drive is very fast connected to this controller. I won't bu another Promise controller card again.

    Cons: None

    Other Thoughts: Easy to install and works great, especially on drives larger than 137 GB which is a problem for some of the Promise controller cards.

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