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Item#: N82E16816102061

PROMISE SATA300 TX2plus PCI SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Cost-effective Controller Card - OEM

  • 2 SATA 3Gb/s Ports plus 1 Ultra ATA/133 channel Internal Connectors
  • Up to 266MB SATA, Up to 133MB EIDE
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Learn more about the Promise Tech. SATA300 TX2plus

Model

Brand
PROMISE
Model
SATA300 TX2plus

Specifications

Type
SATA II (3.0Gb/s)
Internal Connectors
2 SATA 3Gb/s Ports plus 1 Ultra ATA/133 channel
Interface
PCI
Transfer Rate
Up to 266MB SATA, Up to 133MB EIDE
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP
Red Hat Linux
SuSE Linux
Linux open source code

Features

Features
Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
SATA Tagged Command Queuing (TCQ)
Supports Serial ATAPI devices
Flexible future-proof upgrade for users with motherboards that only have a PCI interface

Packaging

Package Contents
SATA300 TX2plus
Driver Disk
User Manual
2 x SATA Cable

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  • Scott J.
  • 12/25/2011 12:30:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorks fine in my HP xw4400 Workstation

Pros: Works fine in my HP xw4400 Workstation with WinXP 64-bit. The SATA anyway; I'm not sure if I ever used the IDE.

Cons: None.

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  • Nate G.
  • 7/13/2008 12:45:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card

Pros: Very fast card with SATA-II drives (good with SATA-I too), great driver support for any OS, including Vista x64.

Cons: A bit pricier than some other cards, but at least it will have updated drivers for newer OSes.

Other Thoughts: Nice inclusion of a PATA port, though not sure what I'll do with it - I prefer to use PATA/SATA converters for ease of SATA cables.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/31/2008 7:20:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWorks OK, but YMMV under Linux

Pros: When it works its fast. No trouble installing or being recognised by several Linux (Fedora) distros

Cons: Has driver issues under Linux. I installed this in a home-brew server using a Via C3 based motherboard running first Fedora Core 5, then FC 6 and now Fedora 7. Worked fine when lightly loaded but put some strain on the CPU, say rsynch backing up my PC or rapid Samba access from the Audiotron MP3 player, and the controller starts throwing kernel Emask errors for the active SATA drive resulting in low performance and eventually the drive gets disconnected. Reading the Linux-IDE mailing list it appears that while rare this isn't an isolated occurrence and affects multiple distros. With a faster CPU / different Motherboard / more up to date Linux kernel this may not be an issue. Of course YMMV

Other Thoughts: For low intensity home use a cheaper SATA I (1.5Gb/s) card might be a better bet. It was for me !

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/30/2008 8:01:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSata II for older system

Pros: It let me use sata on my old system...What a difference over IDE!!! Has raid ability (software). Cost effective upgrade. Made a huge performance increase over ide. Also had an extra ide header for legacy support.

Cons: had to use the tx2 driver whenever I loaded windows setup, or norton ghost...would not let me write zero's to drive even after loading driver. (Probably not necessary unless you get virus or something)

Other Thoughts: this product is great for breathing new life into older systems, but remember to have a floppy with the driver handy wnen you try to do anything with this thing from command line(Ghost ect). This is why 4 eggs instead of five...newegg gets 5 for shipping, and customer service

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/15/2008 10:43:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPCI SATA

Pros: Works well
Supports NCQ.
supports disconnection for hot swapping

Cons: Have to manually enable NCQ support after windows Driver is loaded.
Does not have an eSATA connector on it.
have to reboot after 3 drive swaps, for drives to detect properly.

Other Thoughts: Fast, and adds 2 SATA connectors, and an IDE connector to a system for lots more storage.

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  • Viktor L.
  • 1/18/2008 6:48:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Working great. OS installed on SATA is working faster. SATA or IDE connectors are excepting big drives.

Cons: If you are going to install OS on the drive connected to this card you have to make drive disket from supplied CD before OS installation.

Other Thoughts: Right now I am using SATA drive and this card to run my system faster. When I'll upgrade my computer I still can use my SATA drive on new motherboard and use this card to use my IDE drive with my old files.

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  • Miao S.
  • 1/11/2008 11:54:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsextremely good

Pros: It works flawlessly so far. Your Device Mananger will see the controller under "SCSI and RAID controllers". This will tell you that the system detects the card. Now you need to format your hard drives that attached to the controller through Disk Management which can be found under "Computer Management" in Administrative Tools. (you can turn on Administrative Tools by right clicking on "All Programs", then click on Properties, under Start Menu, click on Customize, the click on Advanced tab and stroll down under Start menu items. You should see it at the bottom.

Cons: no cons so far. it is compatible with all components

Other Thoughts: what I encountered in the beginning was I couldn't see new hard drives I attatched to the controller, I thought there was something wrong with the controller. It ended up being the format issue. I did not format the drives through Disk Management. After formatting new hard drives, all problems were solved. It works like a charm.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/7/2008 4:45:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsIncompatible with my Asus MB

Pros: Card is inexpensive, also supports native SATA II.

Cons: Incompatible with my Asus A7N266-VM motherboard. Also had conflicts with my USB 2.0 card.

Other Thoughts: The SATA300-TX2plus card has serious problems with my PCI USB 2.0 card. Had to remove the card completely before the Promise card would detect a SATA drive. After removing the USB card the card would detect the SATA drive. Windows XP could now see the drive but the drive format would fail at the end with a write error. Tried other formatting utilities with no luck. Spent several days researching a solution and even opened a ticket with Promise but after four days I gave up waiting for a response. I removed the Promise card and am in the process of RMAing the card back for a refund. As a temporary measure, I have installed my SATA drive in an external USB 2.0 enclosure and have had no problems. I am going to order an IDE to SATA mini adapter that snaps in the back of the SATA drive and allows it to be connected to an IDE interface. I know I won't get the max throughput going this route but at least I can start using my SATA drives on my older motherboards.

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  • William P.
  • 12/17/2007 2:21:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDon't Buy

Pros: Card worked properly for a day then I had to stop using due to bad drivers.

Cons: On the 2nd day my computer stopped booting due to the DontGo.sys driver locking up. Promise support was pretty much useless, they suggested I move the card to a different slot. If you search the web you will find other people with the DontGo.sys problem.

Other Thoughts: Product seems ok but the driver is poor. If I cannot sell mine online I'll be throwing it in the trash.

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  • John C.
  • 12/17/2007 5:59:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsnice

Pros: works great. installed fine. reads quickly.

Cons: none

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