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Pros: I can't vouch for Windows support on this product, but I can tell you that in Xpenology or Vmware ESXI it works great and is natively supported.
Getting the max read / write speeds posted using a 4x slot on my motherboard.
Also getting the posted / advertised speeds for USB 3.0 file transfer rates.
Cons: card requires a 4 pin adapter for power.
Card does not include this adapter or adapter to molex
Had to spend another few dollars for a SATA to Molex Y adapter to power this card correctly.
Card will not run / operate correctly if you do NOT power the card (seems obvious but people seem to ignore this fact)
Other Thoughts: As stated previously it is natively supported in Linux / VM Ware ESXi.
I'm running this card in an HP N54L that is powered by the Xpenology project. I'm able to utilize the 5 internal SATA / SAS + ESATA ports, plus this card. THis gives me a total of 6 plus 2x usb 3.0 for external hard drive backups.
Again, solid card. I've been running it for 5+ months with no issues. Just make sure you POWER the card correctly with floppy / molex adapter.
Pros: I purchased this server over black friday and I've been very happy with the overall performance of the system.
The Turion II is snappy enough to support any flavor of Windows (Win 7 / Win 8 / Sever 2008 R2 / etc.) as well as any virtualization setup running VMWare or Virtual Box.
I bought this server specifically for the purpose of running the Xpenology OS.
Unboxing and installation went without a hitch. I've now got a great home server for all my files / website / etc.
Flashed "The Bay's Bios (unlocking the added features of ports 5 and 6 on the board)
4x 3TB Seagate ST3000DM001 drives
ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB996SP-6SB (6x 2.5 inch drives installed in the 3.5 inch bay)
Syba SD-PEX50055 expansion card (adds 2x usb 3.0 and 2x SATA 6.0gb/s
6" SATA 15-Pin Male to Dual 4-Pin Molex Female Y Splitter
Once all configured and installed i've got a total of 10 drives installed and running on this box. =)
Read / Write speeds are maxing out the gigabit ethernet port (around 100 / 120 MB/s)
Cons: none what so ever =)
Other Thoughts: It's important to note that this microserver has lots of hidden potential. I expect this setup to last me several years going forward.
I also can confirm that Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB BLS2KIT8G3D1609DS1S00 memory works in this system.
Please note that the max supported memroy is only 8gb stock, only after flashing the "The Bay's" bios on my N54l I was able to install 16GB memory
This review is from: Rosewill RC-209-EX PCI 2.3, 32bit, 33/66Mhz SATA Controller Card
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.READ FULL REVIEW